The Navy SEALS’ job, pretty much, is to deal with Muslims who have an axe to grind. For years in Afganistan and Iraq, they’ve used their strength and skills to face down Islamists in the battlefield. Facing angry Islamists in the political field, though, is apparently more than the SEALS — or, more accurately, their politically connected higher ups — can stand. Today’s example: the Navy’s decision to pretend that men and women wearing burqas aren’t legitimate targets against which the SEALS should train:
The Navy will not use a target depicting a Muslim woman holding a gun at a new training range for SEALs in Virginia Beach.
The announcement came hours after the Council on American-Islamic Relations asked the Pentagon to remove the target. A picture of the cardboard target, which shows a woman in a headscarf holding a pistol, was published in The Virginian-Pilot on Tuesday. The image shows verses of the Quran hanging on the wall behind the woman, which also generated criticism from the group.
Greg, at Rhymes with Right, has some hilarious suggestions for targets the Navy’s Nervous Nellies might find less threatening.
This subject hits home with me, because I took a ton of flak a few months ago for suggesting that the SEALS cried craven when they decided to make their mass murdering terrorist warlord a Jew. I learned through confidential sources that I can’t reveal here that the pivotal scene, the one in which the mastermind is revealed to be Jewish came about accidentally, and that the SEALS didn’t intend to make that point initially. I’m willing to accept that claim in good faith.
But as I kept complaining, the powers that be, once that mistake was made, had two choices. They could have corrected it, which would have been the proper and brave thing to do; or they could have run with it, happy that they could sit across the table from the white collar terrorists at CAIR and promise that no real Muslims would be maligned in the making of the movie.
Here’s a question for SEALS and their ilk to ask themselves: How can I fight bravely when I’m commanded by cowards?