Fort Hood's 9/11
By RALPH PETERS , November 6, 2009
On Thursday afternoon, a radicalized Muslim US Army officer shouting "Allahu Akbar!" committed the worst act of terror on American soil since 9/11. And no one wants to call it an act of terror or associate it with Islam.
What cowards we are. Political correctness killed those patriotic Americans at Ft. Hood as surely as the Islamist gunman did. And the media treat it like a case of non-denominational shoplifting.
This was a terrorist act. When an extremist plans and executes a murderous plot against our unarmed soldiers to protest our efforts to counter Islamist fanatics, it’s an act of terror. Period.
When the terrorist posts anti-American hate-speech on the Web; apparently praises suicide bombers and uses his own name; loudly criticizes US policies; argues (as a psychiatrist, no less) with his military patients over the worth of their sacrifices; refuses, in the name of Islam, to be photographed with female colleagues; lists his nationality as "Palestinian" in a Muslim spouse-matching program, and parades around central Texas in a fundamentalist playsuit — well, it only seems fair to call this terrorist an "Islamist terrorist."
But the president won’t. Despite his promise to get to all the facts. Because there’s no such thing as "Islamist terrorism" in ObamaWorld.
And the Army won’t. Because its senior leaders are so sick with political correctness that pandering to America-haters is safer than calling terrorism "terrorism."
And the media won’t. Because they have more interest in the shooter than in our troops — despite their crocodile tears.
Maj. Nadal Malik Hasan planned this terrorist attack and executed it in cold blood. The resulting massacre was the first tragedy. The second was that he wasn’t killed on the spot.
Hasan survived. Now the rest of us will have to foot his massive medical bills. Activist lawyers will get involved, claiming "harassment" drove him temporarily insane. There’ll be no end of trial delays. At best, taxpayer dollars will fund his prison lifestyle for decades to come, since our politically correct Army leadership wouldn’t dare pursue or carry out the death penalty.
Maj. Hasan will be a hero to Islamist terrorists abroad and their sympathizers here. While US Muslim organizations decry his acts publicly, Hasan will be praised privately. And he’ll have the last laugh.
But Hasan isn’t the sole guilty party. The US Army’s unforgivable political correctness is also to blame for the casualties at Ft. Hood.
You forgot he was born in America. What is the difference between him and white christian timothy mc veigh. Should the politically correct army also profile white males in the military
"Christian" dispensationalists pushing for Armeggeddon have encouraged a reign of terror and death upon the Palestinians, lebonese, Afghanis and Iraquis. Our war on terror has been an abject failure and has grievously hurt this country and our long and short term national interests. The Cold War is over. We won. Unfortunately,we are losing the peace and we have not only destroyed any good will we had in the world, we are now destroying our economy and our childrens' future. Who are the architects of this failed foreign policy? The anti-American Oligarch banksters who control Wall Street, the mainstream media and our crooked politicians who are in their back pocket. You apologists for the banksters are the ones who are hurting America.
We should have listened to Ron paul. It's not too late.
To add a different viewpoint...
There are two things over here
a. He was harassed for being a muslim
b. He used to should allahu akabar and post messages supporting suicide bombing.
We need to understand which comes first, that is the key.
Irrespective of what comes first or last, killing another person is a murder and should be treated just as such. It can never ever be justified. No reason is big for that.
The positive aspect that can come out of this event is, there should be new regulation to ensure, muslims are not harassed in the army. If they can not harass being a homosexual or are prohibited from saying n word, then should also be prevented from harassing muslims.
Welcome to new accomodation for muslims.
There is a lot of truth in these two messages. Medical and support units are different than most people's concept of more homogeneous line units of all types (infantry, armor, engineer, etc). There is a lot of room for things to slip through the cracks meaning leaders have to be more vigilant in stopping these things. I had a commander (captain) take action against a minority (LT) years ago. It had nothing to do with being a minority. It had everything to do with an individual that was incompetent to the point of putting his helmet on backwards and not realizing it. That captain took so much pain for a recommendation for non promotion - but that is another story.
Good will come out of this for the armed forced. A pendulum that has swung to far to the left in terms of standards (of all types) will begin to correct. This is another consequence of Rumsfeld cutting forces, reorganizing structure coupled with Bush/Cheney committing a reduced force to prolonged multiple conflicts.
It is a wonder the armed services are still as strong as they are. They have a lot of internal pain/wounds/issues, but they will always pull through. This event will strengthen the force in the end.
How many people have to die in order for the US gov't and the media to call it terrorism? 100, 1000, or will we have to see tens of thousands of Americans dead to call it terrorism. That is where we are headed. Does the terrorist have to blow himself up in order for the media to have it be an act of terrorism? If this Hasan coward would have blown himself up would they call it terrorism or just a rash decision to use explosives rather than guns? People are dead and injured so what is the difference in the method. There is insurmountable evidence that this pig is a terrorist and committed a terrorist act. The utter shame is that the families of these innocent dead know it was a terrorist act, the vast majority of the American public will call it a terrorist act, and yet the Army and the media will not honor the dead by calling it what it was. Is it not the explicit duty of the military to protect the US citizen, so what are they doing here. A little PR? The media used to be a protector and now they are just a PC propaganda arm for all that is vile and un-American.
This Lt. Col. knows it was terrorism, and knows the PC Army was derelict in its duty, why does no one else?
Fellow Americans, demand from everyone to call this what it is. How many more people need to die?
I do not believe Maj. Hasan would be a hero to other muslims. I know lots of muslims who live in fear from fanatics such as these. There are 100s of thousands of muslims who want to work hard and make a living against all odds, and they are always saddened and shocked to hear of exceptionally low percentage of fanatic murderers such as Maj. Hasan.
People like Maj. Hasan commit their acts of violence and please their own minds and go away dead, but those who are living are dreaded to face the wrath of society and everyday is a struggle and make it ever more harder to survive and preserve their identity of being a muslim.
It is really really sad, the majority living have a to pay a huge price for the misfortune actions of few criminals (who call themselves muslims and hurt them at the same time).
I wish the muslim clergy and their leaders could lead these criminals realize the consequence of their actions on those living to take the wrath. If nothing else this thought they are hurting the very muslims whose cause they want to further (not sure if they think this way or if they think securing a selfish achievement only).
It is hard enough being a muslim, people like Maj.Hasan make it harder. Just sad and disheartening. I am not sure how to pick out such individuals from the society. Perhaps Security needs to hire people like me to mingle with masses and through web to identify these criminals before they commit their heinous acts.
Can you imagine being a wife, husband or parent of a soldier about to be deployed praying he comes home alive and you get a call that he was murdered by another soldier in our own country. How do you handle that? Dying in battle is bad enough but somehow you can convince yourself he fought for our freedoms and our country. This is just a nightmare of epic proportions.
I agree, the politically correct Army is just as much to blame. Clearly Islamic officers and enlisted personel have conflicts of interest while we are at war in Islamic counties. And yet, the Army won't dismiss these people fully knowing the conflict of interest they have. And now people have been killed as a result.
"Given the myriad warning signs, it’s appalling that no action was taken against a man apparently known to praise suicide bombers and openly damn US policy. But no officer in his chain of command, either at Walter Reed Army Medical Center or at Ft. Hood, had the guts to take meaningful action against a dysfunctional soldier and an incompetent doctor.
Had Hasan been a Lutheran or a Methodist, he would’ve been gone with the simoon. But officers fear charges of discrimination when faced with misconduct among protected minorities.
Now 12 soldiers and a security guard lie dead. 31 soldiers were wounded, 28 of them seriously. If heads don’t roll in this maggot’s chain of command, the Army will have shamed itself beyond moral redemption.
There’s another important issue, too. How could the Army allow an obviously incompetent and dysfunctional psychiatrist to treat our troubled soldiers returning from war? An Islamist whacko is counseled for arguing with veterans who’ve been assigned to his care? And he’s not removed from duty? What planet does the Army live on?
For the first time since I joined the Army in 1976, I’m ashamed of its dereliction of duty. The chain of command protected a budding terrorist who was waving one red flag after another. Because it was safer for careers than doing something about him.
Get ready for the apologias. We’ve already heard from the terrorist’s family that "he’s a good American." In their world, maybe he is.
But when do we, the American public, knock off the PC nonsense?
A disgruntled Muslim soldier murdered his officers way back in 2003, in Kuwait, on the eve of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Recently? An American mullah shoots it out with the feds in Detroit. A Muslim fanatic attacks an Arkansas recruiting station. A Muslim media owner, after playing the peace card, beheads his wife. A Muslim father runs over his daughter because she’s becoming too Westernized.
Muslim terrorist wannabes are busted again and again. And we’re assured that "Islam’s a religion of peace."
I guarantee you that the Obama administration’s non-response to the Ft. Hood attack will mock the memory of our dead."