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Exclusive: The Crusader Sub-Culture in the US Military

12 November 2013 Editorial 21 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

Jacob Hausner

The US military’s “Islam problem” captured news headlines even before Wired.com ‘s 2012 breaking story about a military course teaching soldiers that the USA was at “war with Islam.” Since 2007 the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) and its founder Mikey Weinstein have diligently documented violations of religious freedom within the military. During that time many of MRFF’s documentation of violations have included cases of anti-Islam/Muslim propaganda and activities.

In addition to these very troubling stories reported in the mainstream press and by rights organizations, Islamophobia Today has uncovered facts indicating that the pervasive “Crusader” sub-culture within the ranks of Islamophobes isn’t limited to internet forums and blogs but also exists within the US Military.

Anti-Muslim/Islam and pro-Crusader themes tied to military-use paraphernalia, including: T-Shirts, insignias, bullet coating, rifle scope cases as well as tattoos inscribed “Kafir,” and “Infidel” have become common within a sub-set of the US military.

Many soldiers have expressed deep concern about this Crusader sub-culture. A growing network of e-stores, as well as large chains such as SEARS (online) to this day are selling the aforementioned anti-Muslim/Islam commodities.

Most troubling, Crye Precision, which is under Department of Defense contract for the production of Multicam camouflage for the US Military is also involved in the anti-Muslim/Islam trade with a brand of “Infidel” themed clothing wear and accessories.

Allow me to provide some examples:

Kafir_USMC

USMC Marine with “Kafir”/Infidel Tattoo

Possible Navy SEAL (AOR pattern 1 camouflage- exclusive to Navy SEALS) with a menagerie of patches including “Infidel strong”, “Hadji Don’t Surf”

Possible Navy SEAL (AOR pattern 1 camouflage- exclusive to Navy SEALS) with a menagerie of patches including “Infidel strong”, “Hadji Don’t Surf”

“Infidel strong”

“Infidel strong”

“Hadji Don’t Surf

“Hadji Don’t Surf

U.S. ARMY 3rd infantry division soldier- photo #1

U.S. ARMY 3rd infantry division soldier- photo #1

Army 3rd ID soldier- photo #2 “infidel” tattoo

Army 3rd ID soldier- photo #2 “infidel” tattoo

USAF Helicopter Crewman with “Infidel” patch

USAF Helicopter Crewman with “Infidel” patch

"Infidel Patch"

“Infidel Patch”

U.S. ARMY 10th Mountain Division soldier in Wardak Providence, Afghanistan, 2009. “Kafir” tattoo

U.S. ARMY 10th Mountain Division soldier in Wardak Providence, Afghanistan, 2009. “Kafir” tattoo

Unknown SPEC OPS soldiers (Crye Precision Multicam uniform, OPS-CORE “FAST” ballistic helmet; both products designated to SPEC OPS community) conducting training in northern California. “Hadji Don’t Surf” patch

Unknown SPEC OPS soldiers (Crye Precision Multicam uniform, OPS-CORE “FAST” ballistic helmet; both products designated to SPEC OPS community) conducting training in northern California. “Hadji Don’t Surf” patch

“Hadji Don’t Surf

“Hadji Don’t Surf

German soldier, Afghanistan. Part of the NATO ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) forces. Note that the patch is in Arabic as well as English so that the meaning isn’t obscured.

German soldier, Afghanistan. Part of the NATO ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) forces. Note that the patch is in Arabic as well as English so that the meaning isn’t obscured.

The anti-Islam sub-culture that degrades and dehumanizes the Muslim ‘other’ has given rise to online e-stores that seek to fill the special niche of serving officers with the most dehumanizing representations of Muslims and Islam, as well as selling pro-Crusader images and insignia. Those involved are not only small online retailers, but such large and well know retailers as Crye Percision (manufactures all camoflague for US military) and SEARS.

For a country that has invaded two Muslim nations, continues drone strikes in several more and suffers from a severe deficit of trust with 1.5 billion Muslims, claiming to want to seek to “win hearts and minds” may well be viewed in an altogether different, more cynical light.

There are a number of internet businesses that propagate this culture. Two of the more well known sites to purchase “infidel” clothing and accessories are http://www.opsgear.com and http://www.milspecmonkey.com. Milspecmonkey.com is the manufacturer/e-retailer of the: “Infidel,” “Infidel Strong,” “Pork Eating Crusader, and “Hadji Don’t Surf” patches shown in the body of this report. Opsgear.com especially caters to military, law enforcement, and aficionados with their infidel t-shirt line:

"Infidel" t-shirt and cap.

“Infidel” t-shirt and cap.

"American Infidel"--Arabic & English

“American Infidel”–Arabic & English

One retailer to take note of is Crye Precision.

What makes them stand out in particular is the fact that Crye is the manufacturer of Multicam, which is the new camouflage for all US armed forces. Crye is also under DOD contract to produce newer camouflage for the Department of Defense as well as (of 2012) to supply uniforms to US forces.

Crye’s side project apart from the Department of Defense contracts is a line of product called the “Major League Infidel” line. The most alarming part of this is that Crye manufactures camouflage and uniforms for the US Military and manufactures this brand of infidel products (which are also aimed towards service personnel). Here are some examples of what one can find at http://cryeprecision.com :

Crye_Precision_Infidel_Gear

One of the most alarming aspects of this cottage industry may be that the “infidel” label is creeping into the mainstream. I came across Kafir/Infidel items for sale at a major retailer, SEARS.

From rifle scope covers to t-shirts and more, SEARS is selling all the aforementioned on their website:

Sears_Infidel

Sold at SEARS: Eotec rifle scope case with Kafir/Infidel embedded in it

SEARS_Infidel_Scope

Sold at SEARS: Kafir/Infidel t-shirt

“Alarming” may be an understatement:  American military personnel are purchasing these goods and are displaying them in theater. One wonders what the indigenous Afghani and Iraqi citizens, police, contractors, and military personnel feel/felt when they see/saw US soldiers wearing these items?

Another extremely concerning aspect within this industry of hate is a product called Silver Bullet Gun Oil (www.silverbulletgunoil.net/), or SBGO.

It is quite clear what Silver Bullet Gun Oil is used for by the rhetoric on their websites blog:

18-SBGO-1

SBGO claims that it sends Muslims ‘straight to hell’ if a shooter uses the product in their weaponry. I should point out that the gun oil contains 13% liquified pork fat and that it is directly marketed towards coalition soldiers and law enforcement in Western nations:

19-SBGO-1

And:

20-SBGO

This product is symptomatic of a greater Islamophobia that permeates deeper than clothing and tattoos. Because the product (reportedly) sends “Allahs’ followers to HELL”, or at least– that is the language employed by it’s manufacturer– one can say that it is actively pushing an agenda of Holy War against Muslims, as that is the language employed throughout the website:

21-SBGO

While the US Military took action against Sgt. Dooley, suspending him for teaching courses that discussed “total war on Islam,” it is vital that the military also address the Crusader sub-culture within its midst.

A corrective course of action that both acknowledges the existing sub-culture and makes amends where it can is the only way to nip such sentiments in the bud. The belief that the USA’s “War on Terror” is really a “War Against Islam” is widespread in Muslim nations, by not addressing these issues the military will provide AlQaeda and its affiliates with a propaganda coup.

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21 Comments »

  1. Or or or, they got called infidel so many times while in theater that they, instead of being angered by the monicker, choose instead to adopt it and wear it with pride in a show of brotherhood amongst those that have served there, but that wouldn’t fit in to your extremist apologizing message now would it?

  2. The people we’re actively fighting consider us infidels, believe they’ll get 72 virgins if they die in the course of killing us and want to impose strict islamic law on everybody. IOW, they have an ideology – and we’re opposed to that ideology. That makes us the “kuffar.” Why not celebrate it?

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  4. I have always argued that everybody should stay away from the US military and their snake oil charmer recruiters. This adds another reason why that advice is valid.

  5. Explain why it is a bad thing when the non-Islamic soldiers who are called infidel and kaffir by Islamic believers self-identify in kind?

  6. Not surprised, what do you expect from idiot pawns we have in the Military. Leaders look the other way, cuz they hate Muslims, I’d guess that at least 45% of Americans hate Muslims. So yeah…not surprised one bit that these morons would do this.

  7. […] would appear that Islamophobia Today has a case of Crusader-phobia […]

  8. […] Islamophobia Today  Since 2007 the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) and its founder, anti-Christian extremist and radical atheist, Mikey Weinstein, have diligently documented violations of religious freedom within the military. During that time many of MRFF’s documentation of violations have included cases of anti-Islam/Muslim propaganda and activities. […]

  9. […] Exclusive: The Crusader Sub-Culture in the US Military […]

  10. Who invaded whom? American imperialists.

  11. […] War against terrorists, or war against Islam? The Crusader Sub-Culture in the US Military […]

  12. […] Because of the self-proclaimed experts teaching military personnel about Islam, there is also a growing crusader sub-culture in the military, as reported by Islamaphobia Today.  Unfortunately many vulnerable members of the […]

  13. You come here, terrorize our citizens and refuse to turn over the radicals amongst you and then you WHINE about how you are treated and perceived….we don’t CARE!!! Get it??? You hate us so much and our way of life then please go back to your sandboxes….you are of absolutely no use to us.

  14. […] evidence of a Crusader sub-culture in the US military has made headlines in recent years and one wonders how representative Smith’s views about Islam […]

  15. […] these issues the military will provide AlQaeda and its affiliates with a propaganda coup. Exclusive: The Crusader Sub-Culture in the US Military | Islamophobia Today eNewspaper Register To Reply Aanrader? […]

  16. Arise American Crusaders! i cant take it anymore,if I caught mohammed raping nine year old Aisha I would have beat him so bad even allah got multiple injuries! After that the first page of the koran would say,thou shall not take advantage of the weak for allah clearly remembers mohammeds historic ass kickin!

  17. It’s not against the culture as a whole. .. it’s against those specific individuals within that religion and or culture . I understand I don’t like it when someone burns my flag or makes threats toward my home… I just figure it’s a statement like any man in history who has a jihad declared on him he is gonna go remind the individual he is a 3rd world citizen for a reason…. and we will remove government if it doesn’t play ball with their resources lol so yeah America fuck yeah I was born on the winning team. Sucks for you especially saying islamaphobia… I’m not scared of Islam I took the fight to them lol your the one who can’t let it go I guess your kafirphobic or infidelphobic grow up dude. I could care less about fake religion dictating foreign policy of ridiculous culture. Don’t mean a hill of beans 2 me homeboy. Now get on with your life quit hatein I’m fixing on finishing my beer and about to make carnitas tacos

  18. […] Images via Ismalophobia Today […]

  19. We’ll tough shit!
    We don’t want to offend these idiots mow do we ? Fing really ?
    Who wrote this lame ass story?

  20. God forbid a savage’s feelings get hurt as a round turns his head into a canoe.

    You may not like us, but by god would you be in a world of hurt without us. So continue baaing like the quaint sheep you are from the sidelines about how insensitive to the afghanis feelings we are. The same afghanis who fuck chai boys, wipe their ass with their own hands, practice beheading, and fund their fucking efforts against us with heroin production. I don’t see any fucking outrage from you on that front.

    Seems to me that if you want to fight islamophobia (stupid word, we aren’t afraid of it) maybe you should try and teach it’s practitioners to not be shit heads more often then members of other religions, then maybe we wouldn’t take pride in being what they hate, free men and women who practice free speech without concern for the feelings of people who hate us anyways. Just a thought…

    p.s. I gotta tell ya, being pissed over this really makes whoever comes up with the content of this site look like a big pussy.

  21. The “soldier” you refer to as a 3rd ID soldier is actually a 173rd “soldier” that served in the Korengal Vally.

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