A story in the Pilot Online is causing a bit of controversy because it tells the story of how Navy Seal’s are training its members to fear and hate Muslims by featuring paper targets in a “kill house” that depict a Muslim woman pointing a pistol behind a background features verses of the holy Quran.
Already the story and picture has caused some prominent American Muslim groups to cry “foul.” In a letter to Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad alleges that depicting Muslim women that way is an offense:
“Using a Muslim woman wearing a religious head scarf with [verses from the] Quran behind her as a target for our nation’s military personnel is offensive and sends a negative and counterproductive message to trainees and to the Muslim-majority nations to which they may be deployed…This is yet another example of why the Department of Defense needs to fix what appears to be an ongoing problem by consulting credible scholars and experts to review all training and training materials related to Islam or Muslims.”
See article: CAIR Asks Pentagon Not to Use Target of Muslim Woman, Quran in SEAL Training http://www.sacbee.com/2012/06/29/4599807/cair-asks-pentagon-not-to-use.html#storylink=cpy .
Already rumors are circulating on the web that some radical Muslim groups, including al-Qaida and the Taliban are advocating reprisal actionsbe taken against the U.S. Military for disrespecting the Quran. In one post a Taliban commander termed this as a “crime”.
The Taliban commander compared it with troops “burning the Quran”. He advocated that the picture should be posted on extremist websites to help insight Muslim outrage against “American infidels and dogs.”
Disrespecting the Quran is considered reprehensible in the extreme.
When Quran were burned in Afghanistan by U.S. troops it incited riots and violence in the street.
The Pentagon refused to discuss this issue and is failing to see how such an act as shooting at targets featuring Quran verses could be construed as objectionable. Yet another indication Pentagon officials are woefully ignorant of what they are doing and how they are putting troops in danger without knowing it.
“It is one of the stupidest things I have ever heard of to post an article with pictures of targets featuring Muslim women and verse of the Quran. It’s insane to shoot at verses of Quran and could wind up getting troops killed. Should such a thing be reported by al-Jazzera or some other Muslim news agencies it could cause a controversy that could go viral – if it has not already”, said one American Muslim soldier from Kansas, serving in a front line Infantry unit in Afghanistan, who spoke on facebook, on the strict condition of anonymity…