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The Fort Hood Shooting is Terrorism, Not Quantum Physics

November 13, 2009


Watching several days of commentary on Nidal Hasan’s (no, I will not call him “Major Hasan”) Fort Hood massacre was painful. Evan Thomas of Newsweek turned it into something about “right wingers.” Sally Quinn, widow of Ben Bradley who writes a “Faith Column” for the Washington Post, wasn’t sure what she thought, but was pretty sure we should not “jump to conclusions.” Fox News actually congratulated itself, through Bill O’Reilly, because the “Fox All-Stars” on Special Report were not negative on Obama’s eulogy. Chief of Staff for the Army, George Casey says,

“As horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”

I don’t know how the Ottoman or Roman Empires started to go south, but when a nation’s intelligentsia become so lost in  mindless constructs, it can’t be a good sign. When quantum physicists attempt to translate their measurements and mathematical deductions into everyday language, they produce what appears to be an irreducible paradox which can say of an object– “it is both here and not here”– at the same time. Physicists had a choice to make. They could spend all their time philosophizing about this seeming impossibility, or simply use a probably imperfect model to make predictions. They of course chose observable measurements over hypothetical ruminations and as such we have microchips and Hubble space craft.

We cannot be inside the head of Hasan, or Castro, or Ahmadinejad. We will never know what “really” motivates them. Nor can we be inside the head of our own leaders. If a president cannot deliver a good eulogy, then it truly is all over. Do we actually need to ask “how he did” and be self-congratulatory for vague praise? As irritating as that was, it pales in comparison to the initial “anything except what was observed” interpretation of Hasan’s murderous spree.

A Muslim man walks into a room with two pistols shouting “Allahu akbar” and begins killing and wounding people. Wouldn’t a reasonable response be “I wonder if there are other Muslims in the military thinking the same thing” or “might this be part of a larger conspiracy?” Instead, the reaction was not to wonder anything at all, but to declare every conceivable counter-factual as the probable cause. Post traumatic stress syndrome, the all-purpose just “snapping,” Bob Schieffer’s remarkable “Christians do it too” defense, the stress of treating patients, and of course the ever-present Muslim discrimination defense. These are all counter-factual statements. The one “factual” observation was ignored. I believe political correctness is simply repressed bigotry. But that is a topic for another day.

A satisfactory investigation is unlikely to be conducted. Any administration which thinks it’s sane to change the term “terror” to “man-made disaster” is itself a man-made disaster. The solution to this problem begins in 2010, when we can start electing new people into office, at least in the Congress.

Editor’s Note: Visit Michael Rulle’s Blog Here. See his previous NewsReal commentaries here.

  1. November 13, 2009 4:14 pm

    So our military has been infiltrated by terrorists. That’s a scary thing, and another failure of the Bush administration. Hopefully, Obama will read this as a wake-up call and do something about communication between agencies. That should issue should have been addressed immediately after 9/11.

    • November 13, 2009 9:55 pm

      Yeah, let’s all start holding our breath now.

    • John Davidson permalink
      November 14, 2009 7:44 am

      Ben, if it is only the military that has been infiltrated, we would not be so concerned, but our government is full of them.

      If you check out the Congressional record of how the Democrats stymied many attempts to strengthen our defenses against our enemy legislatively, the answer is recorded.

      Now, they have openly moved forward with an agenda that threatens our freedoms. There is only one way they can remain in power and that is to get rid of the competition. That process is moving forward, too.

      • November 14, 2009 8:22 am

        [Ben, if it is only the military that has been infiltrated, we would not be so concerned]

        That’s the craziest thing I’ve heard in quite a while.

        • November 14, 2009 1:49 pm

          In which foxhole are you living. You have kept your head down so long that your mind is befuddled and brain has turned to mash. The Obamaites are determined to bring America to its knees; POTUS is merely a tool in the hands of Soros and his clique.

  2. November 13, 2009 4:56 pm

    The talking heads blather on and on, but it all comes back to racism. No one wants to be branded a racist. That’s why Hasan was able to stay in the army as long as he did. There were plenty of red flags along the path to Hasan’s well-planned killing spree and martyrdom, but at the end of the day most people don’t want to rock the boat. “Somebody else will report him,” we say to ourselves.

    But nobody did.

    And who can blame them? Remember the Flying Imams? If you do your civic duty and report suspicious behavior to the authorities, chances are you’ll get sued for your trouble.

    • November 14, 2009 10:33 pm

      but at the end of the day most people don’t want to rock the boat. “Somebody else will report him,” we say to ourselves.


      i agree with the first aspect of this statement. at the end of the day, most people (not that they dont want to) they are afraid to rock the boat. they are afraid to having to defend against opposition their position. they are afraid of the ‘rule of mob’ methods which have taken root — without critical thinking and logic. it takes very thick skin and a great degree of integrity and courage to ‘rock THAT boat’. because of course, it means risking your own drowning. but what is integrity and courage?

      msr has highlighted one of my pet peeves with society in general today: “I believe political correctness is simply repressed bigotry. But that is a topic for another day.”

      this is one of the main causes of MANY of the issues we face today. this is a problem which needs to be dealt with our this nation is likely to turn against itself while under the impression it is protecting itself. political correctness has been the cause of the slow deterioration in virtue and integrity. for the sake of other’s we sacrifice self.

      i have met my word quota for the evening.

      two last comments (short): the instability of the officer was documented. the failure was his dismissal or corrective action. corrective action does not equal transfer. corrective action is resolve or release. black and white. but dismissal and release is simply transferring the ‘issue’ to the civilian world. the act of a jihadist cannot be dealt with (with futuristic outlook) until we can admit it exists with a simple intent: destruction of the ‘west’ and anything corrupting the word of the prophet.


  3. RGG permalink
    November 13, 2009 5:25 pm

    “no, I will not call him “Major Hasan””

    At last. It angers me that the murderer still gets called ‘Major’ everywhere.

  4. Steve permalink
    November 14, 2009 6:18 am

    As an outsider(Canadian) to this terror at Fort Hood, I cringe to think what is coming down the pike. America, our neigbours to the South, the land of the free and the home of the brave, is crumbling like the ancient Roman Empire. If America falls, all of us in the Western democracies fall with her, too. To me it seems radical and moderate Islam(not much difference if you consider Muhammad as their Prophet) is on the march and the tipping point has been reached and our political correctness will not acknowledge the enemy within. What will it take for the Powers That Be(mainstream media included) in the USA to wake up? The only thing I can think of is a few Hiroshima-sized bombs popping off in several major cities. Perhaps then, America will rise up against Islam and recognize that Islam is an evil political idealogy cloaked in a just-as-evil, cultic religion.

  5. November 14, 2009 6:41 am

    Army Chief of Staff George Casey “As horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”

    Those words by Casey are a disgrace to the men and women of Fort Hood who died and those who are still suffering from their wounds. Casey makes the terrorist actions by Hasan sound like just another skirmish on the battlefield. This wasn’t a skirmish on the battlefield, but a terrorist act on American soil. As long as we let Political Correctness control our actions against those who want to bring harm to Americans, we make it easier for the next Fort Hood to take place.

    President Obama, General Casey, The Liberal Media, all continuing in the cover up of the real facts. Hasan was a Jihadist hell bent on killing as many americans as he could in hopes of a greater reward of 72 virgins. Hasan was a soldier of Allah. Wake up America before its too late.


  6. William James Ward permalink
    November 14, 2009 10:50 am

    It goes back to Fallujah, 2003 and the pullback of American forces.
    PC did not work so a return and battle ensued, talking does no good.
    If the Bush Administration had the stones it would all be over now.
    Fallujah should have been given a chance to remove women and children
    and then obliterated. It should have been plowed under, flattened
    and salted, its wells poisoned for a thousand years. Then maybe the
    jihadists would have gotten the message and we could speak and
    be listened to. No that did not happen, our troops were kept walking
    in circles like targets in a penny arcade until new Generals got tired
    of wasting the troops. As an ex-GI I resent greatly how our soldiers
    are used and not free to wage war on the enemy. The mission was to hunt down and destroy the killers of 9/11, oh how it convolutes into political crap.

    How wonderful to be on the way out of country, enemies in front and
    enemies in back, enemies beneath and enemies above. One good thought,
    judgement day for the political hacks is inevitable. That the American
    people vote in a government of appologists and weak smarmy idiots is
    such a pathetic waste. “Hussein, Hassan” it’s all the same to me.
    Do we really care what others think more than we treasure the lives of our own troops? Is the false image created by the so called “World”
    anything we should give two cents for, of course not.

    Listen, there are no Islamic immigrants, only colonizers.
    Let our image around the world be what it will, maybe we can save
    America before it is to late, that I think is worth giving up life for,
    but perverse leadership will do everything it can to keep it from
    happening. Vote American culturization, stand up for America, send
    the enemy within away, the war against America is here and abroad,
    please get it. Michael Rulle has got it, great article.

    • November 14, 2009 11:58 pm

      Thank you for those words William J. Ward !

      I can appreciate your perception- so many even resent a negative view of Islamic immigration, as if those intruders actually are doing our country some favor. They are using us of course, and words like that I can’t speak nowadays except in a place like this . It’s because of that politically correct phobia sweeping the country.

      I think just as Brigitte G. does, and some seem to almost hate me for it. They figure I’m an Islamophobe . The fight to resist Islamization is not easy, but I am determined, just like Brigette.

      Your post is really excellent – are you a professional writer ?

      PS: what kind of Ward are you, Scottish or Irish ?

      America forever,

      Denise Ward

  7. peachey permalink
    November 14, 2009 12:27 pm

    We have entered the twilight zone where reality is being twisted and skewed into the PC desired tolerance and multicultural approach to human affairs.

    Actually the virgins come in third after:1.all the alcohol and intoxicants that you could ever want 2. young boys with alabaster skin ( I will let you ponder on this) then 3. perpetual virgins. Just wanted to get the reward structure down correctly and not deprive a Muslim of the booze and boys.

  8. November 14, 2009 1:56 pm

    WJ Ward: What a phrase .. there are no Islamic immigrants, only colonizers.’
    Fantastic. It will stay with me forever. The truth in seven words .. nothing else needs to be said. Thanks WJW. Thanks and thanks again.

  9. victor permalink
    November 14, 2009 3:15 pm

    How in the world did this Muslim terrorist with poor performance evaluations and so many warning signs get promoted to Major, just a few months ago? Political correctness and affirmative action gone amukl. Casey is a disgrace for his comments about diversity and failure to call this what it was–Muslim terrorism on our soil.

  10. idviking permalink
    November 15, 2009 12:51 am

    The real tragedy here is how much political correctness is contributing to the death of Americans citizens and soldiers abroad. It is ironic that those who spout the need for diversity above all else seem to forget that in totalitarian societies like Islam that it doesn’t exist. Killing people who don’t believe in your religion or political rubbish brings out all kinds of cries for hate crime legislation except when Islam is involved. Seems to me designating the death of anyone who doesn’t believe in the Koran is a pretty literal definition of what a “hate crime” is.
    It also seems rabidly bigoted. And as easily as the cries of racist/bigot permeate the media, the silence is deafening when an event like Ft. Hood screams for this condemnation.

    It also begs the question-“Are any legislators, military leaders and diplomats required to actually read the Koran?”
    Because it seems fairly impossible to ignore the reality of that awful book if you are at least semi-literate.

    I wonder what it will take before eyes are opened? How many people have to die before the truth will be reported? The Media and the PC idiots out there are as much to blame for the murders of our troops as that piece of dirt Hassan.

    “Not only for every idle word, but for every idle silence, must man render an account.”(St. Ambrose)

    • November 15, 2009 9:35 am


      ***it also begs the question-”Are any legislators, military leaders and diplomats required to actually read the Koran?”
      Because it seems fairly impossible to ignore the reality of that awful book if you are at least semi-literate.***

      have you read the koran? i have. one must look at the koran similar as one looks at the bible or any other faith based literature. there is no difference between the many faiths and their literature and the followers of the quran (majority) do not interpret the qur’an as the basis for killing westerners. it is the extremist who looks at chapter / verse (surahs) and extracts texts to validate their personal desires to wage war in the name of allah. and this is where we need to dig further… what is at the root of their believing at their core, they are pure, we are inpure, and therefore the only discerning legal (hard line) separation of good and evil is jihad.

      we could say there is the same ability when reading the bible. eye for an eye…etc. death penalty…etc. we must be careful when stating the extremism (in theory) is different from our law (in theory). both sides believe their theories exist ‘for good’. its the means of achieving each individual good which differentiates the jihadist. they kill to eradicate evil (among those who otherwise seem innocent citizens in a progressive country). we kill (death penalty) very specifically those who ‘break’ the law (our law — soon to be international laws). basline difference? jihadists kill without establishing law with their ‘guilty’. they kill according to the ‘law’ theyve interpreted in the quran. we kill based on established law and also give the presumed guilty a right to defend their actions based on the established law.

      not every faith based believer is an extremist. and not every extremist is a faith based individual. they are not bound together. so when dissecting an extremist, we must find the root of their beliefs first. when punishing extremists, they must understand the law by which they are held (again, our preemptive measure of explanation before verdict). they do not explain their law by which the west is held (and therefore there is no preemptive measure to defend against their verdict).

      the above addresses issues relating to qur’an and islam and extremists v. the west.

      what stifles the USA and the ‘western thinkers’? our desire to be politically correct in communicating understanding and inclusion for all (global) when the globe is not interested in communicating understanding nor inclusion. so, we continue to pedal political correctness and ‘prove’ (for what apparent reason baffles me) to the world, we are fair and balanced…and yet, no one has agreed on what the baseline is for measuring fairness and balance. it is relative and changes based on who is forcing the concept of political correctness. faith, gender, sexual preference, community views, private and privacy rights, etc etc etc. what is political correctness? compromise of beliefs for the inclusion of all, right? and if the beliefs of those we are compromising with are held by aggressors, we are asked to comply because they scream the loudest and cry victim-hood! and if victim-hood is positioned, whoever sits opposing, is the stronger and must (why??) be willing to consider the weakness of the victim and forgo / give. its bullshyt. we’ve been fooled. because now everyone cries victim and we (being (by default) named the stronger) must fold to the weak and give. sacrifice our beliefs to consider and soften the victims weakness. nonsense.

      i could go on for a good long while on political correctness and how it has turned our strength on itself. we are destroying our own beliefs for those who dont care a bit for our beliefs…because they claim weakness and victim-hood. we are submitting to their level and yet in doing so, they have won and are NOT weak but manipulating victors! they are wise and we are foolish until we begin to realize, political correctness is a weapon not an ideal.

      that is the imbalance.


  11. kathryn permalink
    November 15, 2009 9:40 pm

    I’m so glad you wrote this! I have been fuming about the same thing. Our country is so loathe to call a spade a spade! Do we need another 9/11 to occur before we admit we’re under attack on our own soil, again!

  12. idviking permalink
    November 16, 2009 1:34 am

    You make a valid point regarding how PC has turned the strength of the west upon itself. However there is monumental difference between Christians/Jews(non-believers) and Islam. And that is that Islam advocates genocide with regard to the non-believer for failing to worship Allah. Christians don’t do that. Christianity calls its believers to forgive people who act like the Ft. Hood Killer.
    Subjectively calling strict adherence to Islam “good” may also be a bit of a stretch. Can’t view murder based on religious intolerance as good in any context.
    What we believe and what we do define us as a people. It is the responsibility of people of all religious and political affiliation to remove the absurd from your dogma. Islam falls to pieces under objective scrutiny and rightly so. It should fall to pieces and its demented components should be discarded forever. Like a bad bank. That is the only way co-existence is possible. Instead I fear Islam will continue to use the force of violence to advance itself warts and all. Stalin did it, Hitler did it and unfortunately Islam is doing it too.
    When violence becomes the necessary vehicle for political or religious expression then it is time for those philosophies to go.
    ***”not ever faith based believer is an extremist and not every extremist is a faith based believer”***
    this is true but if your faith has inherently evil flaws within it like Islam or Nazism do then if you don’t reject the evil aren’t you just as responsible for the acts of people who act in the name of your belief? Just because you don’t throw the suicide bomb switch or shove someone into a mass grave doesn’t make you any less culpable if you quietly cheer the demise of the “enemy”.
    I have read the Koran by the way. Two different translations.
    Thanks for the post.


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