That new U.S. Army patch with scimitars is downright creepy
The United States Army has created a new patch for soldiers who are fighting ISIS in Iraq.
USA Today reports that “the Army's patch features crossed scimitars, a palm wreath and stars. The scimitars, short swords with curved blades, are meant to symbolize the twin goals of the U.S.-led coalition: to defeat the Islamic State, also referred to as ISIL, and to restore stability in the region, according to Army documents. The palm wreath is symbol of honor. While the stars and the buff-and-blue colors on the patch indicate the three-star command and the land, air and sea forces involved in the fight.”
AT readers, you be the judge. As featured at Atlas Shrugs, here is an image of the new patch on the right, next to an image of a Muslim Brotherhood symbol on the left.
As Pamela Geller notes, this patch is a sign of submission.
All the words used to rationalize the design are an example of pretzel-twisting mental gymnastics of epic proportions. As for the scimitars, I think most AT readers are familiar with these symbols. If so, or even if not, here’s a bit of information about these swords, per Wikipedia:
A scimitar (/ˈsɪmɨtər/ or /ˈsɪmɨtɑr/) is a backsword or sabre with a curved blade, originating in the Middle East.
The curved sword or "scimitar" was widespread throughout the Middle East from at least the Ottoman period…. (snip)
Many Islamic traditions adopted scimitars, as attested by their symbolic occurrence, e.g., on the Coat of arms of Saudi Arabia.
The earliest known use of scimitars is from the 9th century, when it was used among Turkic and Tungusic soldiers in Central Asia.
The sword (or saif) is an important symbol in Arab cultures, and is used as a metaphor in many phrases in the Arabic language. [T]he scimitar is also used in Saudi Arabia as an executioner's tool for beheading.
(Thomas Lifson adds: Don't fail to notice that the red, white, and blue of American tradition have been replaced by green, the color of Islam.)
So let’s not get lost in the lies being peddled about the symbolism behind the swords or any other aspect of the design of this despicable new patch. We’re awake, and we know what it means. It is yet another act to undermine our military – and indeed our nation – by aligning the United States with the enemy as Obama sends signal after signal to the Muslim world that he stands with them and not with the United States.
As Maj. Gen. Robert Dees (U.S. Army, ret.) stated this past weekend at the Values Voters Summit, and as reported by CNS News, the military readiness of the United States is being “degraded by social experimentation. … Not only are we losing physical readiness to fight, we have to fix the problem of moral readiness.” In his interview with CNS News, Dees continued: “… social experimentation is improperly named because it’s not an experiment at all. It’s a top-driven mandate for social agendas that occurs by this administration within the military, which is a captive audience.”
“Social agenda?” I think that’s putting it mildly.
We are being undermined, mocked, weakened, degraded; you name it.
And why is the military a “captive audience”? When will our military leaders say “enough!”?
I understand there is a chain of command. And I understand that the Obama administration has infected the military, as it has infected every arm of our government, with cowards and dhimmis. But are there no leaders left who will take a stand?
If our military is willing to become an arm of an Islamophile president who is actively helping to advance the caliphate while weakening the United States, then what’s left?