This is a double-edged post, one part worrying and important, one part the wicked funny.
A Pentagon expert on how the jihadis use the Koran and Islamic teachings to justify their slaughter and quest for world dominance was fired this week. The commom wisdom has it due to a beef with Hasham Islam an aide to Dep Sec England.
Stephen Coughlin, the Pentagon specialist on Islamic law and Islamist extremism, has been fired from his position on the military’s Joint Staff. The action followed a report in this space last week revealing opposition to his work for the military by pro-Muslim officials within the office of Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England.
Mr. Coughlin was notified this week that his contract with the Joint Staff will end in March, effectively halting the career of one of the U.S. government’s most important figures in analyzing the nature of extremism and ultimately preparing to wage ideological war against it.
He had run afoul of a key aide to Mr. England, Hasham Islam, who confronted Mr. Coughlin during a meeting several weeks ago when Mr. Islam sought to have Mr. Coughlin soften his views on Islamist extremism.
Mr. Coughlin was accused directly by Mr. Islam of being a Christian zealot or extremist “with a pen,” according to defense officials. Mr. Coughlin appears to have become one of the first casualties in the war of ideas with Islamism.
If this is true is is outrageous. Mr. Islam is not an Islamic scholar or an expert on jihadism and how it is justified and spread, Mr. Coughlin is. The simple fact is that calling attention and shining a bright light on Islam around the world paints an ugly picture about a misogynistic, oppressive religion that has spawned a group of hellish murderers willing to kill their way to Paradise with Allah and the goats or here on Earth under the loving iron sandal of Sharia. No thanks folks. It may hurt Mr. Islam's feelings that this gets pointed out, but we need to look at the reality, not the wonderland CAIR would have us behold. I will be following up on this with the Pentagon on Monday.
Now on to the fun, I take a daily constitutional that brings me down to the UW Memorial Union Terrace and one of our lakes, up State St. around the Capitol and down the other side of the isthmus to the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Monona Terrace on our other lake. It's the coolest part of Madison so I am always looking for interesting stuff. For the past week or so, there has been a chalk graffiti on a wall that says "Frankie says Submit". It has been aggravating me for a while because we all know "Frankie says Relax" so I decided to fix it. I figured I would start there and then move on to all the anti-war stuff later, so I donned my guerrilla gear and headed out. The first bit was highly successful and I think the revised version is perfect. Sadly one of Madison's finest informed me that graffiti on walls is a no no, even if you are just correcting mistakes. So my "Peace through Superior Firepower" additions to the many peace signs will have to wait.