American Elephants

Fort Hood, The United States Army, Political Correctness. by The Elephant's Child


On November 5, 2009, at Fort Hood Texas, Major Nidal Hasan jumped on to a desk and shouting “God is great” in Arabic, started shooting with two handguns and extra clips. He killed 13 of his fellow soldiers, and wounded more than 30 others. He was not a combat trained soldier, but a psychologist. How could one man manage such carnage — on a military base?  Easy, Fort Hood was a “gun-free zone.”

Hasan is a Major, and a Muslim. He has never denied the killings, but freely admitted it. So the administration has labeled the massacre “workplace violence.” Our military has surrendered to political correctness.  They may not be defeated on the battlefield, but their effectiveness as a force will be nibbled away into insignificance as they struggle ever more vigilantly never to offend. The United States Military — our most revered institution.

Major Hasan released a manifesto to Fox News  a few days ago. The self-described Soldier of Allah sent several documents in which he explained himself as a jihadist, which he wrote while incarcerated. “American democracy places the sovereignty of man over the sovereignty of All-Mighty God. In American democracy “we the people” decide what is right or wrong, even if it goes against what All-Mighty God commands.”

I, Nidal Malik Hasan, am compelled to renounce any oaths of allegiances that require me to support/defend any man-made constitution (like the Constitution of the United States) over the commandments mandated in Islam (Quran and Sunnah). … I therefore formally renounce my oath of office as well as any other implicit or explicit oaths I have made in the past that associate partners with All-Mighty God [sic]. This includes my oath of U.S. citizenship.

He is annoyed that his act of jihad has not achieved the proper context. He wants to convince us that he is a faithful student of the Quran and is obeying God’s law. The fact that this Muslim jihadist was employed by the U.S. Military to provide psychological counseling to servicemen is so illogical to indicate severe dysfunction within the armed forces. There were plentiful signs that Major Hasan was becoming a close student and disciple of Anwar al Awaliki, since departed by drone in Yemen. Over and over clear indications that all was not well with this officer were overlooked, dismissed, ignored, apparently for fear of being accused of career-damaging Islamophobia — itself a clear indication that political correctness has developed deep roots.

Why has it taken 4 years? What has transpired in such a long period. Hasan grew a beard in obedience to Islamic law and against military rules? He was forced to shave, and the officer who forced him to shave was dismissed from the court. He has been collecting his $278,000 pay since the shooting. Has he been allowed to contribute that to Islamic ‘charities?’  Who knows. His only expression of regret was an acknowledgement that he was among “imperfect Muslims trying to establish the perfect religion.”

“I apologize for any mistakes I made in this endeavor,” said Hasan.

He has asked to be executed, but the military does not allow such a plea. And the military has not executed any prisoner in nearly a century. Execution probably sounds better with the promise of all those virgins than a life as a paraplegic in a wheelchair.

I am far more concerned about what this whole mess says about the state of the United States Army, and about the Obama administration. The “workplace violence” designation is simply embarrassing, deprives those severely injured personnel of the benefits that any other military members injured in the line of duty would receive, which has placed a number of them in dire financial straits. I simply cannot imagine what blame the administration thought to escape from this ploy. It is a disgrace.

ADDENDUM: Investors reports today that the Defense Department is slapping the survivors of the Fort Hood massacre with gag orders. They are telling family members not to talk to the press following testimony in the trial of Nidal Hasan. They are forbidden from discussing, among other things, their denial of benefits as a result of the Obama administration’s designation of the slaughter as a case of “workplace violence.”

The “workplace violence” designation has cost Sgt. Shawn Manning, who was shot six times by Hasan, around $70,000 in benefits. Because the Army decided that their wounds were not “combat related,” a number of benefits have been denied. The designation has even resulted in victims receiving smaller salaries than they would otherwise received.

The Army has said that if Fort Hood was called an act of terror and not “workplace violence,” it would have prejudiced potential jurors and denied Hasan a fair trial. Um— Nidal Hasan has proudly said that he did it, renounced his military oath and rank, and renounced his citizenship. The entire attack could have been avoided if clear warnings were heeded.

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