Shocka! Study Finds Aussie Soldiers Serving In Afghanistan & Iraq Don’t Buy That “Islam is a religion of peace” BS

Most ADF soldiers ‘believe Islam promotes violence and terrorism’

The vast majority of Australian Defence Force personnel believes the Muslim religion promotes ­violence and terrorism, despite “cultural sensitivity training” by the ADF to have its soldiers take the view that Islam is a religion of peace.

The bombshell new study sponsored by the army finds that such “anti-Muslim sentiments” are “probably quite widespread” among Australian frontline troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, and that the military’s efforts to reverse this trend are counter-productive.

The study by academic Charles Miller, published yesterday in the Australian Army Journal, was clearly perceived by top military brass as likely to be highly controversial, prompting Chief of Army General Angus Campbell to write a preamble saying his staff “have a number of opposing views on this article’s content”.

The study was financially supported by the ADF’s Army Research Scheme.

Dr Miller, who is a lecturer in Strategic and Defence Studies at the Australian National Univer­sity, writes that “in this study, I use a technique designed to ­elicit frank responses to sensitive questions — the ‘list experiment’ — to examine ADF views on Islam.”

“I find little evidence that the official ‘Islam as a religion of peace’ narrative is widely ­accepted, nor is there evidence that cultural sensitivity training has any effect,” he says.

“The best estimate … for the proportion of soldiers who have received cultural sensitivity training and who believe that the Muslim religion promotes violence and terrorism is 91 per cent.

“The corresponding figure for those who have not had cultural sensitivity training is 17 per cent.”

Dr Miller, who surveyed a sample of 182 soldiers, writes that “there are a number of issues which could arise if anti-Muslim sentiment is widespread within the defence force.

“If Australia’s Muslim community perceives the security services as inherently hostile, this may reduce the flow of intel­ligence on the activities of ­Islamic extremist organisations in Australia,” he says.

“Probably most important at present, hostility to Muslims in general could hamper the effectiveness of the ADF on deployment in the greater Middle East in a number of ways.”

To counter Islamophobic tendencies, the ADF employs cultural sensitivity training that “attempts to familiarise ADF personnel with the main ­attributes of the culture of the ­nations to which they are to be ­deployed”, Dr Miller writes.

He said the “list experiment” aims to “persuade individuals to freely express views which may be deemed socially undesirable or for which they could otherwise be punished.”

Dr Miller said more work should be done by the ADF to get a better understanding of the issue, but the problem was that “the open expression of anti-Muslim sentiment in the ADF can and has led to disciplinary charges and dismissal.”

  • Heltau

    Thank goodness that some one somewhere believes that islam is a peace of crap of a religion.
    Not like the US thinking it is all peaceful and light.

  • Miss Trixie

    Well, DUH.

    ~ Captain Obvious

    • BillyHW

      Does that make Pope Francis Captain Oblivious?

  • Barrington Minge

    Whoa!!! No shit, Sherlock!!

  • Justin St.Denis

    I find it shocking that veterans of Afghanistan or other Middle Eastern wars would conclude anything negative about islam after having experienced the richness and diversity of islamic cultures firsthand.

    (SARC function ON)

  • Norman_In_New_York

    I’m shocked, shocked that most Australian soldiers serving in Muslim countries think that Islam supports violence and terrorism.

  • SDMatt

    That is eerily similar to U.S. Grant telling the troops that slavery was in fact peachy-keen and that the Union Army was in the South because of a desire to see that part of the country. Plus they had an excess of blue cloth.

    Or something like that.

  • Alain

    Enough of the studies, especially asking whether anyone believes whatever about Islam. It is no what one thinks or believes that counts; it is what one observes and sees that counts. By their actions you shall know them, not by an opinion poll.

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    I don’t buy that ‘Islam is a religion of peace’ garbage either. Does that mean I now “identify” as an Aussie soldier? It all gets so confusing. Well, at least I can still just use the mens room. Can’t I?

  • Martin B

    “To counter Islamophobic tendencies, the ADF employs cultural sensitivity training that “attempts to familiarize ADF personnel with the main attributes of the culture of nations to which they are to be deployed”, Dr Miller writes.”

    Oh yeah, teach them all about honour killing, bacha bazi boys, and marrying your nine-year-old cousin after gouging out her clit. That’ll make those Islamophobic tendencies go away in a flash. Do Dr Miller and his fellow academics ever ponder why it is that the more time ADF personnel spend getting up close and personal with real live Mohammedans in their native habitat, the more they hate Islam?

    • Or… teach them the western appeaser wish-dream version of Islam and then introduce them to the real thing – Hilarity Ensues!

  • ntt1

    It was much the same with my father a British Officer who ended up spending almost ten years in the middle east. Interestingly in post war Cairo the Brits utilized German soldiers to assist in keeping the peace. before being repatriated ,like the Brits ,to their respective smoking ruins they may have been enemies a few months before but they were united in disgust for Muslim Arabs

  • canminuteman

    So Australian soldiers aren’t retarded. That’s a good thing.

    • ntt1

      apart from the vegemite/ marmite problem you are right.

      • canminuteman

        There is nothing better than Marmite. On crispy rye toast with lots of butter. I eat it by the pound. As for Vegemite, I’ve never had It. I understand it’s a cheap Australian knock off.

        • ntt1

          there are those who claim it is identical, yet aussie consumers claim it is the real deal,far better than the pommie muck marmite, I think vegemite is an ill conceived substitute for marmite ,conceived by condemned prisoners eager for a taste of home. this is a sandwich spread version of the gun carved from soap.

  • Brett_McS

    Bernard Gaynor – one of the candidates in the Australia Liberty Alliance party for the coming election – was a Major in the Australian Army, serving in Afghanistan in the intelligence section, and was hounded and harassed by the senior brass for his outspoken defence of western (and Christian) values. Eventually he took them to court and won his case. The top brass in most western armies (even Israel’s) tend to be political hacks.

  • moraywatson

    Political correctness as a form of insanity. I give you the command structure of the ADF as Exhibit A.

  • Exile1981

    Hmm looking at sources on line it appears that there is another factor at work here.

    The soldiers who recieved the “training” all did so prior to being sent to an islamic country. The ones who havn’t had to endure islam up close and personal didn’t have the same views.

    I would suggest that exposure to muslim culture is the driving factor not the training.