Will the “Establishment Media” Report the Truth?
The massacre at Ft. Hood yesterday has stunned and grieved America. Everywhere people are asking questions. How could this happen on a secure military installation? What drove him to do it?
Our heavy hearts go out to the families who have suffered this shocking loss.
What is not shocking is the spin the “establishment media” is trying to put on this horrific massacre. For instance, Fox News this morning interviewed a “criminal profiler” who asserted definitively that this attack had nothing to do with religion, that the man was “troubled.” (In fairness to Fox News, they are at least raising the questions about jihadism as a motive.)
Others are suggesting he had some kind of post-traumatic stress syndrome — an insult to all our brave soldiers who have actually served in combat (Hasan hasn’t).
CAIR (the Council on American-Islamic Relations) immediately jumped into the fray last night, arguing that no religion or ideology could justify this, in spite of the hundreds of passages in Islam’s holy books calling for jihad against non-Muslims. (As our readers know, ACT! for America recently launched a petition calling for a government investigation of CAIR.)
What is largely being ignored is that Hasan was a devout Muslim. An internet post in his name earlier this year compared suicide bombers to soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save their comrades. A former colleague, Col. Terry Lee, recalls Hasan arguing “Muslims have the right to rise up against the U.S. military.”
Hasan passed out Korans the morning of the attack and “donated his furniture to anyone who would take it” (see story below). This certainly appears to be the actions of someone preparing for martyrdom.
The story below also notes that he once listed his nationality as “Palestinian” rather than America.
Perhaps Hasan had emotional problems. But there appears to be an abundance of evidence that he was ideologically predisposed to do what he did yesterday. Survivors of the attack said Hasan shouted “Allahu Akbar” before opening fire.
The tragedy at Ft. Hood yesterday deeply grieves us and we mourn with those who are mourning. But the tragedy will only be deepened if a politically correct narrative is once again foisted on the American people.
After the succession of Islamist terror plots were recently foiled, many in the media and law enforcement said they could not find any “connection” between the plots — overlooking the obvious jihadist connection. When a Detroit imam was shot to death last week, law enforcement and many in the media went to great lengths to downplay any connection to militant Islam.
And now we see the same pattern taking shape today, in the aftermath of this terrible tragedy.
Fort Hood jihad shooter handed out Korans the morning of his attack
He handed out Korans? But didn’t what he read in the Book of Peace make him think that he shouldn’t go through with the massacre?
Or maybe he read that Paradise was guaranteed to those who “kill and are killed” for Allah (9:111), and took that seriously.
Note also that he affected Islamic clothing — as did another “moderate,” Maher Hawash, before the latter embarked upon his jihad.
“Police raid shooting suspect’s Killeen apartment,” by Victor O’Brien for the Killeen Daily Herald, November 6 (thanks to Ernest):
Bell County SWAT teams barricaded and evacuated a downtown Killeen apartment complex where Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan lived before authorities say he killed 13 people and injured 30 more during a massacre at Fort Hood Thursday….
In the morning, neighbors said Hasan handed Qurans and donated his furniture to anyone who would take it.
Neighbors described Hasan as a quiet man who began wearing “Arabic clothing” in recent weeks. Edward Windsor, a neighbor, never suspected Hasan was in the Army. Hasan’s rank surprised Windsor who would never have imagined an officer with a rank of major would have lived in an apartment that rents for $350 and houses soldiers ranked as private first class….
Posted by Robert on November 6, 2009 4:56 AM | 8 Comments
In FrontPage this morning, I summarize what we know so far:
Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army psychiatrist, murdered twelve people and wounded twenty-one inside Fort Hood in Texas yesterday, while, according to eyewitnesses, “shouting something in Arabic while he was shooting.” Investigators are scratching their heads and expressing puzzlement about why he did it. According to NPR , “the motive behind the shootings was not immediately clear, officials said.” The Washington Post  agreed: “The motive remains unclear, although some sources reported the suspect is opposed to U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq and upset about an imminent deployment.” The Huffington Post spun faster, asserting that “there is no concrete reporting as to whether Nidal Malik Hasan was in fact a Muslim or an Arab.”
Yet there was, and what’s more, Major Hasan’s motive was perfectly clear — but it was one that the forces of political correctness and the Islamic advocacy groups in the United States have been working for years to obscure. So it is that now that another major jihad terror attack has taken place on American soil, authorities and the mainstream media are at a loss to explain why it happened – and the abundant evidence that it was a jihad attack is ignored.
Nidal Malik Hasan was born in Virginia but didn’t think of himself as an American: on a form he filled out at the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, he gave his nationality not as “American” but as “Palestinian.” A mosque official found that curious, saying: “I don’t know why he listed Palestinian. He was not born in Palestine.”
He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and has a doctorate in psychiatry from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. While there, NPR reports, Hasan was “put on probation early in his postgraduate work” and was “disciplined for proselytizing about his Muslim faith with patients and colleagues.”
He was a staff psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for six years before transferring to Fort Hood earlier this year. While at Walter Reed, he was a “very devout” member of and daily visitor to the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring. Faizul Khan, a former imam at the Center, expressed puzzlement over Hasan’s murders: “To know something like this happened, I don’t know what got into his mind. There was nothing extremist in his questions. He never showed any frustration….He never showed any remorse or wish for vengeance on anybody.”
So he identified himself as Palestinian and was a devout Muslim – so what? These things, of course, have no significance if one assumes that Islam is a Religion of Peace and that when a devout Muslim reads the Koran’s many injunctions to wage war against unbelievers, he knows that they have no force or applicability for today’s world. Unfortunately, all too many Muslims around the world demonstrate in both their words and their deeds that they take such injunctions quite seriously. And Nidal Hasan gave some indications that he may have been among them.