First and foremost, our prayers go out for the family, friends and fellow soldiers of those killed, as well as the wounded, in the attack at Fort Hood, Texas, last week. War is an ugly thing — particularly when it hits so close to home and violence and murder are perpetrated by a supposed comrade.
U.S. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan became an enemy combatant when he murdered 12 soldiers, one civilian and an unborn child and wounded 30 others last Thursday in what was both an act of jihad and treason. In a military court this Thursday, he was charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder, though that may change to 14 under the Unborn Victims of Violence Act. They should add treason to the charges. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, and rightly so.
Last week, we noted an initial indicator in the case: Hasan, a lifelong Muslim, shouted “Allahu Akbar” (“god is great”) before unloading more than 100 rounds on unarmed and unsuspecting soldiers. Hasan also spoke openly and frequently about his opposition to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, calling them unjust wars against Islam, while his business cards sported the abbreviation “SoA(SWT)” — Soldier of Allah (glory to god). He had tried to contact al-Qa’ida, and in 2001, attended the same Great Falls, Virginia, mosque as did two 9/11 hijackers. The cleric at the time, Anwar al-Awlaki, called Hasan a “hero” and said all Muslims serving in the U.S. military should “follow the footsteps of men like Nidal.” Awlaki, who fled to Yemen in 2002, now runs a Web site promoting jihad against the U.S.
The Army was aware of many of these red flags, but rather than a discharge, Hasan received a promotion last year and continued to counsel American soldiers as a psychiatrist.
As details continue to emerge, it becomes increasingly evident that the dead and wounded were casualties not only of militant Islam but also of rampant political correctness all the way up the chain of command. Gen. George Casey, Army Chief of Staff, said that the murders were a tragedy, but worried that it “could potentially heighten backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers.” He then warned, “As horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.” Losing “diversity” would be more tragic than this needless loss of life? [General (and I cringe at saying that) Casey, you are a disgrace to your uniform and our country]