Snopes contacted the soldier in question and he confirms this account.
On Tue Jan 16 3:25, firstname.lastname@example.org sent:
To Whom it may concern:
Do you ship to APO addresses? I'm in the 1st Cavalry Division stationed in Iraq and we are trying to order some mats but we are looking for who ships to APO first.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] Sent: Tuesday,
January 16, 2007 9:44 PM
Subject: Re: Feedback: from discount-mats.com
We do not ship to APO addresses, and even if we did, we would NEVER ship to Iraq. If you were sensible, you and your troops would pull out of Iraq.
Bargain Suppliers Discount-Mats.com
Lets all let DM know how we feel about their mindless, condescending, self righteous, chicken sh!t attitude.
Do it here.
Update: Thanks to some slick detective work by Chandan and confirmed by Apollo, we find that Discount-Mats.com is owned by a Faisal Khetani. Faisal Khetani it turns out is a health and fitness consultant, & editor of the Dream Body newsletter.
Still have not determined if he is indeed Muslim or not. An anonymous E-mail informed me that he could possibly be Sikh.
Update II: Euphoric Reality has this......
Now there are some interesting coincidences about all these websites owned by Muslims who happen to all live in the Milwaukee area. The sports sites, one owned by Faisal and the other owned by Sajid are the exact same format and established the same month. They are nothing more than low-grade generic copy-and-paste sports information. The blogs were set up with a few token blog entries, with generic links (one even uses the sample Wordpress links that come with the blog), and then abandoned. Likewise, the Discount Mats and Discount Scooters sites share similar formatting and generic links.
Read more here.