Hasan’s Motives – by Dennis Prager

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One reads and hears with increasing disbelief and anger that we don’t know the motive or motives of Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army major who fired over 100 shots at his fellow American soldiers in order to murder and maim as many as possible. Hasan ended up allegedly murdering 13 people, but government and Army spokesmen and the mainstream media claim they just can’t figure out why he did this. They are, however, certain that it was not an act of terrorism.

Sunday’s New York Times “Week in Review” article about Nidal Hasan was titled “When Soldiers Snap.” The gist of the article was that Maj. Hasan had snapped — even though he had never been in combat. He snapped in advance. Just two sentences in the article were devoted to the possibility that his motives were in any way relatable to his Muslim faith.

As Chris Matthews put it, “it’s unclear if religion was a factor in this shooting.” To Matthews, not only was it unclear if Hasan’s Islamic faith was “the” factor, it was unclear if it was even “a” factor.

Likewise, on NPR, Tom Gjelten offered the novel explanation that Hasan, who has never been in combat, may have suffered from “pre-traumatic stress disorder” because he anticipated having traumatic distress. “Was he an example,” Gjelten seriously asked, “of these soldiers who are literally freaked out by what they are likely to face when they are deployed?”

And on Fox News, Geraldo Rivera, said, “I don’t know what motivates him … as far as I know … he’s a sociopath; he’s a criminal. He could have had a toothache and gone off because of that.”

The deaths and maiming at Fort Hood are heartbreaking and angering. But ultimately far more injurious to America than the act of evil that caused those deaths and injuries is the massive self-deception American society engages in out of fear of being called bigoted, racist or “Islamaphobic.”

Any American who is not prepared to lie to himself has reason to believe that Hasan’s religious views were prominent, if not exclusive, factors for why he slaughtered fellow American soldiers. The motives appear as clear as any could be.

Chuck Medley, Fort Hood’s director of Emergency Services, told Reuters that Hasan yelled “Allahu Akbar” — the Arabic incantation of “Allah is the greatest” yelled by Islamic terrorists before they slaughter people — just before the shooting,

Dr. Val Finnell told The Associated Press that he and other classmates participating in a 2007-2008 master’s program with Hasan at the Uniformed Services University had complained about his comments, including that the war on terror was “a war against Islam.”

Another classmate told the AP that he complained to five officers and two civilian faculty members at the university. He also wrote to Pentagon officials that fear in the military of being seen as politically incorrect prevented an “intellectually honest discussion of Islamic ideology” in the ranks.

Other classmates who participated in a 2007-2008 master’s program at a military college said they, too, had complained to superiors about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s anti-American views, which included his giving a presentation that justified suicide bombing and telling classmates that Islamic law trumped the U.S. Constitution.

And ABC News now reports that Hasan had attempted to contact al-Qaida.

It is a given that the vast majority of American Muslims are loyal Americans. But that’s not the only given.

It is equally a given that a certain percentage of Muslims in and outside of the military are Islamists who want Americans dead and America Muslim.

It does the majority of Muslims no favor to deny the existence of the minority. And Muslim Americans do themselves no favor by denying it. Unfortunately, Muslims are theoretically represented by groups like CAIR whose values are correctly seen by most Americans as suspect.

Americans are worried by the fact that there are Muslim Americans whose beliefs compel them to murder non-Muslim Americans. But what is even more worrisome is that American Muslim groups (and their supporters on the left) deny this.

  • JAA

    We have a muslim in charge of our Military-NOW WHAT DO WE DO?

  • BS77

    See, according to the tenets of Political Correctness it was more important to allow 13 people to be shot to death and dozens more to be wounded than to even suggest “offending” a piece of garbage like Mr. Hasan. We cannot offend CAIR, or limit Muslim immigration; we cannot shut down jihadist mosques or brainwashing schools at “Islamic centers”. We are FOOLS….and we are giving our enemy the means to attack and harm us.

  • Rob_W

    Dennis:

    I too took exception to Tom Gjeltin's remarks on NPR.

    His broadcast actually stated that Nidal Hassan could have been pushed over the edge by treating returning vets who “may have committed war crimes themselves” in Muslim lands.

    I immediately responded on NPR's web site under that story – and exclaimed that NPR had 1: Gone too far and 2: that before the blood had even dried on the victim's bodies that NPR was BLAMING THE US ARMY for this massacre.

    My post was immediately removed from NPR's website for “failing to observe discussion standards”.

    NPR is a disgusting left-wing rag – that dribbles virtue out of the corners of its mouth via taxpayer dollars – and then poo-poohs anyone who dares to disagree.

    NPR can go to hell as far as I am concerned.

    I'm ashamed to be an American.

    RobW

  • Timmy

    It is bad enough that the enemy in the form of this Muslim doctor was “treating” (who knows what sort of head games he was playing with them) soldiers in their most precarious time of need, that is outrageous enough, but it is beyond the pale that some piece of filth garbage would then have the sick detestable nerve to suggest that those honorable soldiers somehow caused distress to this vile creature Hasan.

    Every soldier treated by this person or their family should sue the military for allowing him access to them. Who knows what bizarre head games he played with those he considered the enemy.

  • bushlikesdick12

    Your question reflects your bullsit idealogy regarding who is nuts or dangerous.

    A combat soilder is given a rifle for one reason only and that is to kill the enemy when ordered to do so.

    Anyone of us could be the enemy and that includes you.

    You pompus ass!

  • bushlikesdick12

    Timmy,

    You are grouping Muslims with crips, bloods, skinheads and the likes of them.

    Currently, I'm in a country that borders Muslims countries that happens to have a large percentage of Muslims.

    In this country, there are no gangs to speak of as we know them. The Govt itself has small bands of gangs that extort from the innocent which is not much different than what goes on in the U.S..

    So I often eat in small Muslim restaurants and experience them quite often.

    I am also a native of Los Angeles and have been one of the few white men that have worked on the housing projects in South L.A. such as Nickerson Garders and Jordon Downs as a carpenter/welder.

    Skinheads are also part of my expertise when I use to work for them when they were ripping off FEMA to rebuild many of the homes wrecked from the Northridge earthquake. Northridge is in the west part of L.A. county on the way to Simi Valley where all the white L.A.P.D's go to live.

    Do you remember the Rodney Kings riots? Do you know where the trial for the officers that beat Rodney was? That is right — Simi Valley.

    They held their trial there ( all white jury) for the same reason why Johnny Cochran skillfully moved O.J's trial from Santa Monica (all white jury) to downtown L.A. (mostly black jury).

    So which jury do you fit in when you decide Hasan's fate?

    Is he part of the likes of the bloods and crips in which they give guns to their kids to kill each other over drug turf or maybe they are like the skinheads who just hate Jews and blacks for the sake of hating.

    Or could you read, analyze, and make an honest and objective judgement of Hasan's mental state while considering the incompetence of the military's ability to prevent this sort of act?

    Read this:

    So why didn't officials act on their concerns and seek to remove Hasan from his duties, or at least order him to receive a mental health evaluation? Interviews with these officials suggest that a chain of unrelated events and factors deterred them.
    For one thing, Walter Reed and most medical institutions have a cumbersome and lengthy process for expelling doctors, involving hearings and potential legal battles. As a result, sources say, key decision-makers decided it would be too difficult, if not unfeasible, to put Hasan on probation and possibly expel him from the program.
    Second, some of Hasan's supervisors and instructors had told colleagues that they repeatedly bent over backward to support and encourage him, because they didn't have clear evidence that he was unstable, and they worried they might be “discriminating” against Hasan because of his seemingly extremist Islamic beliefs.
    Third, the officials involved in deliberations this year reportedly were not aware, as some top Walter Reed officials were, that intelligence analysts had been tracking Hasan's e-mails with at least one suspected Islamic extremist since December 2008.
    And finally, Hasan was about to leave Walter Reed and USUHS for good and transfer to Fort Hood, in Texas. Fort Hood has more psychiatrists and other mental specialists than some other Army bases, so officials figured there would be plenty of co-workers who would support Hasan — and monitor him.

  • bushlikesdick12

    Oh yea,

    Harvey Lee Oswald was a Marine. Maybe you would feel a bit safer for the President if he were to visit a secure base with good ol white boys with guns with the name Oswald.

    Let us not forget to feel even more safe when you consider the competence of our govt. of screening out psychotic nut like Hasan

    Doe's this answer your very stupid and arrogant question?

  • jezaher

    America is in this situation now because they were too busy making money
    and enjoying life. They were not paying attention. Now that some folks bring
    the present problems to the attention of these inattentive Americans, they
    just give up, thinking that nothing they can do will work. Boy have they
    been lulled into dreamland. Do they not realize, that if enough people speak
    up and continue to encourage others to do the same, we can beat these
    liberal Nazis? Since when did an American ever back away from a fight? Who ever
    would think that Americans could be so stupid as to be fooled by this
    liberal, Muslim narrator? Well, he didn't fool me. I was shocked when he was
    elected.

    I believe that Hasan probably joined the service to receive a FREE
    EDUCATION. However, once told he would have to go over seas, it was a different
    story. He is a disgrace. I hope he is put to death for what he did. In
    addition, if he was so set against the war and in favor of suicide bombers, has
    anyone ever wondered what type of psyc treatment out soldiers were receiving
    from him. He was in a position where he could do further damage rather
    than helping them. I think under the circumstances somebody should go down
    that avenue and check it out. Remember, they said they would defeat us “from
    within.” This looks like a first step.

    I have always believed that we should close the borders for a period of
    time ….Allowing nobody in. Had we done so, we might not be experiencing
    these problems we are confronted with today. All our resources are being used
    up. What happens when it is all gone? Will they resort to canibalism?

    I have difficulty understanding these American born/Muslim descent people.
    So many have turned against this country that has given them so much
    freedom, etc. It must be something in their culture. Not making excuses by the
    way. Further, allowing Mosques is a major mistake. The are nothing but
    training camps for terrorists.

    That is all I have to say on the subject tonight. I hope this letter gets
    to you.

    J. E. Zaher
    _dockside4@aol.com_ (mailto:dockside4@aol.com)

  • jezaher

    Timmy:
    You are right on track there. If we who really care about America do not start gathering together and raising hell over these issues, we will eventually be destroyed as a nation. We all have seen, how slowly but surely, the leftist in Washington are taking away our rights, provided by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. Our people should remember that the leftists are only allowed to do this because the people remain silent. On election day, I hope everyone remembers how these senators and representatives voted and vote them right out of office. Defeat all the leftist incumbents.

    I will never understand why the people in the Democratic party always seem to follow their leaders BLINDLY, right or wrong. Can they not see the damage those people are doing to our country and our people?

    ON ANOTHER SUBJECT: This war is horrible enough….If the President cannot send enough support for out boys who are already over there and placing their lives in danger every day, then I say IT IS TIME TO BRING THEM HOME! This disgusting policy of his will only increase the number of deaths.
    I wish I could tell you what else is on my mind on this subject, but if I did that Muslim president of ours might just have me arrested. :o( There goes our FREEDOM OF SPEECH!

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