INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS / Diana West is horrified by military move to end education about nature of jihadism (WND-WORLD NET DAILY COMMENTARY) by DIANA WEST 05/04/12)
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Remember the sci-fi cult classic “Invasion of the Body Snatchers”?
The 1956 movie is about a small town where extraterrestrial “pods”
take over the townspeople. Even pillars of the community change into
zombielike clones, as revealed by their blank stares and abnormal
impulses. Outwardly, though, the “pod people” remain unchanged.
The town doctor, played by Kevin McCarthy, figures out what’s going
on, but, as the movie progresses, there are fewer real people to
warn. Soon, they’ve all gone over to the Other Side! The climactic
sequence features McCarthy, the last free man, running across a
rugged landscape and onto a crowded highway to warn the rest of
“Let him go – they’ll never believe him,” say his erstwhile
neighbors, now pod people.
“Stop! Listen to me! You’re next!” he shouts to people in cars,
barely dodging traffic.
Brakes squeal, horns blare. Angry drivers (“You’re drunk!”) wave him
away. Needless, to say, he can’t make them understand.
True confession: I can relate. Sometimes, gearing up for a weekly
column – particularly when it’s another entry in the annals of the
Islamization of the West – feels a lot like running onto the highway
yelling, “Stop! Listen! It’s coming! You’re next …” The feeling gets
stronger still when sizing up what I can describe only as body-
snatched impulses in real-life pillars of society. I refer to people
in positions of responsibility – in uniform, even – who, by all
appearances, are “normal” until – wham! – their eyes go glassy and
you realize you’re looking at … a pod person.
Am I kidding? I don’t know how else to explain the memorandum sent
out last week by the Joint Chiefs chairman, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey.
(Well, I do, but bear with me.) Could it have been sent out by a pod
person who just looks like a Joint Chiefs chairman? It’s the
general’s signature, all right, and his official seal. But the memo
itself is from another planet.
In this memo, our highest-ranking military officer orders the entire
United States military to purge its educational and training classes,
files and rosters of instructors to ensure that no members of the
U.S. military are ever again instructed in the basic principles of
Islamic jihad. The body snatchers call such allegedly offending
educational material “anti-Islam,” but it covers study of Islamic-
style war. Given the unchecked threat of such war, both violent and
covert, to spread Shariah (Islamic law) until a new global caliphate
exists, the question is whether eliminating instruction in the enemy
threat doctrine is something a “normal” Joint Chiefs chairman would
do. The answer is no. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” strikes again.
It all started this time (there was an earlier round last fall) due
to one elective course – “Perspectives on Islam and Islamic
Radicalism” – offered at a military staff college in Norfolk, Va.
According to Wired online, this course included guest lectures by
Maj. Stephen Coughlin (U.S. Army Reserves). Coughlin is an expert in
Islamic law and jihad doctrine (he and I are among the 19 co-authors
of “Shariah: The Threat to America”), whose rigorously sourced briefs
are legendary in Washington security circles and beyond. Coughlin’s
contributions alone would make the whole course worth taking.
When I read that the general’s deputy for education, Lt. Gen. George
Flynn, described the course as “inflammatory,” my eyes widened in
horror: Oh, no – that’s what a pod person would say! Joint Chiefs
Chairman Dempsey canceled the course, then ordered that top-to-bottom
purge. Clearly, only an im-pod-ster would do that.
Dempsey wrote that he was concerned the military was teaching
material “inconsistent with the values of our profession, and
disrespectful of Islam.” A new review would “ensure our Professional
Military Education programs exhibit the cultural sensitivity, respect
for religion and intellectual balance that we should expect in our
How about teaching material consistent with the values of free
inquiry and with respect for veracity instead? What is urgently
needed is a review to ensure military education offers unflinching
threat analysis based on meticulously sourced facts and research.
That’s what a “real” Joint Chiefs chairman would demand, not
a “politically correct” curriculum designed to subordinate U.S.
national security interests to a policy of not offending Islam.
Wake me when this horror flick is over. (© 2012 WorldNetDaily.com,
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