California National Guard Office Displays Anti-Muslim Poster

July 12, 2005


Wire Service: AP

On July 12, 2005 the Associated Press reported, "Islamic leaders and peace groups are criticizing the California National Guard for a flier posted in its headquarters suggesting the United States should execute Islamic terrorists with bullets dipped in pig's blood to deny them entry to heaven. The poster attributes the practice to World War I General John J. Pershing. 'Maybe it is time for this segment of history to repeat itself, maybe in Iraq?' the flier stated. It was posted outside a cubicle in the Guard's Civil Support Division. A second flier showed the wings and tail of a bomber forming a peace sign with the slogan, 'Peace the old fashioned way.' Also posted was a cartoon from a Web site showing a Red Crescent ambulance stuffed with weapons and a caricature that looks like the late-Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat unloading the weapons. Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Doug Hart at first defended the postings to the San Jose Mercury News, which reported the posters Tuesday but later said they had been removed."