Very little about imperialism has changed since the First Crusade. Imperialism, evangelism, and militarism collide with this video released by Al Jazeera late yesterday. Churches raise money so that US soldiers can distribute Bibles in Pashtu and Dari to Afghan people after they’ve bombed and slaughtered their families.
The religious peoples view the American occupation as an opportunity to use soldiers’ free time for missionary work, and this is something people in high military positions are in support of. The preacher in the video above is the chief — the chief!! — of US military chaplains in Afghanistan. Jeremy Scahill writes on AlterNet that
…the center of this evangelical operation is at the huge U.S. base at Bagram, one of the main sites used by the U.S. military to torture and indefinitely detain prisoners.
Not only do they torture people there, and plan raids, but they also plan the ideological takeover of the Afghan people from those walls. Scahill writes,
Trying to convert Muslims to any other faith is a crime in Afghanistan. The fact that the video footage is being broadcast on Al Jazeera guarantees that it will be seen throughout the Muslim world. It is likely to add more credence to the perception that the U.S. is engaging in a war on Islam with neo-crusader forces invading Muslim lands.
Scahill follows up shortly after because the military is apparently denying what happened, or claiming Al Jazeera is taking things way “out of context” and saying that this is
irresponsible and inappropriate journalism.
If Al Jazeera did not report this, many people would not know it. It’s amazing that Dubai-based Al Jazeera can uncover this information but none of the American journalists can. It’s amazing that German journalists uncovered a lot of American evangelism in Iraq too, when American journalists stood idly by.