An action that no doubt would have infuriated the late General Douglas MacArthur.
The confiscation of the Bibles and their subsequent "burning" was the U.S. military's response to a report by Al-jazeera in regards to a U.S. soldier's Bibles in the native Afghan language.
This was made all the more repugnant in light of the U.S. military's top General Petreaus warning against the "burning" of the Koran in a protest by an independent fringe church in Florida.
The Bibles were in the native Afghan language and were sent by a church to the soldier.
Naturally there were complaints from Islamists.
But hey, its the "new" Afghanistan, they now have true democratic values such as freedom of speech, religion, and expression. Right?
Some have asserted that the U.S. military had no choice because U.S. troops are "invited guests" and must grovel in appeasement on such matters accordingly.
Our U.S. troops are in Afghanistan because this country was attacked on 9/11 and the ruling Afghan government, the Taliban, was giving sanctuary to Bin Laden and those responsible.
No Bibles in the native Afghan tongue would ever have been confiscated and "burned",-- no, not if MacArthur were the General in command.
Soon after the surrender of Japan was accomplished and the U.S. occupation commenced, MacArthur reached out to U.S. churches and Bible publishing companies for assistance.
He requested thousands of Christian missionaries and millions of Bibles for Japan. An excerpt from this article explains why:
["After Japan surrendered in 1945, General Douglas MacArthur became Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in charge of rebuilding the Japanese government."
"To a visiting group of evangelicals, MacArthur said: 'Japan is a spiritual vacuum. If you do not fill it with Christianity, it will be filled with Communism. Send me 1,000 missionaries.' He asked U.S. missionary societies to send 'Bibles, Bibles and more Bibles.'
"Can you imagine a U.S. president or American general asking for missionaries as a part of our foreign aid program?"
"MacArthur knew that a spiritual vacuum resides inside of every person."
"Without Christ, a life will be filled with something else. That something else can be very destructive and cruel, as the world experienced in the struggle against Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany."
"We're seeing the same kind of cruelty today in the terrorism of Islamic fascism."]
Unfortunately those in the higher-ups in our own U.S. government and military today do not seem to grasp the truth of what MacArthur knew.
We want to win "hearts and minds", right? So they won't become jihadists and attack us, right? Money won't do that.
The U.S. occupation authorities in Japan led by General MacArthur understood the link between Shintoism and the aggressive Japanese militarism responsible for the war in the Pacific.
Accordingly, the new constitution of Japan forbid "state supported Shintoism" and mandated true freedom of religion, speech, etc.
In Afghanistan, our own U.S. government and military authorities stood by and allowed Islamists to write the new constitution, based on Islamic shariah law. And making Islam the official state supported religion.
Clueless, absolutely clueless.
To date, our own U.S. government leaders are unwilling to acknowledge the ideological link between Islam and those who attacked us on 9/11.
[Another 1950 telegram from General MacArthur went to Chicago to the Gideon’s as follows:
"I have publicly stated my firm belief that Christianity offers to Japanese a sure and stable foundation on which to build a democratic nation."
"Japanese are becoming increasingly aware of fundamental values of Christian religion and appreciative of its spiritual and moral blessing."
"Your assistance will be of inestimable value."-General MacArthur., --read the rest here.]
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