101st Airborne Muslim Turns On Own Comrades
Why on earth was a known Muslim a member of the U.S. 101st Airborne
division of the U.S. military? And why was he allowed to progress
all the way to the battlefield? The suspect is identified as Sgt. Asan
Akbar with the 326th Engineer Battalion of the 101st.
By throwing a live grenade into a tent full of men, this soldier
turned on his own comrades; killing one and seriously wounding at
least a half dozen others. The Pentagon identified the soldier killed
in the incident as Capt. Christopher Scott Seifert, 27. The names of
those wounded have not been released.
Could this be a strong indicator of things to come? Are there many men
just like Sgt. Asan Akbar Embedded in the coalition forces? Is it
possible, even probable that similar incidents will occur on an even
larger scale once the coalition reaches a critical point in the fight
in Baghdad proper? Could Al Queda or Saddam Hussein have a plan to
have large numbers of men just like this one, turn on his comrades at
a critical juncture? Is it likely that the U.S. led coalition could
suffer huge losses and have their battle plan thrown into Kaos?
© Arlene Longson March 23/2002