Following the exposé by “Danger Room” that a course taught at the US Defence Department’s Joint Forces College propagated “total war” against Muslims; the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff has ordered the entire US military to scour its training material to make sure it does not contain similarly lessons of hate. It is reprehensible that the US military taught its future leaders that a ‘total war’ against the world’s 1.4 billion Muslims would be necessary to protect America from Islamic terrorists. The future generation of senior US military officers are asked to consider using the lessons of ‘Hiroshima’ in their war against Islam to wipe out cities at once, targeting the “civilian population wherever necessary.” The controversial course has since been cancelled by Pentagon, but its planner, Lieutenant Colonel Michael A. Dooley, continues to maintain his teaching position at the Norfolk, Virginia College.

“Danger Room” has performed public service by exposing Colonel Dooley, whose course may have caused serious damage since many senior officials, especially colonels, had attended it and later taken up responsible positions in the military. He and his likes have thrown the Geneva Convention IV of 1949 into the dustbin declaring them irrelevant, besides propagating the application of “the historical precedents of Dresden, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Nagasaki” to Islam’s holiest cities, and bringing about “Makkah and Medina[‘s] destruction.”

The power point presentation of the controversial course comprises slides in which Dooley ridicules the concept of “moderate Islam”, distorts the definition of jihad and quotes Quranic verses and Hadith out of context, stating that Islam exhorts its followers to hate Jews and Christians, commanding the faithful (Muslims) to wage a war against them.

It is a cause of serious concern for Washington, since we are not talking about twisted bigots like the Florida Pastor, Terry Jones, who burned copies of the Holy Quràn, but senior members of the US military who form the backbone of the world’s sole superpower. Pentagon should be seriously concerned about how a small group of self-ordained counterterrorism experts have managed to penetrate into the US military, intelligence and institutions of higher learning to propagate that America’s enemy is not al-Qaeda but Islam. Dooley, through his contentious course, exposed the participants to other rabidly anti-Muslim demagogues, who were brought in as guest lecturers. With their help, the participants were led to the ultimate but repugnant conclusion, which is evident from his July 2011 presentation: “We have now come to understand that there is no such thing as ‘moderate Islam’. It is, therefore, time for the United States to make our true intentions clear. This barbaric ideology will no longer be tolerated. Islam must change or we will facilitate its self-destruction.”

Dooley’s eight-week class commenced with a benign two-part history of Islam delivered by David Fatua, a former West Point History Professor. He then launched the heavy artillery through a trio of guest lecturers famous for their incendiary views about Islam. Shireen Burki, who had declared during the 2008 election that “Obama is Osama bin Laden’s dream candidate”, in her lecture to the Joint Forces Staff College told the students that “Islam is an imperialist/conquering religion.” Stephen Coughlin, in his talk to Dooley’s class suggested that al-Qaeda helped drive the overthrow of Egyptian strongman Hosni Mubarak and Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi; it was part of a scheme by Islamists to conquer the world. Former FBI employee John Guandolo informed the conspiratorial World Net Daily website last year that Obama was only the latest President to fall under the influence of Islamic extremists. He justified the crusades, writing that they “were initiated after hundreds of years of Muslim incursion into Western lands.”

In his reference material for the Joint Forces Staff College class, Guandolo not only spoke of today’s Muslims as enemies of the West, but it also included a video lecture from Serge Trifkovic, a defense witness in several trials of Bosnian Serb leaders convicted for the genocide of Muslims. The video supposedly shows President Obama - the Commander-in-Chief of the senior officers attending the course - admitting that he is a Muslim.

The US administration should not only take severe disciplinary action against Dooley and Major General Joseph Ward, Commandant of the school, for trying to heighten inter-religion discord, but also discrediting and portraying President Obama as a traitor.

n    The writer is a political and defence analyst.