The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Leading a Holy War from the offices of the Pentagon

Oct 20, 2003

For several years, Lieutenant General William Boykin has been touring the country making inflammatory fundamentalist speeches against Muslims and people in other countries. In June of this year, Boykin declared: "Ladies and gentlemen I want to impress upon you that the battle that we're in is a spiritual battle. Satan wants to destroy this nation, he wants to destroy us as a nation, and he wants to destroy us as a Christian army."

A year earlier, in a speech in Oklahoma, about a Muslim military opponent in Somalia, Boykin said he had defeated him because, "I knew that my God was bigger than his. I knew that my God was a real God and his was an idol."

He calls George Bush's election a miracle, since he wasn't elected by a majority of voters, "he was appointed by God." He calls himself a warrior in the kingdom of God and says that the "spiritual enemy will only be defeated if we come against them in the name of Jesus."

Of course, Boykin's remarks are offensive. But they're more than that. In the atmosphere the ruling class has whipped up after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, they are also an encouragement to attacks on Muslims and other immigrants. In short, they're nothing but advocacy of terrorism, a call for a Christian "Holy War" – a Christian "jihad."

So has Boykin been put on trial? Has he been dismissed from his job? Is he being sued? No, in fact, he was appointed to his current position, as a Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, in between these two speeches and many more. And Rumsfeld, whose deputy he is, defended him.

Rumsfeld must have wanted someone to spew out this kind of reactionary garbage. If not, why would he have appointed him?