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Military class: Hiroshima-type solution might be useful against Islamic radicals
WASHINGTON (AP) ' A course for U.S. military officers was teaching that America is at war with Muslims, suggesting the U.S. ultimately may have to wipe out Islamic holy cities like Mecca and Medina just as it destroyed Hiroshima in World War II.
That teaching is counter to repeated assertions by U.S. officials over the last decade that the U.S. is at war against terrorists who distort Islam ' not against the religion itself.
The Defense Department suspended the course at the Joint Forces Staff College last month due to the inflammatory materials, but details of what was taught were first revealed Thursday.
Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called the material objectionable, irresponsible and against American values on freedom of religion.