Louisiana Army ROTC exercise used stereotypical images of Muslims with sheep, oil barrels etc.
Since when do the CAIR terrorists get a say on what our military does? Time to start using CAIR faces for target practice.
(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/26/10) – A prominent national Muslim civil rights and advocacy (TERRORIST FRONT) group said today that the Louisiana Army ROTC’s use of props portraying stereotypically-dressed Muslim men crouching behind an oil barrel and sheep highlights the disturbing Islamophobic trend toward viewing all Muslims as “the enemy.”
The Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said ROTC cadets used the props in a February 20 exercise held just two blocks from a mosque used by students at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. A representative of the Tulane Muslim Students Association called the props “offensive.” (We find Muslims offensive)
“The use of stereotypical images of Muslims and Arabs by those training to be military officers sends the false and disturbing message that our nation is at war with Islam,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper (BUT WE ARE AT WAR WITH ISLAM!). “Our political and religious leaders must speak out against this growing trend toward demonizing Islam and equating Muslims with ‘the enemy.'”
“America’s future military officers should be equipped with the best possible understanding of the places in which they will be operating so they can lead their troops effectively. This understanding is not provided by exposing them to crass (ACCURATE) stereotypes.”
Hooper said other recent incidents indicating a rise in anti-Muslim sentiments include vandalism at a Tennessee mosque, an anti-Islam e-mail circulated by sheriff’s department personnel in Florida, an Islamophobic panel discussion at a conservative conference in Washington, D.C., and the firing of a Muslim employee in California who refused a supervisor’s demand to remove her Islamic head scarf, or hijab. CAIR (That’s ALL?)
Army ROTC cadets carried M249 light machine guns during lab exercises Feb. 20 that involved the use of props portraying concealed Muslim men on Zimple Quad. One cut-out prop depicted a man crouched behind a sheep, while the other represented a man standing behind an oil barrel. AROTC held the laboratory exercises two blocks from the campus Al-Rahma Mosque.
Master Sergeant Thomas Lewis of Tulane AROTC said the props served as part of a procedure aimed at improving communication through the chain of command. “These props bring cadets to different angles where they have to then report back what they see,” Lewis said. “We verify what they saw or explain to them what they should have reported.”
Ahmed Siddiqui, president of the Tulane Muslim Students Association, said he found the use of props representing stereotypical Muslims offensive and that these laboratory policies portray a negative image of the AROTC. (Who cares?)
“Overseas terrorists use photographs of President Bush as targets during militant training, but the [AROTC] is using pictures of generalized people, not a specific insurgent,” Siddiqui said. “The depiction of a Muslim man in traditional Arab clothing hiding behind a sheep and an oil barrel is a stereotype that portrays all Arabs as being enemies of the state.” (They all ARE enemies of the state, including YOU)
Lieutenant Leone Campbell, however, a representative of the University of California Los Angeles AROTC, said its lab exercises have involved the use of props in addition to cadets dressing up as foreigners. “We’ve had cadets build bunkers and dress up as mock Afghanis,” Campbell said. “They’ve had to wear something on their head or a robe — dress up to not look like a cadet.”
Major Bill Pola, a representative of the University of Washington AROTC, said his program uses cut-out props representing people. When asked to describe the props in greater detail, Pola declined to comment.
Master Sergeant Lewis of Tulane said these props help cadets learn to identify people or objects present in the environments they are placed in. “We are training to defend our nation and produce future officers,” Lewis said. “Cadets have to be able to physically identify in order to eliminate a threat or identify it as not a threat.”
Sophomore Kelly Barry, who watched the exercises from across the street, said the AROTC’s use of the props on campus and visible from Broadway Street was offensive. “The cut-outs seemed racist,” Barry said. “Not only were they depicting Muslims, but they were crouching behind sheep and oil barrels. I don’t understand why it had to be like that.” (HA HA HA) Tulane