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Muslims Call for Pentagon Action over General’s Remarks

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/3/05) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations
(CAIR) today called on the Pentagon to discipline a top general who earlier
this week said it is “fun to shoot some people.”

At a public event in San Diego, Calif., Lt. Gen. James Mattis said:

“Actually, it’s a lot of fun to fight. You know, it’s a hell of a hoot”¦You
go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years
because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no
manhood left anyway. So it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them.” The
audience applauded the general’s remarks.

Mattis leads the 1st Marine Division in Iraq. He is based in Quantico, Va.

(Video of the general’s remarks is available at this site.)

“We do not need generals who treat the grim business of war as a sporting
event,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad. “These disturbing remarks
are indicative of an apparent indifference to the value of human life.”
Awad urged that “appropriate disciplinary action” be taken against Gen. Mattis.

In 2003, CAIR called for similar action against Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin,
who told church audiences that he is in “the army of God” and claimed
Muslims worship an “idol.” A Pentagon investigation of Boykin’s remarks
concluded that he violated regulations by failing to make clear he was not
speaking in an official capacity and did not obtain prior clearance for the

CAIR, America’s largest Muslim civil liberties group, has 31 offices and
chapters nationwide and in Canada. Its mission is to enhance understanding
of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American
Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

To read CAIR’s Mission, Vision Statement and Core Principles, go to:

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