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Muslim Soldiers in the US Army and Ignorance, Prejudice & DiscriminationDr. Phil Leveque Salem-News.com
The Army needs every Arab speaking soldier they can get.
(MOLALLA, Ore.) - I have been subject to and seen the above in the Army. If the soldier is somewhat different and SMARTER than his Sergeants he is in for HELL.
This latest story from hell is about Army Specialist Zachari Klawonn reported in the Washington Post. Spc. Zachari Klawonn is the son of an American Air Force Veteran who died when his son was 15. His mother is Moroccan and the son is Muslim and speaks Arabic. If you didn’t know you’d think he was a typical American young man and his Army buddies feel the same.
He wanted to serve like his father and joined the Army. How his Drill Sergeant found out he was Muslim isn’t known and it was none of his business. By the ignorant Sergeant he was humiliated in front of his 400 man Battalion which drew threats and “Camel Jockey”, “Rag head”, “Sand Monkey”, et cetera.
Most of those close to him regarded him as smart, brave, dedicated and the best soldier in the Battalion. This is really something for someone who has been humiliated by the Drill Sergeant. One soldier emailed him “You can join me in my foxhole anytime” which is the highest praise and honor a Dogface Soldier can bestow.
I don’t believe this ignorant Drill Sergeant is in the right place – extremely poor judgment! As far as Spc. Klawonn is concerned with his Arabic language facility he is one valuable soldier and should be protected by one, two or maybe four soldiers as were the Japanese American soldiers in Asia or the Navaho Code Talkers who did look like Japanese.
If the Army was smart, ha ha ha, they would make him at least a 5 Stripe Tech Sergeant or a Warrant Officer. He is tooooo valuable to allow to be discharged.
The Army needs every Arab speaking soldier they can get and he VOLUNTEERED!!!
It is fortunate that the Washington Post picked up this story we need many Spc. Klawonn’s but fewer ignorant Sergeants.
HOORAH TO MY ARMY BUDDIES & SPC. ZACHARI KLAWONN!!
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