Last Thursday, Nov. 5, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist and devout Muslim, fatally shot 13 American citizens (12 service members) and wounded an additional 29 people at the largest US military base, Fort Hood, Texas.
For six months, authorities had been tracking the extremist thinking of Hasan. Internet postings like this one go back to May 20, 2009: “Scholars have paralleled [a US soldier’s falling on a grenade] to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers.”
Hasan vehemently opposed the US missions in the Middle East, arguing with co-workers, senior officers and even patients. He quarreled with Col. Terry Lee, who testified that Hasan said, “Maybe the Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressor.” Dr. Val Finnell, a former classmate of Hasan’s, said that Hasan was “very vocal” about equating the war on terror with a war on Islam. He said Hasan even gave a PowerPoint presentation once justifying Islamic suicide bombing.
A few days before the killing spree at Fort Hood, Hasan proved his premeditated intentions by giving away all his belongings (including his qurans) to his neighbors, saying he no longer would need them, adding, “I’m ready.”
Just hours before the shooting spree, he attended prayer services at a local mosque, where he normally wore street clothes but that morning wore white Muslim attire.
Firsthand witnesses at the Fort Hood murder scene say they heard Hasan yelling “Allahu akbar” (meaning “God is great”) before he opened fire.
And authorities just revealed that Hasan has made contact with other al- Qaida operatives. In 2001, authorities say, Hasan attended a mosque whose leadership was associated with two of the 9-11 hijackers. He even apparently stirred up anti-American sentiment within other Muslim soldiers at Fort Hood.
Yet despite all of this US adversity in his background, Hasan was promoted this past May to the rank of major.
Andthe questions that keep coming to my mind are: Have we become sotolerant and politically correct that we can’t see or confront a rottenapple when it’s right in front of our eyes? When our fear ofdiscrimination enables our enemies, can’t we see something is grimlyamiss?
To thoseroughly 3,500 Muslims who faithfully serve in the US military, Godbless you. We appreciate what you do and pray for you along with all ofour dedicated service members. I fully realize Muslim extremists don’trepresent mainstream Islam. We must not quarantine all Islamic theologyand practice as un-American.
At the same time, we must not stick our heads in the religious sands and call all these fatal acts “isolated incidents.”
Weshould not ignore the systemic nature and embryonic potential offanaticism inherent within many. And we must not allow our culturalinfatuation with passivity and tolerance to restrain us from searchingfor and stopping such militant rudimentary resistance, especially onour military posts.
Evenour president warned Americans not to “jump to conclusions” about themotives of Maj. Hasan. But to what “conclusions” is he referring? Itfascinates me that our president travels the world blaming America foreverything under the sun but cautions Americans not to “jump toconclusions” about a fanatical Muslim military officer who just tookthe lives of 13 patriots and wounded many others who have honored theiroath to defend this country. Why would the commander in chief even takeup his precious media time immediately after this brutal rampage toencourage tolerance and political correctness concerning this psychotickiller? As a veteran of the Air Force and honorary Marine, I amappalled.
It’stime our federal government woke up and realized that jihadists are notdone planning and plotting against the US and that a terrorist is notonly defined by being a card-carrying member of al-Qaida. It’s time ourfederal government better assured the protection of our valiant servicemembers, not only in the Middle East but also right here on Americansoil.
Extremistsstill are infiltrating our military ranks, and we must be more diligentabout exposing and stopping them. If Washington worked with justone-tenth the passion in corralling the enemies of the US as it has inramrodding the Obama-Pelosi health care system down our throats andpocketbooks, we’d reduce military acts of terrorism down to zero,inside and outside our borders.
Asanother Veterans Day passes, we owe our renewed allegiance and supportto our service members. And we owe, in particular, the families ofthose who fell at the Fort Hood massacre our continued reassurance thattheir loved ones did not die in vain. They were real people, mothers,fathers, sisters, brothers — American patriots who each sacrificedeverything in a war we wage even domestically to save our sacred land.
Letus pause again and salute all the victims and valiant soldiers at FortHood, including the heroes who kept the death toll from escalating. Letus honor the wounded and, in particular, the fallen, who (like thosewho fell on 9-11) serve as catalysts for our patriotism and vividreminders that there are still enemies within.
Copyright 2009 Chuck Norris.
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