November 06, 2009

Fort Hood: Muslim extremism just can't be considered

... especially if you're part of the MSM. Take Newsweek, for example. Not a single mention of how Islamic extremism just might have played a role in the shootings perpetrated by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. However, there's certainly plenty speculation on how the stress of military life during this time of dual wars might have played a part.

This, despite the fact that Hasan had communicated the comparison between "suicide bombers ... with soldiers who threw themselves on a grenade to save their comrades." Or that witnesses heard him shout "Allahu Akbar!" Also,

Retired Col. Terry Lee, who worked with Maj Hasan at Fort Hood, said he was angry the US still had troops in the Middle East.

"He's made several comments about how we shouldn't be there," Col. Lee said.

He had heard Maj Hasan say: "Maybe the Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressors."

Yet, that somehow has no bearing on what Hasan did at Hood. None. To Newsweek. Or MSNBC. One ABC reporter even brought up how "one officer's wife told me, 'I wish his name was Smith,'" and this was noted again this morning by the network's Diane Sawyer.

Much more here.

Meanwhile, Obama's hometown affiliate gets on him for being a total shlub in addressing the tragedy. Oh, and too bad the guy wasn't really a Medal of Honor winner! I thought Obama was supposed to be keenly cerebral!

UPDATE: Glenn Reynolds has a whole bevy of updates on Hasan -- what he believed, what he did in the past, and testimony of some who know him.

Posted by Hube at November 6, 2009 01:24 PM | TrackBack

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Back in WWII, we had a large number of Japanese-Americans (Nisei) enlist to show their loyalty, even as their family members were being put in internment camps like Manzanar. The powers that be realized that sending them to the Pacific to fight other Japanese could be too much for them to bear. Instead, we sent them to Europe to fight the Germans, and they did so with great distinction, most notably at Monte Cassino. We had no such problems with sending Italian-Americans or German-Americans to Europe, for the simple fact that they were fighting to free their homelands from Fascism. Japanese, on the other hand, had been taught that the Emperor was a divine and infallible personage, so much so that fighting against him would be unthinkable. Why then would we assume there would be no psychic strain for a devout Muslim to fight what he would call a Crusade?

Posted by: G Rex at November 6, 2009 04:57 PM

Enough so that guy wipes out 13 people?

The dude was prostheletyzing about fundie Islam for months, even years, it seems, in his position as army psych. And outside that, too. I think he was just a nut, liek way too many Islamic fundies are.

Posted by: Hube at November 7, 2009 10:54 AM

Hube, I wasn't absolving the man for his crimes, just pointing out that there is precedent for military authorities' questioning the ability of certain individuals to faithfully execute their assigned duties in certain situations.

Posted by: G Rex at November 9, 2009 11:59 AM