Here’s An Idea! Let’s Antagonize Muslims In The Middle East! What Could POSSIBLY Go Wrong?
Back when Bush the lesser was busy getting us involved in wars of choice, he, for a very short time referred to our presence there as a “crusade.” The Crusades, of course, were a series of incursions by the Catholic Church into Muslim territory for strictly materialistic reasons cloaked under guise of “freeing Jerusalem” from the heathens. In other words, a war of choice.
Bush backed off of this rhetoric for a variety of reasons, not the least of which was avoiding making it seem like the United States, a Christian-majority country, was waging war on Islam itself. Nothing sends a population into a rage like attacking their deepest held beliefs. Not that this stopped various religious right wing fanatics from declaring that “I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol” but deliberately inciting Muslims was, and still is, frowned upon.
A few weeks ago, the right threw a hissy fit about some soldiers raising a rainbow flag in Afghanistan because it was a threat to national security. Why? Because Extremist Muslims hate gays just as much as Extremist Christians. Yes, the irony was completely lost on them.
Now, however, I eagerly look forward to the resounding silence from those same people about something that will actually offend Muslims of all stripes, extremist or otherwise. The Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122, renamed the “Werewolves” in 2008 as it prepared to deploy to Iraq is going back to its previous name under its new commander, Lt. Col. Wade Wiegel. OLne would think that being deployed in a Muslim country and calling your unit the “Crusaders” might be not only offensive but just plain stupid. Apparently not. They’ll be putting a nice and big Crusader shield with attendant cross on the tail just to make sure anyone who sees it knows exactly what they’re looking at.
Lt. Col. Wade Wiege claims he is just honoring the history of the unit, which turned seventy this year. I’m not sure how putting a giant bull’s eye on his men is “honoring history” but not all of them are happy to be used to push a religious agenda. Mikey Weinstein, president of Military Religious Freedom Foundation (a group that has received numerous death threats from our own troops), is expecting to take action on part of several marines that find the move dangerous and offensive, including one marine in the 122 itself:
“This universally disgraceful ‘renaming’ action by Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 122′s Commander is a literally breath-taking example of a wretched alloy of both blatant unconstitutionality and boundless stupidity. It will absolutely serve as a priceless propaganda bonanza of jovian magnitude for our nation’s fundamentalist Islamic foes and, thus, represents a veritable national security threat to the United States of America. Likewise, it will incontrovertibly, directly and indirectly hasten the maiming and deaths of our armed forces members. To this world class cretin masquerading as the MFAS 122′s Squadron Commander, I ask, has your motto now become ‘The Few. The Proud. The Crusaders?’ We’ll be seeing you in Federal Court, chump.”
Instead of focusing on the actual threat created by this provocative move on the part of Lt. Col. Wade Wiege, i expect any right wing outlet that reports on this to complain of yet another “attack on Christianity.”
Maybe they think Wiege’s god is bigger than their god so he’ll have nothing to worry about.