So says one of those Gay-looking men’s magazines I saw in the supermarket the other night. Apparently nearly half “the troops” in Iraq and vicinity are “Dominionists,” ie, real theocrats (vs. those who just want “conservative” Evangelicalism to be the Established Religion) – think Christianized Jewish/Old Testament ‘Sharia’ law* – and they’re preaching their gospel to Iraqi Muslims, and non-Dom comrades in arms – and harassing and/or shunning the latter in their units if they don’t convert!
Because of the danger to whatever “the mission” in Iraq is this week, and more importantly to the non-conformist troops, and to the future of U.S. and “Coalition” foreign policy throughout the Muslim world, this near-total breakdown in military discipline has to be stomped out. This behavior is entirely inappropriate for soldiers and officers in a Theater of Operations. Unit solidarity is the whole point of armies, boot camp, Drill Instructor abuse, etc. When you’re out doing one thing 24/7, you can’t be doing other things, especially when lives and nations are at risk (humanly speaking, of course). You may evangelize, harass, and shun Stateside, not on the battlefield. Period.
Classical Conservatives don’t have to be hawks or imperialists to respect war, soldiering, sacrifice for the Common Good (hopefully for the CG), etc.
(*–Yes, that’s the sound of Martin Luther turning over in his grave.)