ARLINGTON, Va. - A major U.S. Islamic group has called for "appropriate
disciplinary action" for the Marine general who said, "It's fun to shoot
"We do not need generals who treat the grim business of war as a sporting
event," Nihad Awad, director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations,
said in a statement. "These disturbing remarks are indicative of an
apparent indifference to the value of human life."
The Washington-based CAIR's stated mission is "to enhance understanding of
Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American
Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding."
Lt. Gen James Mattis, the commander of the Marine Corps Combat Development
Command in Quantico, Va., offered no public apologies for his comments in
the wake of a media dust-up.
Marine Corps officials at the Pentagon said they've received about a dozen
calls and e-mails complaining about Mattis' comments as well, but said
there were no plans for disciplinary measures.
"As far as we're concerned, the issue is closed," said a spokesman.
"We see this so-called counseling as less than a slap on the wrist," said
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for CAIR. "There should at least be some kind
of formal reprimand. If the Pentagon wants to be seen as taking this
seriously, they have to take serious action.
"I think the great military leaders throughout history has always viewed
killing as necessary evil, not as source of pleasure," Hooper continued.
"And in this case he's talking about killing Muslims. I don't think this
helps America's image in the Muslim world…