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Sudden Jihad or Inordinate Stress at Ft. Hood? – by Daniel Pipes
Posted By Daniel Pipes On November 9, 2009 @ 12:15 am In FrontPage | 23 Comments
When a Muslim in the West for no apparent reason violently attacks non-Muslims, a predictable argument ensues about motives.
The establishment – law enforcement, politicians, the media, and the academy – stands on one side of this debate, insisting that some kind of oppression caused Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, 39, to kill 13 and wound 38 at Ft. Hood on Nov. 5. It disagrees on the specifics, however, presenting Hasan as the victim alternatively of “racism ,” “harassment  he had received as a Muslim,” a sense of not belonging ,” “pre-traumatic stress disorder ,” “mental problems ,” “emotional problems ,” “an inordinate amount of stress,” or being deployed to Afghanistan as his “worst nightmare .” Accordingly, a typical newspaper headline  reads “Mindset of Rogue Major a Mystery.”.
Instances of Muslim-on-unbeliever violence inspire the victim school to dig up new and imaginative excuses. Colorful examples (drawing on my article  and weblog entry  about denying Islamist terrorism) include:
Sgt. Hasan Karim Akbar, convicted of the 2003 murder of two fellow soldiers.
Additionally, when an Osama bin Laden-admiring Arab-American crashed his plane into a Tampa high-rise , blame fell on the acne drug Accutane.
As a charter member of the jihad school of interpretation, I reject these explanations as weak, obfuscatory, and apologetic. The jihadi school, still in the minority, perceives Hasan’s attack as one of many Muslim efforts to vanquish infidels and impose Islamic law. We recall a prior episode of sudden jihad syndrome  in the U.S. military, as well as the numerous cases of non-lethal Pentagon jihadis  and the history of Muslim violence on American soil .
We are not mystified by Hasan but see overwhelming evidence of his jihadi intentions. He handed out Korans  to neighbors just before going on his rampage and yelled “Allahu Akbar ,” the jihadi’s cry, as he fired off over 100 rounds from two pistols. His superiors reportedly put him on probation  for inappropriately proselytizing about Islam.
We note what former associates say about him: one, Val Finnell , quotes Hasan saying, “I’m a Muslim first and an American second” and recalls Hasan justifying suicide terrorism ; another, Col Terry Lee , recalls that Hasan “claimed Muslims had the right to rise up and attack Americans”; the third, a psychiatrist  who worked very closely with Hasan, described him as “almost belligerent about being Muslim.”
Finally, the jihad school of thought attributes importance to the Islamic authorities’ urging American Muslim soldiers to refuse to fight their co-religionists, thereby providing a basis for sudden jihad. In 2001, for example, responding to the U.S. attack on the Taliban, the mufti of Egypt, Ali Gum’a , issued a fatwa stating that “The Muslim soldier in the American army must refrain [from participating] in this war.” Hasan himself, echoing that message, advised a young Muslim disciple, Duane Reasoner Jr. , not to join the U.S. army because “Muslims shouldn’t kill Muslims.”
If the jihad explanation is overwhelmingly more persuasive than the victim one, it’s also far more awkward to articulate. Everyone finds blaming road rage, Accutane, or an arranged marriage easier than discussing Islamic doctrines. And so, a prediction: what Ralph Peters  calls the army’s “unforgivable political correctness” will officially ascribe Hasan’s assault to his victimization and will leave jihad unmentioned.
And thus will the army blind itself and not prepare for its next jihadi attack.
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URLs in this post:
 racism: http://edition.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/11/06/fort.hood.suspect.muslim/index.html
 harassment: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/06/us/06suspect.html
 not belonging: http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2009/11/fort_hood_shooter_attacked_muslims_too.html
 pre-traumatic stress disorder: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120162816
 mental problems: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-fort-hood-hasan7-2009nov07,0,3477020,print.story
 emotional problems: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/08/us/08investigate.html?_r=3&sudsredirect=true&pagewanted=print
 worst nightmare: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2009/11/06/2009-11-06_why_did_fort_hood_killer_snap.html
 headline: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/mindset-of-rogue-major-a-mystery/story-e6frg6so-1225795172816
 article: http://www.danielpipes.org/2396/denying-islamist-terrorism
 weblog entry: http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2005/02/more-incidents-of-denying-islamist-terrorism
 Meir Kahane: http://www.nytimes.com/1990/11/09/nyregion/police-say-kahane-suspect-took-anti-depression-drugs.html
 Brooklyn Bridge: http://www.meforum.org/77/murder-on-the-brooklyn-bridge
 Empire State Building: http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2007/02/explaining-the-murder-rampage-atop-the
 LAX: http://www.honestreporting.com/articles/critiques/Terror_in_LA$.asp
 Beltway snipers: http://www.danielpipes.org/493/the-snipers-crazy-or-jihadis
 Hasan Karim Akbar: http://www.danielpipes.org/1042/hasan-akbar-and-murder-in-the-101st-airborne
 Sebastian Sellam: http://220.127.116.11/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=15223
 explosion in Brescia, Italy: http://www.jihadwatch.org/2004/03/italy-mcdonalds-jihad-foiled.html
 retirement center: http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A64176-2005Jan10?language=printer
 Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle: http://google.com/search?q=cache:voqer71Lt1cJ:articles.latimes.com/2006/jul/30/nation/na-shootings30+%22Some+speculated+he+might+have+sought+to+cloak+an+animus+toward+women+%22&cd=3&hl=en&ct=clnk
 SUV in northern California: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/08/30/MNGVQKRSQC1.DTL
 Tampa high-rise: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1001641,00.html
 sudden jihad syndrome: http://www.danielpipes.org/blog/2008/01/sudden-jihad-syndrome-its-now-official
 Pentagon jihadis: http://www.danielpipes.org/1259/pentagon-jihadis
 Muslim violence on American soil: http://www.thereligionofpeace.com/Pages/AmericanAttacks.htm
 Allahu Akbar: http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/army-suspect-said-allahu-187797.html
 put him on probation: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=120138496
 suicide terrorism: http://www2.wjbf.com/jbf/ap_exchange/national_news/article/SomeSawWarningSignsAheadOfUsArmyShootingUs/37485/
 Terry Lee: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/6511591/Fort-Hood-shooting-Nidal-Malik-Hasan-said-Muslims-should-rise-up.html
 Ali Gum’a: http://www.memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Area=sd&ID=SP58003
 Duane Reasoner Jr.: http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-fort-hood-hasan7-2009nov07,0,4710653.story
 Ralph Peters: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/opinion/opedcolumnists/fort_hood_xjP9yGrJN7gl7zdsJ31vnJ
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