It’s a good thing that Australian troops have been pulled out of Iraq . . .

3 06 2008

. . . because the war is being run by a bunch of class-A fuckwits. As I posted in this blog’s most recent round-up of religious chicanery, some members of US forces stationed in Iraq are attempting to convert the local population to Christianity, distributing Bibles and other fundamentalist Christian literature, as well as “witnessing coins.” As Jason Leopold reports in The Public Record, they’re also handing out Chick tracts, translated into Arabic, to Iraqi children. That means you have US soldiers, part of an occupying force in an overwhelmingly Muslim country, whose fellow soldiers are dying in their dozens month after month at the hands of insurgents opposed to their presence, handing out Arabic translations of the following to Iraqi kids:

The Second Coming of Jeebus can’t come soon enough for these monkeys, can it? Via Dispatches From The Culture Wars.

UPDATE: I should emphasise that I’m not coming at this from a “Thou Shalt Not Offend Religious People” angle. I don’t believe that Muslims, or anyone else for that matter, have a “right” not to be offended, whether in regard to the Danish cartoons or to the Chick tract above. But I do think a case can be made that when idiot Christian soldiers who are part of an occupying army in a Muslim country, a strife-torn, defeated and demoralised country in which the Crusader meme is particularly virulent, go around giving anti-Muslim comic strips to children, those idiot Christian soldiers ought to bear some responsibility for what happens to their fellow soldiers.

I mean, as long as you’re going to lose hearts and minds with inflammatory literature, why not distribute something far more useful and educational than religious fundamentalist pap? How about this for starters? Any other suggestions?




3 responses

3 06 2008

Ah, Chick tracts. Nice to see someone in the command structure has their priorities right.

Do you remember back in 2001-2003 when the US was all out denying the title of “The Army of the Cross”?

Looks like they can’t keep their story straight.

3 06 2008

And the Pentagon’s response, as always, is a study in not giving a shit.

4 06 2008
Sean the Blogonaut

I think I’d shoot an American soldier if he handed me a chick tract.

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