If I had your attitude, my last mission would have failed miserably. Don't presume to tell me that I'm blemishing my service by not jumping on your bandwagon. And don't put words in my mouth by pretending that I'm somehow defending Islam.
For charity's sake, I'll admit that for someone like me, with my personality, doing CA work, the temptation to "go native" is there. My own faith was a strong bulwark against it. I don't believe Islam is the correct religion, by no means. But I've also met scores of Muslims who, within their own framework, try to live their lives and do right and good. I don't see how being needlessly antagonistic to every aspect of their faith fights the fanatics or the jidhadi butchers.
To put things in perspective when I was downrange, I had Muslims agree WITH American opposition to the WTC mosque. People aren't stupid and they realized why a lot of Americans were against it. But nothing set back my efforts like Terry Jones burning the Koran. The former was a principled fight against insensitive Muslim propaganda, the latter needlessly antagonistic. As an aside they were utterly flabbergasted that anybody could burn any religious book they wanted.
As I mentioned earlier, my mistake was posting to this thread in the first place.
Good luck burying a billion people. Let me know how that turns out.
“Don’t presume to tell me that I’m blemishing my service by not jumping on your bandwagon. And don’t put words in my mouth by pretending that I’m somehow defending Islam.”