Image via WikipediaZachari Klawonn, a Muslim U.S. Army specialist stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, told the Arabic-language television network Al-Jazeera in a recent interview that training he had undergone in the U.S. military was a “slap in my face” and “propaganda against Islam.”
Thursday, September 16, 2010
By Dan Joseph
(CNSNews.com) - Zachari Klawonn, a Muslim U.S. Army specialist stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, told the Arabic-language television network Al Jazeera in a recent interview that training he had undergone in the U.S. military was “propaganda against Islam.”
Fort Hood is the Army installation where Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, executed a terrorist attack last November. Hasan has since been charged with murdering 13 people and attempting to murder 32 others. Al Jazeera is based in Qatar.
U.S. Army Specialist Klawonn told Al Jazeera he was subject to disrespectful comments and harassment of his property from fellow soldiers and from the Army command itself.
A spokesman for Fort Hood told CNSNews.com that, as an American, Klawonn had a right to express his views and that he had informed his commanding officer that he was going to appear on Al-Jazeera. The spokesman said the Army did not agree with what Klawonn said.
When Klawoon appeared on Al Jazeera on Aug. 24, the moderator asked, "Could you tell us how this anti-Islam campaign which coincides with the month of Ramadan affected your situation at the Fort Hood base which witnessed a shooting by a former Muslim American soldier? How are you being treated these days?"
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“Absolutely," said Klawonn. "Even before that horrific attack [by Maj. Hasan], the overwhelming sense of Islamophobia was present in the U.S. military. It’s evident within the anti-terrorism training as well as the vibe in the general environment around me, and unfortunately some of the discrimination I have been through is the result of that environment."
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Which is more infuriating? Klawonn going on Al Jazeera, which will be exploited for obvious propaganda in the Muslim Arab world, or the spokesman for Ft. Hood saying that he had the "right" to express his views. Specialist Klawonn knows this is going to be used for propaganda and will put other U.S. soldiers in danger. So does the Army. And based on what? His perception of unfairness? At the very least he should be discharged. At worst he should be arrested and charged for treason, under the UCMJ, for aiding and abetting the enemy. If this current crop of the upper brass in the military doesn't pull their heads out, and stop this appeasement mindset, there is going to be more and more of this kind of undermining of our men and women in uniform. Unfortunately I'm afraid there will be more Maj Hasan's as well.