Left Eye on Books

Friday, March 03, 2006

For God and Country

Review of former army captain and Muslim chaplain James Yee's autobiography in Asia Times today. Yee was accused of espionage.

As part of his responsibility as Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo, Yee reported up the chain of command on various practices he deemed in contravention of the US Army's standard operating procedures and American values. He believes he was targeted because of those reports.

The review concludes:

Yee's autobiography amply demonstrates the huge gap between the lofty rhetoric of the Bush administration about its "war on terror" and the practical realities that many Muslims are feeling around the world. After September 11, Yee was dedicated to doing everything he could to reduce the gulf of misunderstanding about Islam and Muslims. He was thrown in prison and had his career ruined for his efforts.

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