Friday, August 20, 2004

The War: Senior Officer Violated Regulations

As most RoR readers know, the so-called war on terror is actually a war between a free, secular republic and the practitioners of militant Islam. The fundamental distinction between the combatants is that our side values this life and the individual’s right to live it, while the other side values the afterlife and the right to kill for it. That is, of course, when Christian fundamentalists don’t muck it all up.

A Pentagon investigation has concluded that a senior military intelligence officer violated regulations by failing to make clear he was not speaking in an official capacity when he made church speeches casting the war on terrorism in religious terms, a senior defense official said Thursday.

In most instances the officer, Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, was wearing his Army uniform.

The probe by the Defense Department's deputy inspector general also found that Boykin, the deputy undersecretary of defense for intelligence, violated Pentagon rules by failing to obtain advance clearance for his remarks, which gained wide publicity last fall.

In one appearance, Boykin told a religious group in Oregon that Islamic extremists hate the United States "because we're a Christian nation, because our foundation and our roots are Judeo-Christians. ... And the enemy is a guy named Satan," according to news reports last fall.

Discussing a U.S. Army battle against a Muslim warlord in Somalia in 1993, Boykin told one audience, "I knew my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol." [AP]
I love this plain-talking Christianity. “Who gives you these ideas that individual rights come from a philosophic understanding of man’s nature and his requirements for survival? Is it a guy named Satan?”

As punishment for his breach, General Boykin should be ordered to research and teach a seminar on the history of secularism and freedom in the United States. If our generals don’t understand the lines in this war, how can we ever hope to win it?

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