FACT: A lifelong, devout Muslim man murdered over a dozen people last week in cold blood at Fort Hood in Texas, shouting “Allahu akbar!” as he opened fire.
FACT: He had declared his allegiance to Islam on a number of occasions and given many signs of being a stealth jihadi, including links to the 9/11 terrorists and attempts to contact al Qaeda.
FACT: “Post-traumatic stress disorder” is not an excuse for mass murder.
This guy’s “stress” was second-hand at most, as he had never served in war. I resent having this very real condition of PTSD giving him any “out” at all. I myself have suffered from PTSD, after a couple of horrendous years that included my mother’s death and my son’s abduction. Never did I have a single thought of committing mass murder.
The bottom line is that one of Islam’s principal tenets is fidelity to other Muslims, regardless of where they live, what they do and how they conduct themselves. Even a Muslim mass murderer is to be supported against any non-Muslim – that is “Islamic extremism,” or, rather, just plain old Islam as outlined in the war manual, the Koran, and its various commentaries, and as has been exemplified over the past 1,400 years of Islamist aggression in vast parts of the world.
In other words, “It’s the Islam, stupid.”
U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News.
It is not known whether the intelligence agencies informed the Army that one of its officers was seeking to connect with suspected al Qaeda figures, the officials said….
A consensus seems to have formed here at The Atlantic that the Ft. Hood massacre means not very much at all. Megan McArdle writes that “there is absolutely no political lesson to be learned from this.” James Fallows says: “The shootings never mean anything. Forty years later, what did the Charles Whitman massacre ‘mean’? A decade later, do we ‘know’ anything about Columbine?” And the Atlantic Wire has already investigated the motivation for the shooting, and released its preliminary findings. Of Nidal Malik Hasan, the Wire states: “A 39-year-old Army psychiatrist, he appears to have not been motivated by his Muslim religion, his Palestinian heritage (he is American by nationality), or any related political causes.”
It seems, though, that when an American military officer who is a practicing Muslim allegedly shoots forty of his fellow soldiers who are about to deploy to the two wars the United States is currently fighting in Muslim countries, some broader meaning might, over time, be discerned, especially if the officer did, in fact, yell “Allahu Akbar” while murdering his fellow soldiers, as some soldiers say he did….
Sources & Further Reading
FBI set to probe Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan’s 9/11 links
Fort Hood Massacre: A Day of Courage and Cowardice
The Fort Hood Killings: Murder in the Name of Islam
It is Islam, dummy
It’s the Ideology, Stupid!
(Hat tip to Debbie Schlussel for inspiring the title.)