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Let’s Talk About Fort Hood

On November 5, 2009, Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed thirteen people and wounded 30 in Fort Hood.

He was stopped by police officer Kimberly Munley, who shot him four times.  She was herself wounded in the process.

Nidal Malik Hasan is still alive, and will be tried in military court.

President Obama told everyone not to jump to conclusions as to motive here. This is coming from a man who, by his own admission, didn’t know the facts before declaring that Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting Henry Louis Gates, Jr.  So it’s okay for the Obamessiah to jump to conclusions, but the rest of us in flyover country should just watch it.  What’s more disquieting is that Obama’s first public remarks on this horrific crime started out with him addressing conference attendees, then giving a “shout out” to Dr Joe Medicine Crow before actually talking about the shooting.  It’s a disturbing disconnect, and gives us further insight into the nature of Obama’s character.

Former colleagues of Hasan say that he was given to making “outlandish” comments regarding the War on Terror.  Remember: Hasan was an army officer who claimed that “Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressor,” meaning the U.S.  He also felt that he was a Muslim first and an American second. Despite this and similar warning signs, he kept his job in the military, likely because his colleagues feared punishment for complaining that Hasan was engaged in dangerous and possibly seditious talk.  The culture of political correctness still exists in the military, and a lot of people died because the people Hasan worked with didn’t want to be called racists for expressing concerns about a Muslim.

Hasan had been investigated for his correspondence with a radical Muslim cleric, but it never went anywhere.  The cleric later said that for the murder of ten people, Hasan was a “hero.”  Hasan had also attended the same mosque as two of the 9/11 terrorists.

On the day of the shooting, Hasan dressed in traditional Arab clothing and went to the convenience store he usually frequented. One of Hasan’s other favorite places to go was a local strip club called Starz. Interestingly, at least a few of the 9/11 terrorists visited strip clubs before embarking on murder.  Witnesses during the shooting claim that Hasan shouted, “Allahu Akbar,” the Islamic terrorists’ battle cry, as he was gunning people down.

Muslim groups in the U.S. wasted no time in warning the rest of us about a possible anti-Muslim backlash. There is also concern of backlash against Muslim soldiers, mostly initiated by the right-wing media. Geraldo Rivera said on Fox News:

And the people I feel the most sorry for tonight are the 12 to 15,000 Muslim GI’s who serve honorably and the four million Muslims in this country the citizens who are patriots and believe that believe in our country and now will be because of this, the way this story is being played will be subjected to more of this kind of undertone, widespread, resentment and prejudice and discrimination that’s happened really since 9-11.

Unfortunately, the facts don’t quite bear that out.

The Mayor of Chicago blamed the murders on America’s love for guns, not on a disaffected radical Islamist.

In more recent comments, Obama ignored all of the information that would lead a reasonable person to believe that the murders were ideologically/religiously motivated, and stated that wearing the uniform is stressful, and may cause someone to crack.  If he’s not going to comment until he has enough information, he shouldn’t comment.  But he is commenting, and he’s obviously pushing a narrative that he wants people to believe.

Your personal safety shouldn’t be compromised by the pressure of political correctness.  It’s unbelievable that America’s army is so hampered.

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