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November 6, 2009

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A Muslim fanatic with an Internet site praising Islamic suicide bombers as defenders of their comrades is a Major in the U.S. Army with access to military intelligence and lethal weaponry. And it’s not as though the army didn’t know that he was a Muslim fanatic and supporter of the Islamic jihad against the West. He was under investigation for six months because of his anti-American, jihadist rantings. He did not want to be deployed. He wanted to be discharged.

But despite his identification with America’s enemies, the army kept him in its officer corps. How in God’s name was this possible? But it was. And so, after calling America the “aggressor” in Afghanistan and Iraq this Muslim jihadist traitor army officer picks up his semi-automatic weapons and heads for the center at Ft. Hood where soldiers are being deployed to fight the jihadists in Afghanistan to conduct his massacre. Yet this morning the Fox News Channel chiron says “Investigators search for a motive in the Ft. Hood killings.” Is everybody out of their mind?

The Ft. Hood killings are the chickens of the left coming home to roost. Already the chief political correspondent of The Nation has decried even mention of the fact that the jihadist killer Hasan is a Palestinian Muslim. According to The Nation this  is “Islamophobia.” This fatuous attempt to protect America’s enemies carries on The Nation’s 60-year tradition as the leading fifth column collaborator with America’s enemies — defender of the Rosenbergs, defender of Hiss, defender of their boss Stalin, defender of Mao, defender of Castro and now defender of Islamic terrorists. But The Nation is only the tip of an iceberg. The fifth column formed out of the unholy alliance between radical Islam and the American left is now entrenched in the White House and throughout our government. And in matters like the Muslim jihadist Major Hasan our military is its captive.

The Fort Hood massacre is the first of the preventable atrocities we have been warning about on our websites since 9/11 — the atrocities which are apparently necessary for Americans to wake up to the threat that confronts us. We have a vast internal threat in this country in the form of this unholy alliance between the anti-American Left and radical Islam — whose Muslim Brotherhood network extends through our universities, our government and our military. It is “politically incorrect” to recognize this fact. You can be barred — as I have been — from speaking at universities for even talking about it. The embargo of discussion of the Islamo-fascist threat puts every American (including the infidel collaborators) at risk. Hasan had semi-automatic weapons. But they weren’t nuclear. That possibility is just around the corner unless we undergo a sea change in our attitudes and marshal the intelligence and the courage to recognize the threat.

Editor’s Note: See NewsReal’s additional commentaries on the Fort Hood Massacre:

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116 Comments
  1. David Thomson permalink
    November 6, 2009 7:28 am

    Fox News disgraced itself with its earlier reports on the murders. Shep Smith was even reluctant to reveal the name of the probable killer. I literally had to turn on CNN to get the up to the moment news. It was only a bit later when Fox started to get its act together. Whomever is responsible for that TV network’s reporting on this awful event has to be fired. It might have been Smith’s call—but I suspect he was only following orders. Fox too often goes to ridiculous extremes to prove that it is fair and balanced. Yesterday was a quintessential example of this pathetic mindset.

    • Nick Mauro permalink
      November 6, 2009 12:01 pm

      Fox acted properly in not REPORTING the shooter’s identity until it had been VERIFIED. This conduct is professional and, since it so rarely occurs in today’s media, refreshing.

    • peoriaindian permalink
      November 6, 2009 6:43 pm

      Thank You , I could’nt of said it better. Shepard Smith is at times a contrast of his own self. he goes beyond the obvious and to me he is very irratating and I don’t watch anymore for about a year now! He is HOT AIR!

  2. Michael van der Galien permalink
    November 6, 2009 7:35 am

    Fox too often goes to ridiculous extremes to prove that it is fair and balanced.

    There could be something to that, which would mean that the pressure the left tries on insert on Fox works – at least to a degree. That’s troubling. On the other hand, there wasn’t that much known at first either. So good news organizations should be careful what they report in the early stages of such a terrorist attack. How long did it take Fox News to give the relevant info? Are we talking about hours or one hour max? If the latter, it could be that they were simply fact checking.

  3. David Forsmark permalink
    November 6, 2009 7:46 am

    Like Schelp Smith’s “reporting’ on the sniper fire in New Orleans that contributed to the delay of rescue workers and made some reluctant to go? There may have been a shooting or two, but Schlep made it sound like Baghdad. I can’t watch him for 5 minutes.

    • Swemson permalink
      November 6, 2009 11:04 am

      David asks the question:

      Is everybody out of their mind?

      As incredible as it seems……..YES !

  4. John Redman permalink
    November 6, 2009 7:55 am

    Thank you clearly and forcefully stating the truth.

    The time is now to begin relentlessly wiping the insects of political correctness from the field of social discourse. They inject only poison into the minds of reasonable people.

  5. John Davidson permalink
    November 6, 2009 8:03 am

    Our legal system has made it virtually impossible to make a valid statement unless your a politician, then you can lie all you want because you’re exempt.

    Schlep tiptoed rather obviously, didn’t he?

    I notice a swing in the reporting at Fox and am sure it has something to do with the problems with the WH. O’Reilly has been grandstanding a lot, lately, too.

  6. David Thomson permalink
    November 6, 2009 8:10 am

    Americans must also engage in a serious discussion regarding our military’s peculiar commitment to the doctrines of multiculturalism. Some have argued that it is our most politically correct institution! Yesterday’s 13 murder victims were the inevitable result of the U.S. Army’s apparent hands off attitude towards Islamic radicals within its ranks. Try to imagine how it would have responded to a blue eyed, blond haired, white guy spouting hateful Ku Klux Klan rhetoric.

    • November 6, 2009 9:38 am

      Excellent point!

      Instead of helping people develop the ability to clearly think and rationally assess, we have brainwashed folks into just “accepting” any barbaric belief or horrific act under the guise of “multiculturalism.”

    • John Davidson permalink
      November 6, 2009 10:14 am

      You’ll have to take that up with the commander in chief. I believe he isn’t home at the moment, though.

    • peoriaindian permalink
      November 6, 2009 6:45 pm

      Your right and a few years ago there were discoveries of just that kind of mind-set in there ranks and they were dis-charged! HELLO!

  7. politicalmoxie permalink
    November 6, 2009 8:29 am

    Mr. H., I love it when you leave me in the position of “there’s nothing left to say”.

  8. John West permalink
    November 6, 2009 8:39 am

    The left has too much power and too many zombie-like followers. It will take violent revolution and a white house coup to straighten out the mess that America has become.

    Let me say it again … the right has to get together with the Pentagon and implement a white house coup and put all traitors on trial starting with Obama. Then shoot them as a warning to the rest the American Marxists and Muslims that Marxism in now forbidden and so is Islam.

    Is that suggestion clear enough? It is the ONLY way in the limited amount of time left, to save what is left of American values and a beacon of freedom for the rest of the world.

    • November 6, 2009 11:02 am

      Poor attempt at irony–something of a blindspot for the left. If you simply exchange the word “left” to “right” you’ve got a perfect encapsulation of the strategy and tactics of every communist tyrant that ever walked the earth. Now that’s irony.

      • Hebrew Prophet permalink
        November 11, 2009 4:42 am

        Left or right ,it,s the same thing ,but George Bush Snr. or Jnr. cannot be classed as right wing ,rather centrists who saw the dangers of Saddam Husein and other fascists around the globe and took the fght to their very own doorsteps,anyone who thinks otherwise is ill informed or just plain ignorant .

  9. David Thomson permalink
    November 6, 2009 9:01 am

    “It will take violent revolution and a white house coup to straighten out the mess that America has become.”

    Nothing that radical is required. We merely need to be well organized and relentless. The odds are actually on our side. Calm and thoughtfully deliberate actions will get the job done. One does not have to raise their voice or lose their temper.

  10. John West permalink
    November 6, 2009 9:16 am

    David T,

    If we had lots of time to do things your way, I would agree with what you say. The numbers are encouraging, but the clock is ticking and much damage has already been done with much more to come … we don’t have time to be polite. We need urgent action.

    Within months, Israel and the Iran will be exchanging big bright flashes … Obama is paralyzed over the Afghanistan … we cannot afford to have a Marxist puppy in the white house while the big dogs are scrapping. We have a dog in every major fight on this planet … And it’s starting to lose big.

    • jsburke permalink
      November 6, 2009 10:14 am

      I don’t agree with all that David says; however, he has a very good point about the potential for nuclear war in the Middle East. At the best there is going to be a major war between Israel and Iran and its proxies that has all the possibilities of going nuclear if Israel’s existence is threatened. As long as our Boy Band in Chief continues to dither and imagine that he has the power to just raise his arms and bring peace to the world, then the world will continue to rush headlong towards another major conflict.

      • jsburke permalink
        November 6, 2009 10:16 am

        I actually was replying to Mr. West, sorry David.

    • November 7, 2009 12:28 pm

      John, I ask this in the most intellectual context I can muster:

      Whaaa???

  11. semus permalink
    November 6, 2009 9:23 am

    How awkward it must have been for Malik Hasan. Still I think it’s too soon for Obama to apologize to him, we don’t want to give the wrong impression.

    • Barmat permalink
      November 6, 2009 11:20 am

      And to think your sarcasm may actually be real. Uggh!

      • semus permalink
        November 6, 2009 11:57 am

        Scary thought

  12. November 6, 2009 9:30 am

    The day after the 9/11 attacks someone very close to me said, “I hope people won’t start attacking the poor innocent Muslims here in the U.S. and desecrating their mosques. Not ONE WORD about the victims of the terrorists who blew them all to kingdom come. It’s the mindset of a population gone to the dark side of the moon in an effort to be politically correct. God help us.

    Love

    Granny

    • youarecategoricallywrong permalink
      November 9, 2009 4:38 pm

      Your age does not excuse idiocy, granny. First, the aforementioned comment seems very prescient in hindsight as attacks on Muslim Americans, though limited, did occur. Secondly, the victims of the 9/11 attacks (which yes were abominations) had already died at that point, thus forward thinking would suggest prevention of FURTHER violence on innocent Americans – any Americans. This is not being PC, it is being intelligent and thoughtful and not being blinded by reactionary rage.

      Further and more broadly, I have never read such unmitigated hate and borderline retardation as I have on right wing blogs. But I must say Mr. West your picture brought light to my day because I can sleep easy knowing no one would ever take your meth-addict mug seriously as you spew vitriol. Your conspiracy theories are not based in any substantiated evidence, and your solutions are more reminiscent of McVeigh (and Bin Laden…yep I said it) than anything. Luckily tar and feathers has a brain.

      Oh, and to the author of the piece: lets read this one again, “The Fort Hood massacre is the first of the preventable atrocities we have been warning about on our websites since 9/11.” Gosh lets see, if we carry the two and do some difficult subtraction I think that would be over 8 years with no attacks until a lone gunman opens fire on unarmed soldiers and is taken down in 7 minutes. Sounds like the right’s hysteria (which you have been fomenting since 9/11…again with the math that would be 8 years) is a bit unwarranted. Unless of course you think your hysteria has singlehandedly prevented attacks, leading me back to the lack of substantiated evidence issue you all seem to have.

      Lets move on to some other difficult questions. Why wasn’t this clearly unstable man removed from ranks? Was it the PC boogey-man or the actuality that we as a nation have dramatic shortfalls in military enrollment, and are especially in need of educated officers as the majority of those enlisting are from low socio-economic stations and are less likely to be well educated? Your decisions are already made, but sober analysis suggests a deeper look than “pinko commies ooops I mean islam lovers are trying to destroy America and not letting us discriminate freely.”

      It seems more likely to me that this attack was the culmination of a complex web of factors. The man was clearly emotionally unstable (burying his bird and mourning for months? weird), was subject to hate frequently (keyed car, diaper, called a camel jockey), and isolated, so he took solace in religion. Some choose right-wing conspiracy theories and fiery televangelist sermons, some choose anti-Americanism, etc. etc (thank you “tom in the swamp”). His outlet was clearly the latter and probably fomented by the radical cleric, but to say this man is symptomatic of some sort of jihadist-Manchurian threat is ridiculous. Did you think that the Columbine shooting was symptomatic of some grand conspiracy too?

      Also, some random points for my fellow commentators:

      Fox news is TOO FAIR AND BALANCED? I can’t even begin to fathom how twisted your mind is, nor do I have space to cite the strong right wing slant presented daily on this station. Glenn Beck allowed a video from a McVeigh conspirator about the government’s “concentration camps” (read storage depot if you aren’t insane) on the air for serious national conversation. While he later detailed how it was incorrect, the facts that 1) his audience was interested enough to warrant attention and 2) his audience was stupid enough to need to be straightened out by Beck are absolutely astonishing.

      Also, Hassan is not a Palestinian Muslim, he is an American Muslim. His parents emigrated from Palestine. Let me break that down for you so as to not make your head explode. In this country, when you are born here, you are referred to as an American. And just to make sure you all get this: the power of suggestion that his heritage played a role in this IS NOT LOST WHEN YOU CORRECTLY STATE THAT HIS PARENTS HAD EMIGRATED. What does happen though is you do not sound like an ignorant backwoods bigot, whilst maintaining your point and suggestion that Palestinian heritage may have caused a predisposition for different views about the U.S.

      The United States WAS THE AGGRESSOR IN THE WAR AGAINST IRAQ. They did not attack us. The government had nothing to do with the attacks. In fact, no organized group in the country had anything to do with the attacks. We invaded the country to depose their leader, that is an aggressive action, period.

      Finally, to respond to the problem with “search for motive,” it would seem the author believes that all we need to know is that Hassan was a Muslim who did not support our military ventures in Iraq and Afghanistan. Let me tell you, because I know people falling in this category, that does not paint a conclusive picture of someone who walks into a building and shoots dozens of people. Thus, a search for a motive would seem to be pertinent, unless of course you care to accept that all Muslims who criticize the war on terror are terrorists, but that would just be insane…right? RIGHT?

      It’s been fun visiting your neck of the woods. Keep up your ignorance because I’ll need some diversion for the next couple of years, and remember if you want to be really entertaining just turn off your brain and regurgitate everything you compile from FOX and the douchebag who wrote this column. Don’t forget to toss in some good old fashioned anti-government conspiracy theory hysteria of course.

      Oh and yes Eric Roth, Obama’s middle name is Hussein. OH MY GOD, thats the last name of SADDAM HUSSEIN! Keep pulling this thread and you may uncover a conspiracy of historical proportions. With your clear, rational, honest analysis at your side I’m sure you’ll do great things.

      Disclaimer: I know there are intelligent Republicans and Libertarians in the world, its just that the majority of you are….not them. And, this is so long none of you probably will read it.

      • F. Swemson permalink
        November 9, 2009 4:51 pm

        I already wish I hadn’t…

        TROLL ALERT!, TROLL ALERT!, TROLL ALERT!, TROLL ALERT!

        • youarecategoricallywrong permalink
          November 9, 2009 6:12 pm

          Oh come on now. As wikipedia has given me a hand-wavy idea of what “trolls” are, I am under the impression that their sole purpose is to post off-topic comments. The simple fact that I disagree with you thus does not constitute trolling. Thank you however, for providing zero evidence of any appreciable cognition other than a knee-jerk dismissal without any substantive response. This might be the best way to procrastinate I have found yet. And I play bubleshield defense (those comments would be trolling).

          Seriously though, no takers? For ANY of the points I made? And please, “you’re mean and are insulting me” does not constitute a constructive response.

          Swemson, the depths of your anachronistic lunacy are some of the most enjoyable on this thread, I’m sure you can come up with more zany comments like claiming that nearly all terrorists are Muslim (news flash: I know which one of us has read more history books, and no not just the left wing kind…ever heard of ETA), and that the communists are – oh crap excuse me that keeps slipping out – the Islamists are infiltrating our government. In case you missed the sarcasm I’ll go ahead with another historical reference and ask if you have ever heard of my man, your favorite, the esteemed senator from Wisconsin, Mr Joseph McCarthy? Your paranoid delusions seem to have the same bent.

          Now, I will admit I am not writing staid responses and am mixing in some ad-hominem attacks, but the substance of what is said is my point.

          • November 9, 2009 6:59 pm

            I don’t think you’re a troll (at least not yet) and technically my opinion is the only one that matters since I’m the moderator.

            If it’s rational, friendly discussion you’re seeking, though, I’d be open to that.

            Which argument from the book that you wrote are you interested in discussing?

            • youarecategoricallywrong permalink
              November 10, 2009 10:57 am

              Anything. Discourse is the path to learning, and at college I rarely find neocons who can hold a decent debate.

              • November 10, 2009 11:32 am

                Well first of all, I don’t consider myself a “neocon.” I have some sympathy for many aspects of the neoconservative political tradition, but I prefer to work toward defining a new political outlook which I describe as “postmodern Generation Y Conservatism.”

                We’re discussing this approach at NewsReal here:
                http://newsrealblog.com/2009/10/30/generation-south-park-generation-y-conservatism/

                And I began the discussion with this post here:
                http://booksindepth.blogspot.com/2009/07/david-horowitzs-conservatism-postmodern.html

                To pick one point from your book to open up for discussion:

                Oh, and to the author of the piece: lets read this one again, “The Fort Hood massacre is the first of the preventable atrocities we have been warning about on our websites since 9/11.” Gosh lets see, if we carry the two and do some difficult subtraction I think that would be over 8 years with no attacks until a lone gunman opens fire on unarmed soldiers and is taken down in 7 minutes. Sounds like the right’s hysteria (which you have been fomenting since 9/11…again with the math that would be 8 years) is a bit unwarranted.

                I prefer to understand people’s positions before I try to agree or disagree with them.

                Rather than attack your point, I’d want to know specifically what your position is regarding the problem of Radical Islam. What is your understanding of the problem? What books and thinkers have informed your views on it? How should the West deal with Islamofascism?

                If you disagree with the editorial positions of the Freedom Center’s publications (FrontPage, NewsReal, DiscoverTheNetworks, and JihadWatch) then what do you disagree with and why?

                • youarecategoricallywrong permalink
                  November 10, 2009 12:52 pm

                  I apologize for using the neocon shorthand – after a little reading I have found that Horowitz does not like this label, and I did enjoy this new idea of gen Y conservatism. Does Rand come into play in this (your) worldview?

                  First on the subject of viewing a new path of conservatism (I would say more broadly libertarian social criticism mixed in with humorous irreverence with the purpose of inciting thought) through the lens of South Park/Family Guy is very fascinating and worthy of discussion, and honestly I would rather have a conversation about this. If you have a link to any debate about this, please direct me to it.

                  Moving on to the Horowitzian conservatism idea, I am also glad that it was expressed that Mr. Horowitz has beliefs which are difficult to hammer down in one particular ideology. However, I believe that any thoughtful person willing to engage their mind at the intersection of personal experience, analytically rigorous examination of current events, and existence in broader society would most certainly feel very uncomfortable with being pegged as one-dimensionally in support of a given ideology. That is to say, it is my hope that no one consider someone outstanding for not toeing the line of any over-simplified label/affiliation. Personal opinion should be that – personal, and thus it must by definition be unique (not to get too flowery on you).

                  And now to my procrastination inspired tome. First, I wish you had used the disclaimer of a desire for understanding in conjunction with an initial visceral (or otherwise) response to what I had said, because a response without asking for further qualification from me would serve both to provide a hint as to the starting point of your logic in arguing against what I had said, and to expose your own biases (as mine are probably evident). That being said, I appreciate the dialogue.

                  First, so this doesn’t become a citation race or a bibliographical dick measuring contest, I want to limit this discussion to the topic at hand – the shooter. I think that broadening the discussion to Radical Islam in general is both too expansive for a blog, and is a bit of a red-herring in the context of the Ft. Hood shooting. My point in what I said was this: for all the rabble-rousing hinted at in Mr. Horowitz’s article, and his reference to this website warning of preventable attacks, the response of our government to terrorism has been largely effective in keeping terror out of the U.S. (save the terror of Mexican drug cartels but this is a different topic). Further, if indeed Maj. Hassan is the tip of some “fifth-column” iceberg, do you, and are we truly supposed to believe that the best they could muster was this pathetic man who shot 42 people a-la a disgruntled postal worker? And if so are we then supposed to make the logical leap that despite being the tip of the spear of such a vast anti-American conspiracy, a relatively (and no I’m not saying that the deaths and woundings are not horrible) small attack using ONE PISTOL and not say a bomb, chemical etc. was the worst Hassan could do? It simply to me does not make any logical sense that this attack was conspiratorial based on the circumstances leading up to it, its execution, and outcome. Just because he is a Muslim and said Allahu Akbar does not mean that he was a one man terror cell directed by conspirators and bent on the destruction of America.
                  I am not denying that there was an infusion of Islam in his attack, but rather am saying that the more important determinants of his attack were his personal mental instability and that the nature of the attack would support this claim. If he were actually attuned to having this attack be a statement of the power of Islam or the destruction of America would it not stand to reason that his attack be more dramatic and less directly aimed at his personal environs? I’m not trying to get into any pop-psych babble B.S. here but I hope my point comes across. Needless to say, I am very interested in what he will have to say upon interrogation and at trial.

                  To bring this back to Horowitz’s analysis and my vehement disagreement: this attack does not have any of the signs of a “fifth column” conspirator who spent his days plotting revenge in killing the infidel.

                  To give you a sense of my worldview so as to not ignore those questions, I am receiving training in the sciences and am also interested in health on a global scale. This means that the fact that roughly 40% of the world’s population lives on $2 a day or less is at the forefront of my structural analysis. This may seem off topic, but as many Islamists (foot soldiers not leaders/ideological fountains of hate) are themselves quite poor and from poor countries, analyses of structural violence and poverty on a global scale would seem pertinent. Radical Islam in the modern sense began in my mind with Sayyid Qutb, and bastardizations of his worldview have served the likes of Al-Qaeda in indoctrinating disenfranchised Muslims and spurring them to violence. Does this mean I think that peace love and understanding is the appropriate response to radical Islam? No of course not, but I do think oversimplification in either the lovey-dovey or hawkish (in my mind neoconservative) direction is a disservice to the country and an insult to anyone’s intelligence.
                  I know this is very condensed, but again I don’t think a blog is enough space to tackle these questions in full. If you are of the mindset that I am dodging your question, I have provided the above opinion to refute that, but I stand by my belief that a true discussion of this is best left for a book or much longer correspondence than even my long posts.
                  I would reiterate my interest however, in the discussion of South Park and a new way in politics, along with any response within the constraints of the discussion of the shooter and Horowitz’s post.

                  • November 10, 2009 1:31 pm

                    For a discussion of postmodern Generation Y Conservatism and Horowitzian Conservatism I’d invite you to email me:

                    DavidSwindle AT Gmail Dot Com.

                    I welcome the dialogue.

                    We don’t want to drift too off topic in this particular thread. But via email I’m more than happy to go back and forth with you about this and other subjects.

                    Regarding your comments on this subject I get the sense that you’ve misinterpreted Horowitz’s remarks about the shooting. You seem to think that he’s suggesting that Hasan was a part of some sort of Islamist conspiracy. That’s not really the point at all. Hasan probably was a lone wolf.

                    That points that we’re arguing at the Freedom Center’s publications are basically these:
                    1. Hasan was motivated to kill by his Islamist ideology.
                    2. The US military failed to act in removing Hasan despite many obvious warning signs.
                    3. The reason they failed to do so was because of the influence of the political Left in making criticism and awareness of radical Islam akin to racism.
                    4. Whether Hasan was mentally unbalanced is beside the point. It’s safe to say that pretty much all Islamists who commit terrorist acts are mentally unbalanced in some sense.
                    5. Americans really need to recognize and understand the Islamofascist ideology if we are to defeat it. Right now many people do not. Which explains why so many are afraid to even acknowledge that Hasan’s ideology was likely the key factor in the tragedy. Without a proper understanding of this stuff then more tragedies like Fort Hood will occur.

                    Agree/disagree with any of these points?

                  • youarecategoricallywrong permalink
                    November 10, 2009 2:39 pm

                    So, my response would be this: despite recognizing that Hassan was probably a lone wolf, your points 1 and 3 seem to conflate his religiously based worldview and America’s cultural sensitivity to said “fifth column.” By continuing to imply or directly state that this was an act of terror to me is exactly saying that Hassan was part of a type of conspiracy. I believe my previous statements have taken pains to refute this in favor of a more nuanced characterization of a man gone off the deep end whose PERSONAL rationalization of choice for violence was Islam. This is important because it says more about him than his religion (he was a member of a non-extreme mosque) and suggests to me that his insanity led him to reach out to radical ideology rather than the other way around. In other words, if a socially isolated, abused person snaps and reaches out to any ideology as justification for murder, this does not support the idea that he is a terrorist in the way that Osama bin Laden (or his cohort) is a terrorist.

                    Your point 2 was addressed in my first post about our shortage of military personnel, but also recent reports have shown that DOD investigators did not find his correspondence problematic. I would agree with this assessment if indeed he was researching an actual paper which he was writing. Is it still terrible that he slipped through the cracks? Yes, but he was not reaching out to support terror, it seems more as if he were searching for input in a line of reasoning ending in his delusional descent into murder. Let me be clear: as your point 5 states and as I believe (which is why I mentioned Qutb) there is a dearth of broad based understanding about radical Islam, and as such free exchange of information and ideas (even with Imams) is important. Do not let one man’s delusions in crossing the line from critic to murderer inform your picture of an Islamofacist…he is a homegrown psycho and not the product of multinational terror organizations.

                    I find it very interesting that I agree with points 5 and 2; I think it is in the interpretation that we differ, which is great and is leading me to frame my thought in more diverse manners.

                    I will however make a strong objection to point 4. From personal sources, wire reports, books etc. I would say that not all those who engage in jihad (and/or terrorist acts) are “insane” and clearly the U.S. government supported that to some degree as we sent CIA officers into Afghanistan to collaborate with some of these men in the 80s. Are suicide bombers usually crazy? Sure, and in many cases these people have been kidnapped or taken-in to jihadist training at a young age thus making me think that their insanity may be imposed rather than inherent. Some of those who fight may also be motivated by more proximate injustice/suffering (such as being bombed, having family members killed etc.) than a deep sense that Qutb’s worldview must be imposed upon everyone. Reflexive violence against a perceived oppressor (that would be us sadly) who had such a negative impact on someone’s life is misguided I agree, but I can’t say it is insane if one takes the perspective of a Afghani farmer whose family has been murdered. But, on a more heartening note, I don’t think that this cause for radicalization will form any sustainable source of true committed terrorists willing to destroy the world order, because I have faith that American intervention can have a net positive effect despite the unavoidable horror and terror of war.

                    Though there are those who do actually believe in radical ideology (back to point 5), I think that drawing the line from this shooting to that specific ideology and philosophy is spurious at best, because again, if he subscribed to it, he would have been much more interested in making his violence as prolific as possible. Thus “Islamic ideology” as defined was not Hassan’s primary motivation to kill as you claim in point 1.

    • Hebrew Prophet permalink
      November 11, 2009 4:46 am

      True so true yet the sheep continue to be flanked by the Islamofascist sheepdog ,waiting for salvation ,but from who ?

  13. November 6, 2009 9:41 am

    This article asks a painful question, and the mainstream media seems committed to blocking real information. Remember how the MSM both censored Obama’s middle name and demanded we later celebrate it as an outreach to the Muslim world?
    We need clear, rational, and honest analysis – and the addiction to PC phrasing is blocking our ability to defend ourselves, our values, and our nation.

  14. Ez4moi permalink
    November 6, 2009 9:42 am

    1,400 years ago a warlord named Mohammed invented a “religion” out of whole cloth aside from his plagerism of stories from Judaism and Christiantity. The reason Allah sounds irrational is because Mohammed was irrational. The three main sources of Muslim based information on Mohammed overwhelmingly portray a mortal man who sought conquest of others in order to take booty like a pirate. He used Islam to consolidate his conquests and justify his immorality. By immorality, I refer to his theft of property, coveting and taking other men’s wives (including his own adopted son’s), pedaphilia when his child bride turned 9 years old, and of course the old standby genocidal mass murder.

    This “perfect” man is the model of behavior for Muslim males. Look no further than Mohammed for reasons as to Dr. Hassan’s murdering of American soldiers yesterday at Fort Hood. This is only the latest chaper in the jihad ordered my Mohammed long ago. Dr. Hassan is not radical, he is merely devout.

    • peoriaindian permalink
      November 6, 2009 6:52 pm

      That is exactly correct. The true history of this man is that he seeked power and organized a group of men that were just one step higher than a snake and promised them women (thus sex) and to become famous ( martyr themselves) in the name of Allah!, and when arriving to heaven to have the pick of 40 virgins at there beck and call! Read your history people. When Abraham turned out his illigitimate son to the wilderness, it was said then that he would be the root of all anquish and pain put upon him and suffer the women, for it was his Mother that put him such a state of despair.

    • Tom in The Swamp permalink
      November 7, 2009 4:19 am

      Christianity is a plagiarism of the Egyptian Horus mythology. All religions are bunk, and until we recognize that, we will continue to have madmen mudering innocents in the name of their deities, whether their names be Hasan or McVeigh.

      All religious fanatics should immediately be put into internment camps for the security of the nation.

      • November 7, 2009 12:38 pm

        And we put Tom in charge of determining who are the religious fanatics. I’ll bet that’ll work out well for everybody, considering how Auschwitz was such a raving success.

        • Swemson permalink
          November 7, 2009 12:54 pm

          The nazi’s wanted to slaughter all Jews, simply because they were Jews, and a convenient scapegoat for them to use.

          Tom seems to be speaking only about the RADICAL EXTREMISTS in all religious groups, who are the ones representing the TRUE danger to society…

          It’s easy to rail against Islam, because it is a barbaric cult, which has been terrorizing all civilized societies for over a thousand years,.But it’s naive to think that the guy who shot Medgar Evers, and the people who’ve murdered abortion doctors, and bombed their facilities, are not acting according to the exact same principals that Islam operates under…

          They simply think they have a right to kill anyone who doesn’t share their beliefs…

      • Ez4moi permalink
        November 9, 2009 12:19 pm

        Tom in The Swamp of Denial, the superficial comparison of Horus and Christianity must have sounded sophisticated to some who read it. Where are the legions of Horus worshipers today? Christianity passes the test of time. Prophesy after prophesy is coming to pass right before our eyes. Is it your progressive lack judeo-christian ethics and morals that which allows you to so easily place me in a concentration camp?

    • Gebrod the Native permalink
      November 7, 2009 12:33 pm

      Sounds like the Christian bloodletting during their take over of America. They did it in the name of Jesus. Also Mary was only 12 when she gave birth to Jesus. Was God a pedophile? Why would God be covorting with such a young girl? Why not an older woman? Christainity is a plagiarism of an ancient African Nile Religion that was sacred to Egyptians and Ethiopians. If one religion is a cult, then they are all cults. Joshua slaughtered in the name of Jehovah, Hitler slaughtered in the name of Jesus. The Native American were slaughtered in the name of Jesus. The Ancient Egyptians and Ethiopians slaughtered in the name of their god Amen. Muslims slaughter in the name of Allah. The Greeks slaughtered in the name of Zeus. They are all nothing but greedy blood thirsty murderers whose God is war and bloodshed.

      • Ez4moi permalink
        November 9, 2009 12:49 pm

        Gebrod, you’ve gone native. Give me the non-apochriphal scripture about Mary’s age if you can? Again, where are the masses of Ancient African Nile Religion worshippers today? Hitler like a good socialist was a pagan. He and the National German Workers Socialist Party did what they did in the name of national socialism. Read some history.

        Conveniently, you ignore the obvious. Jesus never advocated bloody violence. Anyone using His example is not a Christian as the definition of being Christian is to be Christ like.

        Your enlightening superficial moral equivalence does what besides excuse murder?

        My point was direct. Dr. Hasan was living up to his devout Muslim example of following the “perfect man” Mohammed. If we do not define the enemy, how may we prevail?

  15. Bob permalink
    November 6, 2009 9:46 am

    Janet Napolean’s words not mine… returning veterans are dangerous. Only radical anti-christ muslims can make us safe in this unsafe world that these muslim demons have created. Dear Lord, please curse these heathen operatives and let them know they are fighting you and cannot win. Peace.

  16. Mike permalink
    November 6, 2009 1:01 pm

    This is why I respect Mr. Horowitz. He’s frank and not afraid to speak the truth.

    As for the military being multicultural. It’s been that way for a long time. I joined the Air Force in 1981 and was a bit shocked to meet people from all over the world. We had people in that could barely speak English. One guy in my dorm was from Iran. The Iran Hostage Crisis was less than a year old so for a kid fresh off a tobacco farm in North Carolina it was a bit of a shock.

  17. David Thomson permalink
    November 6, 2009 2:00 pm

    “As for the military being multicultural. It’s been that way for a long time.”

    That’s not the problem. It is a very good thing that the military is multicultural. The problem is when it indulges in multiculturism! All multicultural values are not equal. Some are good—and a number are even evil. Our military refrains from distinguishing between the two.

    • Swemson permalink
      November 6, 2009 2:35 pm

      Yes.. that the military is multicultural is fine.

      These days, you can’t exactly interrogate a person about his religious beliefs.

      While it’s true that muslims are not all terrorists, with a few exceptions like Tim McVeigh, all terrorists ARE muslims. We know that they’ve been infiltrating our government for years, & it stands to reason that they’re infiltrating our military as well. Those who do, are truly enemies of our country, and political correctness be damed, I say that EVERY muslim who attempts to join our military, or apply for any government job above the level of garbage collector should be subjected to a full CIA type interrogation, including a properly administered interrogation under drugs..

      We have a right to know if our enemies are trying to infiltrate places where they can really do serious damage to America.

      If they object, then let them look for work elsewhere.

  18. mike wilson permalink
    November 6, 2009 4:50 pm

    When is somebody going to piss on Koran and make a Youtube that goes viral? We need to flush out (no pun intended) all these hidden terrorists before they can do even worse damage. Insulting their fragile sense of security in their own religion should do the trick.

    • Hebrew Prophet permalink
      November 11, 2009 3:42 am

      I hear what Mike says but unfortunately the weak minded the blind and the brainwashed can,t react to Islamist violence ,Sharia law as their sense of right and wrong is not up to it ,to intimidated by it.

  19. Anna Keppa permalink
    November 6, 2009 4:52 pm

    Well, I think we can all agree that the Army acted stupidly.

  20. Major Scarlet permalink
    November 6, 2009 5:12 pm

    not our brain dead country.. our brain dead PC Army. I blogged and said a lot less than this guy and got in trouble for it.. i got a general officer letter of reprimand for such things as saying that the UN is a dictators club and linking to a website that thought it was amusing to put a cat in a bottle. yes.. verbage in my reprimand. how could this guy get a pass? let the ass covering begin. feel free to contact me if you don’t believe my story. i can prove it.

  21. November 6, 2009 5:13 pm

    Political correctness has killed more people than islamic jihad has in years. I hate PC.

  22. November 6, 2009 5:44 pm

    i would like to ask this question of the government, can you please tell me how many muslims in the military now serve as bomber pilots, or on ballistic missile carrying submarines, or who work round nuclear, chemical or biologiocal weapons? is it true the cdc has muslim doctors now working in the labs that contain ebola, marburg, and small pox? is there some sort of reason this does not concern you? for those of you reading this who wish to understand the true depth of this problem please go the website, american jihad, there you will find a list of all the american soldiers who have been killed by these jihadist murderers. as to my other questions the military isn’t talking. i am asking that military personnel who have knowledge if any muslims working in such site please contact your senators and representatives, that way there is a public record they were warned. that way when we experience a nuclear or biological attack they can’t say they did not know and can then be tried for treason. ft hood officials who knew about hasan and failed to act can be tried under military law. they should be. notify your congressmen to this fact. if america fails to deal with this issue now we may be facing an act that will cost millions of lives.

    • Swemson permalink
      November 6, 2009 6:00 pm

      WB;

      BRAVO !

      The sooner more American’s throw political correctness out the door and stand up to speak the truth, the faster we’ll get ourselves out of this mess…

      We REALLY need to clean house in this country and do it fast… And when we do, we have to make some simple but basic changes in the system… And if any politician tries to stand in our way, regardless of whether we voted for or not, we need to kick the arses out as well..

    • November 7, 2009 5:57 am

      wb: Well those comments are one way to scare the s**t out of me and, I would assume, many others. Of course you are absolutely right but how would society set about clearing out the traitors from the ranks when POTUS himself is one of the criminal?

  23. jeanettepryor permalink
    November 6, 2009 6:56 pm

    Jihadi Columbine: We are all Nidal Malik Hasan?

    What Part of “Allahu Akbar” Do You Not Understand?

    It is an insult of criminal magnitude, to the intelligence of the American people, that the Media and Military collectively present the Radical Islamic Terrorist Attack at Fort Hood, resulting in the slaughter of American Soldiers and civilians, as anything but what we all know it to be.

    Any journalist or Military authority who “needs to study the situation to ascertain motive for the shooting,” needs to be instantly fired, perhaps prosecuted for endangerment of America.

    So, Army, you were literally preparing soldiers to send them to fight “Terror,” and you don’t know why the man yelling “Allahu Akbar,” tried to murder a roomful of American Soldiers? I am concerned that you won’t know who to shoot at, when you do get to Afghanistan. Hint…it will be the Muslims shouting “Allahu Akbar.”

    We know that Hasan is a radical Muslim Jihadist. A former fellow officer told Shepard Smith, of Fox NEWS, that Nidal had often spoken of the need for Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan to rise up against “American invaders.” The fact that this “little red flag” went unnoticed by anything with a brain-stem in Post-9-11 America defies credibility.

    So, the Islamic Cleric who knew him did not notice any “signs of extremism.” The story here is not that Hasan wasn’t, therefore, an extremist, but rather, the American Cleric’s definition of “extremism.”

    We are not all Nidal Malik Hasan. Yehuda Bauer said, “Thou shalt not be a perpetrator. Thou shalt not be a victim. And thou shalt never, but never, be a bystander.”

    Which one are we going to be, Media and Military, and President Barack Hussein Obama, and Anita Mao Dunn, and you, dear reader, and me? Perpetrator, by harming our Country? Or more likely a victim or bystander? Would we really rather die at the hands of Jihadis among us than speak the truth about the War waged on Americans by Radical Islamic Americans? Can we justify sending soldiers to die on foreign soil, fighting an enemy we are spineless to destroy here, in Texas?

    I do not know how to avoid being a victim, because I cannot take up a weapon to defend myself against the next Radical Muslim who decides Allah wants me to die. But, even if it is only with a silly keyboard, I can, at least for now, refuse to be a bystander and be silent about the War.

    I am not Nidal Malik Hasan, and Texas was not Columbine, it was the World Trade Centers, it was the Pentagon, it was a field in Pennsylvania. And Nidal Malik Hasan was not a member of the Trench-Coat Mafia – he was just another missionary of the Religion of Peace.

    • Swemson permalink
      November 6, 2009 7:07 pm

      Wow !

      Jeanette, you need to be one of the speech writers for whoever gets picked to run against Obama in 2012…

      Brilliantly spoken !

      Come on folks……. let’s hear more of you stand up and say it like it is !

    • November 6, 2009 7:37 pm

      WOW.

      http://newsrealblog.com/2009/11/06/comment-of-the-day-fort-hood-is-not-columbine-jihad-is-not-to-be-dismissed/

  24. Bob Barnes permalink
    November 6, 2009 8:29 pm

    David H: dead on, of course, but what’s up with the meaningless reference to “semi-automatic weapons?” Like “assault rifle,” “semi-automatic weapons” is a term gun controllers use to frighten uninformed readers, most of whom haven’t a clue what a “semi-automatic” pistol is. Ooohhh, sounds scary. The standard-issue sidearm in the military, the weapon that Olivia Benson uses on SVU, or our friends on NCIS–they are all “semi-automatic.” Big deal. Is the story different if he had used .38 revolvers instead of 9-mils? One key to the carnage he was able to inflict is that almost all of the other soldiers on base were UNARMED and defenseless. Just wait–somebody will say that more should be done to keep guns off AN ARMY BASE. The real problem was not too many “semi-automatic” weapons, but too few.

    • Soylent Green permalink
      November 8, 2009 3:19 pm

      Right on Bob! WHEREVER law abiding people are denied the right to self defense, they are victims waiting on a madman to slaughter them at will. I heard it reported that there were 400 to 500 people at the ceremony. Imagine what would have happened if only 10% of them had ALSO had a pistol. Does anyone think Hasan would have been able to fire up to 100 rounds a defenseless people and get away with it?

      And I also thought the same thing when David said ‘semi-automatic’. Eastern writers probably condemned the Indians use of ‘repeating rifles’ against Custer at Little Big Horn.

  25. Walt permalink
    November 6, 2009 8:46 pm

    I do think that FNC is feeling the pressure. Its hesitancy in reporting this incident and allowing Geraldo Rivera to make such insupportable remarks really took the cake. I am used to seeing such wishy washy reporting on CNN, but not FNC.

    • mbabbitt permalink
      November 6, 2009 8:57 pm

      Yeah, why didn’t Oreilly catch that spin?

  26. mbabbitt permalink
    November 6, 2009 8:55 pm

    Like everything else going on in the country today: if it’s obvious, totally miss the point and claim it as a deep and educated insight. A societal insanity has taken over our country: Up is down, poor is rich, stupid is smart, de-industrialization is progress. The founders of our country are not spinning in their graves; they are heading to the hills to get away from this disaster in motion. Oftentimes, I wish I had the means to do the same. When I was a leftist liberal, I wished for what is going on right now. Be careful what you….well, you know the rest.

  27. Robert A permalink
    November 6, 2009 9:24 pm

    It is likely most every statement made against the Muslim Jihad is rank with hypocrisy. How many of those making comments will use one less gallon of gas next week or look for a car strictly on the basis of high mpg when deciding to buy? Until Americans in their willful blindness, stop filling the enemies coffers, its all hot,hot air. The average American will accept Sharia law, prayer mats and the slaughter of 13 soldiers for a tank of gas. Thirty pieces of silver.

    • sonochic permalink
      November 7, 2009 6:06 am

      Drill Baby Drill!!!!!

    • Joy permalink
      November 8, 2009 1:11 am

      Sorry, Robert, I’m (happily) stuck with my Ford Focus – can’t even afford to THINK about a new car now, let alone one of those expensive hybrids or (useless) electric cars. I’d LOVE to get off the gas, but what do you suggest I pour into the tank instead? You are one ignorant idiot to assume that everyone can just get off the gasoline, like THAT! Certainly not poor people like me – whose only form of practicable transportation are cars that use gasoline for fuel.

      FYI, as a believing Jew, I would NEVER accept those nasty prayer rugs or ANYTHING to do with the “Religion of Hate & War!!” And, as a woman, I would resist Shar’ia law as if it were the Plague (which, of course, it proverbially IS!) – genital mutilation – among other attrocities that are permitted and even prescribed in Islam – is NOT on my radar!

      Please don’t try to project whatever angst you may have onto others. We are angry, alright, but we intend to TRY to do something about it: e.g., speaking out incessantly from here on out AGAINST both PC and Radical Islam. I intend to risk social pyrrhia (sp?) status by making my very-NON PC feelings known to the extent possible. And I intend to vote against ALL Congressional incumbents as a sort of secondary measure.

  28. William Wallace permalink
    November 6, 2009 11:10 pm

    I would greatly appreciate it if the Main Stream Media would refrain from labeling the next Roman Catholic priest who is caught molesting a child, as being either Roman Catholic, or a priest. Please just list his name, and perhaps a rhetorical question lamenting what sort of Pre Traumatic Stress Syndrome could have led to such a travesty.

    Fat chance…

  29. Trenchant Commentator permalink
    November 7, 2009 5:08 am

    JEANETTEPRYOR:

    That was bloody brilliant! Pure genius. PURE GENIUS!!!!!!!! I wish I’d written that! Damn, you make me envious, jeanettepryor!

  30. shane comeback permalink
    November 7, 2009 6:05 am

    “madmen mudering innocents in the name of their deities, whether their names be Hasan or McVeigh”-Tom in the Swamp-
    Tom I was not aware McVeigh blew up the Federal Building in the name of God. Where did you get that information?

    • Tom in The Swamp permalink
      November 7, 2009 6:45 am

      McVeigh was a member of the Christian Identity movement. He scheduled his bombing on the anniversary of the Branch Davidian fire and the Ruby Ridge assault on a co-member of the Christian Identity movement.

      Unlike Islamic terrorists anti-abortion terrorists, Christian Identity terrorists (like The Family on the international political level) prefer to keep quiet about their co-conspirators when they get caught, so that the co-conspirators can continue to undermine American freedoms unfettered. Their strategy is different, but their aim is the same — theocratic rule, with themselves at the top of the theocracy.

      • dadgervais permalink
        November 7, 2009 8:46 am

        Despite efforts by the government and dhimmi press to hide the truth, there is more than enough evidence of McVey’s connections (New York, Chicago, Manilla R.P.) with Islamists to call into question your facile assumption of his motives.

        Google is your friend, the truth is out there.

      • Ez4moi permalink
        November 9, 2009 1:21 pm

        Tom in The Swamp this great United States of America was founded on Judeo-Christian principles by believers. The least of our founding fathers’ beliefs would sound today like the most ardent Bible thumping preacher. Why is it that the theocracy you and the left love to fear was not established when all of us were Christian?

        You are suffering from a baseless fear. The Left are paranoid.

        You touched upon anti-abortion activists as terrorists. The Progressives created Planned Parenthood. Progressives are responsible for 50,000,000 human lives being terminated. Do not hammer Christians about opposing this unless you are willing to assume credit for the ending of these human lives. The Left being the Left are ever opportunistic. I fully anticipate one day when it shall be politically advantageous to throw the pro-choice women under the bus. For example, what is the number at which you shall become queasy? Is it One Billion? At that distant time, the Left will rewrite history to ask the question, “How could a Christian America have let abortion go on until One Billion human lives have been terminated? Why didn’t they do something?”

        Tom in The Swamp, you worry about paranoid conspiracies while the straight forward homicide of the unborn you support. I say homicide as opposed to murder. Homicide is the ending of human life even if legal. Support of abortion is by definition support of homicide.

    • Tom in The Swamp permalink
      November 7, 2009 6:48 am

      WordPress won’t let me reply with the answer — it gives me a bogus “Duplicate” message when I try.

      Sorry, the software here is broken.

      • Tom in The Swamp permalink
        November 7, 2009 6:49 am

        Never mind, it seems that it was posted after all.

      • Tom in The Swamp permalink
        November 7, 2009 6:49 am

        Never mind, it seems that it was posted after all.

  31. Val permalink
    November 7, 2009 6:13 am

    Every time I visit my old country in eastern Europe, which have no muslim population, I understand what the muslims have given the World. . Nothing. Just hate and tears.Wake up! look at Israel how to deal will this sect of death.

  32. BobbyXD9 permalink
    November 7, 2009 7:58 am

    From a sheer statistical standpoint, more Americans are killed by psychiatrists than by Muslims. Plus, each year many are indicted for rape, fraud, and many other crimes. It is a very deadly “profession”. Most psychs graduate in the bottom 10% of their medical class. Then they embark upon their jihad to put people and our children on hazardous drug for made-up maladies. All the mass shootings America has ever endured have been at the hands of those on psyche drugs. ALL! And they manage to keep this fact out of the press. Do a little reasearch folks. They are among America’s most dispicable criminal class. Just do a search of “psychiatric drug murders” and see the thousands of results.

  33. Jim permalink
    November 7, 2009 1:15 pm

    David H. It’s the “bathhouses” all over again……

  34. Bobby permalink
    November 7, 2009 1:23 pm

    Maybe YOU were part of the problem Mr. Horowitz. Afterall, didn’t you yourself admit to your communist, American destroying past before you changed. Actions have consequences and you once strengthened those leftists that you now so rightly despise. Just something to think about, before you blame the average American.

    • Ez4moi permalink
      November 9, 2009 1:30 pm

      Horowitz has acknowledged that he was wrong. He has said he has South Vietnamese blood on his hands. He is doing everything possible to right his error in judgement. It took the murder of one of his friends by Black Panthers to give him second thoughts. Bobby, he is trying to wake up the average American.

  35. CoasterGDO permalink
    November 7, 2009 3:18 pm

    We have become a nation of cowards. Oh, we will “fight” over “issues” and politics, even doing physical harm sometimes to our opponents, and if not, we have no problem assassinating their character or credibility. Oh we are so politically courageous. We have no problem seeing that enemy…

    But when it comes to pure, real evil in physical manifestation, we turn and leave it to kill those who are close to it, so we have time to run away. Then we try, pathetically, to find plausible and even valiant motives for this evil and broadcast it far and wide, so that perhaps the evil will show favor toward us and allow us to live next time it passes near.

    I’m sure the evil is impressed…

  36. Stephen permalink
    November 7, 2009 4:26 pm

    Fox is successful. The pressure to conform with the overall media will be difficult, if not impossible to resist. And regardless of the ideological stance they are in elite position; they are afraid to rouse the masses. None of them trust we the yahoos not to begin visiting violence on innocent Muslims. That fact as well as their kneejerk obeisiance to the military puts them in the position of looking like CNN, ABC, et. al..

    • November 8, 2009 2:43 am

      A believing Muslim cannot, by definition, be innocent, All, even those who are not themselves killers and terrorists, support the jihad. Western society is doomed without immediate repatriation of the infidels in our midst.

      • Hebrew Prophet permalink
        November 11, 2009 4:02 am

        So when and how as Sharia law is on it,s way ,as in Londonistan,Birminghamstan ,and other British cities?

  37. Damon permalink
    November 7, 2009 7:24 pm

    What a beautiful day. I wonder what ever should I do? Go shopping? Bah… boring! Play tennis? Maybe… a bit chilly, though. I know! How about I go out and gun down anyone that ever insulted my religion? In fact, why don’t we ALL go do that? Come on, everyone! Grab your firearms, knives, box cutters, or whatever deadly objects you happen to have lying around, and go avenge yourselves! After all, according to the NY Times, it’s your “God-given right to retaliate!” Sure, sure, I know… “he who does not retaliate is TWICE blessed,” but, today, I think being ONCE blessed will suffice.

    So, how did I come to decide upon this course of action? I’m lying in bed on a lazy Saturday morning, when I come across the lead article on the home page of the NY Times website. The article is titled, “Muslims at Fort Voice Outrage and Ask Questions.” This being the aftermath of the Fort Hood shooting, I open the link expecting (okay, this is the NY Times we’re talking about here… I wasn’t “expecting” as much as “hoping for”) an open, honest discussion of the forces that drove the killer to commit this murderous act. Of course, the chances of that are about the same as a Hassidic Jew vacationing in Mecca getting home alive.

    In true form, the NY Times goes out of its way to avoid calling this atrocity what it really is: Terrorism. Instead, the Times deliberately focuses on quotes that make excuses for and rationalize the actions of the killer, Major Nidal Malik Hasan. For example, Victor Benjamin II, a former member of the Army, and Duane Reasoner Jr., a substitute teacher, both members of the same mosque Major Hasan attended, are quoted by the Times as saying:

    (Mr. Benjamin) “When a white guy shoots up a post office, they call that going postal. But when a Muslim does it, they call it jihad.” Mr. Benjamin is deliberately mixing apples and oranges here. Eye-witnesses report that Major Hasan was shouting “Allahu Akbar” as he was gunning his victims down, and there is a growing body of evidence that he had been steadily becoming more and more radical in his religious views. Let’s assume for a minute that the insane postal worker in Mr. Benjamin’s example had been Muslim instead of a “white guy.” If he did not shout praises to Allah as he was slaughtering his co-workers, and there was no other evidence to suggest he was Islamist, then his actions would NOT be classified as jihad, regardless of the fact that he was Muslim.

    As Mr. Benjamin is fully aware, jihad implies intent. Major Hasan intended to make a statement, and was guided by the belief that Muslims “should not have alliances with Christians and Jews,” and that if, “you are killed in the military fighting against Muslims, you will go to Hell.” (both quotes by Mr. Reasoner). Major Hasan was waging jihad, and so, for that matter, are Misters Benjamin and Reasoner.

    Mr. Benjamin further deflects blame from the killer and the religious system which inculcated his radical views to the command structure of the U.S. Military. “Ultimately it was Brother Hasan’s doing, but the command should be held accountable.” On this point, I have to partially agree. It seems the military had ample evidence that Major Hasan was becoming more and more radicalized, yet they did not discharge him. For that, the U.S. military should be held accountable, and will hopefully learn from their irresponsible and deadly mistake. However, Mr. Benjamin clearly refuses to hold the “command” of his own religious establishment accountable for the leading and far more influential role it played in this tragedy, that of creating a human weapon out of Major Hasan.

    Which brings me back to what I should do today. Since the NY Times clearly sanctions the motivations of Major Hasan (and when you read the article, it’s plain to see that it really does), the Islamist radicals must have it right… after all, the Times is the bastion of truth and justice for all. Which means I must now hunt down every living person that ever insulted my religion. That may be a lot to do in one day, so I’ll just start locally. Someone at a restaurant I was dining at the other night made a disparaging remark against Judaism. I’ll start with her. But why should I stop there? Why stop the killing at just those unrighteous souls that insult my religion. After all, I’m not a very religious person myself. How about I go on a personal jihad and just slaughter everyone that ever hurled any kind of insult at me, whether it be about my religion, my appearance, my intelligence (that means all of you readers, too… better not insult my intelligence here, even if you disagree with everything I’m saying).

    And why should I enjoy the ecstatic catharsis of bloodlust all by myself? Why don’t all of you join me in your own personal jihads and we can all go on a killing spree of biblical proportions, culminating in an orgy of death for all? True, it will take twice as long for us to earn the same number of blessings we otherwise would have if we didn’t retaliate, but, on the other hand, we’ll have so much more fun getting there.

    Damon

    Here is the NY Times article:
    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/07/us/07muslim.html?_r=1&hp

    • Hebrew Prophet permalink
      November 11, 2009 4:07 am

      We are missing your point completely Damon so spell it out ,short and concise?

  38. Len Powder permalink
    November 7, 2009 10:05 pm

    When it comes to Islamist Radicals, like Major Hasan, the MSM is absolutely petrified of incriminating Muslims or their Holy Book in any of the thwarted and realized terrorist incidents which have been reported consistently between 911 and today. Even Fox News, in many respects the only objective news source available today on television, tip toes very jingerly around stories involving Muslims and Jihadists. Even their commentators are very circumspect in dealing with such stories. O’Reilly, for example, always gives the perpetrators the benefit of the doubt (something he does regularily with Obama as well).

    What is it about Islam and Muslims that intimidates and frightens even Fox commentators? In fact, none of the conservative talk radio hosts ever speaks about Islamists in the same harsh tone applied to conservative adversaries. And yet, the Islamists are every bit as dangerous, if not more so, than the most radical statists in DC or the media.

    There are many incidents in which Islamists have attacked their detractors, famous and ordinary people alike. Are Fox and others afraid of defamation law suits from CAIR or are they afraid of the threats to their existence, not only as media businesses, but as mortal human beings? If so, then the violence which we all know the Islamists are inclined to inflict on their detractors, is a threat to which we are responding with cowardice and political correctness. Political correctness and excessive caution will not save us from the fate that the Islamists have in store for us. Our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan can not save us for the enemy is now within our borders and will prey on our cowardice and delusions until they inflict another 911, except the next time it will be worse because they have set their sites on destruction more devastating than the last time.

    Between Obama and Osama we cannot afford to become victims of political rectitude or lack of courage. How many Americans will have to die or be maimed for life before recognize the perfectly obvious truth that Islamists have only one objective – to kill or enslave us all?

    • Hebrew Prophet permalink
      November 11, 2009 3:54 am

      That depends on who funds the organisation responsible for unbiased ,professional
      reporting,take Al-Jazeera and Al-Manara for example ,one a supposedly Arab moderate, unbiased propaganda ntework ,the other Nasrallah,s personal anti -Israeli/Jewish virulent talkshow,it,s pretty obvious as to where the funds come from in Al-Manara,s case ,Iran,who funds Fox News?

  39. Joy permalink
    November 8, 2009 1:32 am

    Agree with all that recognize the GREATEST ENEMY we, as Americans, have ever faced, rivaled only by the Axis powers in WWII and the former Soviet Union: Namely, The Third Jihad, Radical Islam – the impending World Caliphate.

    When I briefly studied The Crusades in school (years & years ago), I didn’t have much interest – and, anyway, just felt that it was ancient history, totally in the past – and such an impossible force (from such an ancient world!), that it would NEVER again be a threat to our present-day civilization. WRONG!! Jihad is moving on ALL fronts today = and NO ONE is safe!!

    We have no choice but to confront and defeat it. The tip-toeing thru the tulips has GOT to stop!

    • Hebrew Prophet permalink
      November 11, 2009 4:10 am

      It,s not tulips it,s opium from the killing fields of Afhganistan,so burn the whole Swat valley and it,s poppy fields,i say.

  40. Terry permalink
    November 9, 2009 5:42 am

    FOX originally reported that the shooter had been killed during the rampage, along with the other News orgaizations. I don’t think it was irrational that they waited the second time, for correct information on the shooters identity, before they aired it.

    • John Davidson permalink
      November 9, 2009 1:49 pm

      The name implied a greater conspiracy and considering that, it may have been wise for all to wait until the facts surrounding this horrifying incident surfaced.

      Those folks in Texas like their guns and the idea of protecting themselves is not a bad one, either, but…if the government can’t protect us, what other choice do we have.

  41. Soylent Green permalink
    November 9, 2009 2:58 pm

    Hi John,

    I’d just like to make a comment on: “Those folks in Texas like their guns and the idea of protecting themselves is not a bad one, either, but…if the government can’t protect us, what other choice do we have.”

    The fact is, it is YOUR responsibility to protect yourself, despite what liberals say. My brother is a retired police officer and he always said that the motto “To Protect and Serve” was a bogus statement. The police cannot stop someone walking down the street and arrest him BEFORE he commits mayhem on your person or property. They only get involved AFTER he has kicked your a** and only THEN do they get involved. And then they MAY find him or they may not! But either way, you are still a victim. Hopefully an a** whipping is ALL you got.

    Also, there was one incident a few years back where three women were beaten and raped repeatedly by intruders. The police were called by one of the women several times and failed to act. They sued the police department for it’s inaction and it was ruled that ‘the police don’t have an obligation to protect individuals, just society as a whole’.

    last part

    • John Davidson permalink
      November 10, 2009 12:37 pm

      It’s not the police, it is the justice system. An old sheriff friend of mine told me that if someone broke into my house, I would have to kill him otherwise I’d be sued, chasticed in the news, the ACLU would haunt me, and I’d have to kiss a liberal you know where.

  42. November 10, 2009 3:23 pm

    To youarecategoricallywrong,

    By continuing to imply or directly state that this was an act of terror to me is exactly saying that Hassan was part of a type of conspiracy. I believe my previous statements have taken pains to refute this in favor of a more nuanced characterization of a man gone off the deep end whose PERSONAL rationalization of choice for violence was Islam.

    It’s perfectly acceptable to dub this an act of Islamic terrorism likely conceived and executed by a lone wolf. Hasan considered himself a “Soldier of Allah” and his act was meant to strike back at a country and a people he hated — to terrorize.

    I’m having a hard time seeing the nuances of your argument disagreeing here.

    I will however make a strong objection to point 4. From personal sources, wire reports, books etc. I would say that not all those who engage in jihad (and/or terrorist acts) are “insane” and clearly the U.S. government supported that to some degree as we sent CIA officers into Afghanistan to collaborate with some of these men in the 80s. Are suicide bombers usually crazy? Sure, and in many cases these people have been kidnapped or taken-in to jihadist training at a young age thus making me think that their insanity may be imposed rather than inherent.

    I didn’t say “insane.” I said “mentally unbalanced in some sense.” I think the vast majority who are “radical” in one sense (and this is ideology aside since radicals can take up any number of ideologies) have some degree of psychological issues.

    Though there are those who do actually believe in radical ideology (back to point 5), I think that drawing the line from this shooting to that specific ideology and philosophy is spurious at best, because again, if he subscribed to it, he would have been much more interested in making his violence as prolific as possible. Thus “Islamic ideology” as defined was not Hassan’s primary motivation to kill as you claim in point 1.

    Your point here doesn’t make any sense. You’re saying that because Hasan didn’t kill more people it means he wasn’t motivated by Islamist ideology? That’s a logical chain of thought you’re going to need to develop a bit more.

  43. Hebrew Prophet permalink
    November 11, 2009 3:59 am

    Why do Sunnis and Shiites blow each other up every day in Pakistan,Afghanistan and Iraq,is it due to the infidels in Muslim lands or the backwards 6th century ideology of Islam that kills in the name of Allah ?

  44. Hebrew Prophet permalink
    November 11, 2009 4:17 am

    When the electorate puts clowns in control of the country you get a circus ,what,s the problem?

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