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Jihad at Fort Hood – by Robert Spencer

Posted By Robert Spencer On November 6, 2009 @ 2:23 am In FrontPage


Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army psychiatrist, murdered twelve people
and wounded twenty-one inside Fort Hood in Texas yesterday, while,
according to eyewitnesses, “shouting something in Arabic while he was
shooting.” Investigators are scratching their heads and expressing
puzzlement about why he did it. According to NPR [1], “the motive behind
the shootings was not immediately clear, officials said.” The Washington
Post [2] agreed: “The motive remains unclear, although some sources
reported the suspect is opposed to U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq
and upset about an imminent deployment.” The Huffington Post spun faster,
asserting that “there is no concrete reporting as to whether Nidal Malik
Hasan was in fact a Muslim or an Arab.”

Yet there was, and what’s more, Major Hasan’s motive was perfectly clear ­
but it was one that the forces of political correctness and the Islamic
advocacy groups in the United States have been working for years to
obscure. So it is that now that another major jihad terror attack has taken
place on American soil, authorities and the mainstream media are at a loss
to explain why it happened – and the abundant evidence that it was a jihad
attack is ignored.

Nidal Malik Hasan was born in Virginia but didn’t think of himself as an
American: on a form he filled out at the Muslim Community Center in Silver
Spring, Maryland, he gave his nationality not as “American” but as
“Palestinian.” A mosque official found that curious, saying: “I don’t know
why he listed Palestinian. He was not born in Palestine.”

Center. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and has a doctorate in psychiatry
from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. While there,
NPR reports, Hasan was “put on probation early in his postgraduate work”
and was “disciplined for proselytizing about his Muslim faith with patients
and colleagues.”

He was a staff psychiatrist at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for six
years before transferring to Fort Hood earlier this year. While at Walter
Reed, he was a “very devout” member of and daily visitor to the Muslim
Community Center in Silver Spring. Faizul Khan, a former imam at the
Center, expressed puzzlement over Hasan’s murders: “To know something like
this happened, I don’t know what got into his mind. There was nothing
extremist in his questions. He never showed any frustration….He never
showed any remorse or wish for vengeance on anybody.”

So he identified himself as Palestinian and was a devout Muslim – so what?
These things, of course, have no significance if one assumes that Islam is
a Religion of Peace and that when a devout Muslim reads the Koran’s many
injunctions to wage war against unbelievers, he knows that they have no
force or applicability for today’s world. Unfortunately, all too many
Muslims around the world demonstrate in both their words and their deeds
that they take such injunctions quite seriously. And Nidal Hasan gave some
indications that he may have been among them.

On May 20, 2009, a man giving his name as “NidalHasan” posted this defense
of suicide bombing [3] (all spelling and grammar as it is in the original):


There was a grenade thrown amongs a group of American soldiers. One of the
soldiers, feeling that it was to late for everyone to flee jumped on the
grave with the intention of saving his comrades. Indeed he saved them. He
inentionally took his life (suicide) for a noble cause i.e. saving the
lives of his soldier. To say that this soldier committed suicide is
inappropriate. Its more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that
sacrificed his life for a more noble cause. Scholars have paralled this to
suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help
save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers. If one suicide bomber can kill 100
enemy soldiers because they were caught off guard that would be considered
a strategic victory. Their intention is not to die because of some despair.
The same can be said for the Kamikazees in Japan. They died (via crashing
their planes into ships) to kill the enemies for the homeland. You can call
them crazy i you want but their act was not one of suicide that is despised
by Islam. So the scholars main point is that “IT SEEMS AS THOUGH YOUR
INTENTION IS THE MAIN ISSUE” and Allah (SWT) knows best.


Of course, it may not be the same Nidal Hasan. But there is more. One of
his former colleagues, Col. Terry Lee, recalled Hasan saying statements to
the effect of “Muslims have the right to rise up against the U.S.
military”; “Muslims have a right to stand up against the aggressors”; and
even speaking favorably about people who “strap bombs on themselves and go
into Times Square.”

Maybe he just snapped, perhaps under the pressure of his imminent
deployment to Iraq. But it’s noteworthy that if he did, he snapped in
exactly the same way that several other Muslims in the U.S. military have
snapped in the past. In April 2005, a Muslim serving in the U.S. Army,
Hasan Akbar, was convicted of murder for killing two American soldiers and
wounding fourteen in a grenade attack in Kuwait. AP reported: “Prosecutors
say Akbar told investigators he launched the attack because he was
concerned U.S. troops would kill fellow Muslims in Iraq. They said he
coolly carried out the attack to achieve ‘maximum carnage’ on his comrades
in the 101st Airborne Division.”

And Hasan’s murderous rampage resembles one that five Muslim men in New
Jersey tried to carry out at Fort Dix in New Jersey in 2007, when they
plotted to enter the U.S. Army base and murder as many soldiers as they
could.

That was a jihad plot. One of the plotters, Serdar Tatar, told an FBI
informant late in 2006: “I’m gonna do it….It doesn’t matter to me, whether
I get locked up, arrested, or get taken away, it doesn’t matter. Or I die,
doesn’t matter, I’m doing it in the name of Allah.” Another plotter,
Mohamad Shnewer, was caught on tape saying, “They are the ones, we are
going to put bullets in their heads, Allah willing.”

Nidal Hasan’s statements about Muslims rising up against the U.S. military
aren’t too far from that, albeit less graphic. The effect of ignoring or
downplaying the role that Islamic beliefs and assumptions may have played
in his murders only ensures that – once again – nothing will be done to
prevent the eventual advent of the next Nidal Hasan.
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