Jihad at Fort Hood – by Robert Spencer


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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, “the motive behind the shootings was not immediately clear, officials said.” The Washington Post 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 (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.

  • susan

    My theory is that the beliefs of hatred, hostility and supremacy are stressful to learn and adopt. The source of his stress was the HATRED he held in his heart for others who were not like him.

    Hasan is the hater.
    Hasan is the bigot.
    Hasan is the ugly supremacist.
    Hasan is the monster, purveyor of pure unadulterated evil.

  • Caravaggio

    A house divided against itself will not stand. The so-called last and the greatest divided the world into two realms, Dar al Islam and Dar al-Harb- The House of Islam and the House of War. It's there in Islamic doctrine. It is Muhammad's curse on the non-believers. Meanwhile, the Islamic invasion of our nation continues. The division increases daily. Islam means submission not peace as its propagandists would like you to believe. Read history.Wake up America before it is too late!

  • randy262

    Carry your guns where ever you go, no matter where, attacks will be coming, protect yourself and your family. These POS Islamic fascists will try to kill you, be viligent we will destroy this enemy and their politically correct followers!

  • johnathomas

    In the 1970s and '80s, we in mainland Britain had to encounter all kinds of Irish terrorist atrocities (eg. bombs on the London subway; I lived there then) side by side with them getting public support from politicians (eg London mayor Ken livingstone), and being given all kinds of “rights” and legitimacy; and we were able to do nothing about it. Sadly, they were mostly financed from the US, and whenever a terrorist escaped there, a judge (“liberal”, no doubt) would deny extradition. It's an evil world.

  • http://twitter.com/crazycatkid crazycatkid

    Read Goldberg's “Liberal Fascism” for a quite different take on use of words such as “Conservative” and “LIberal” (different than your use) and to explore the socialist/progressive bases of ideas like euthanasia. So, perhaps conservatives of today have little in common with those you refer to as conservatives in your comment above. Your terminology could therefore be misleading….

  • eddibebbi

    Absolutely correct.

  • CowboyUp

    The same kind of people that translated intercepts from the Japanese in WW2?

  • Captain America

    Again,… the true color of Islam and it's mindless murderous drones rears it's ugly head,…. needless to say he was not mumbling the sermon on the mount or the ten commandments, while he slayed his american comrades,…. as far as I am concerned if he did not like the military then why did he join,.. give me a break the guy was is and will be a Islamofacist terrorist, and like all these terrorist they take from our western democracy and then turn around and murder and kill,…

    As far as I am concerned F them all,…..

  • antonc

    now that we know that Nidal Hasan will live most likely paralized from waist down i wonder whether he will be entiteled to veteran's benefits and military pension….

  • Ichron1232

    NO TRUE MUSLIM should ever be allowed to enter the United States of America Armed Forces.

    U.S. Officers entering the service must receive a commission from the President of the United States, and U.S. Enlisted personnel volunteer their service.

    Both Armed Forces categories must be duly sworn by oath and sign a binding contractual agreement with the U.S. Government for however many years that they will serve.

    All personnel solemnly swear or affirm to bear true faith and allegiance to our flag and country, and promise to obey all orders of the President of the United States and all other officers appointed over them.

    No true Muslim can bear true faith and allegiance to anyone or anything else other than to Allah, His Prophet Muhammad, and the Holy Qur'an.

    The following is from the Qur'an:

    Surah (9:111)
    Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties; for the price that theirs shall be the Paradise. They fight in Allah's Cause, so they kill (others) and are killed. It is a promise in truth which is binding on Him in the Taurat (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel) and the Qur'an. And who is truer to his covenant than Allah? Then rejoice in the bargain which you have concluded. That is the supreme success.

    True Muslims MUST FIGHT IN ALLAH's CAUSE; KILL OTHERS, AND ARE KILLED.

    That is why Major Nidal Malik Hasan would not agree to deploy to the Middle East and engage other Muslim soldiers in war or combat situation. He couldn't, because the Muslim Brotherhood knows no boundaries; it is a Global Brotherhood.

    You should dig under the cover (of the Qur'an) before you have to take cover!

    It is very unfortunate what has happened at Fort Hood, Texas. But don't think it won't happen anywhere else in our country by other True Muslims who may be members in the U.S. Armed Forces.

  • salubrius

    I claim this comment – Salubrius It was the Times that mysteriously withdrew the comment of Hasan shouting Allahu Akbar. later, the American media picked it up.

  • canineluv

    Linda where do I find your link about the Islamic guys in the street praising the killing? I am not very computer savy, if you could answer me at my email that would help

  • kuffar

    Listen to what Walid Shoebat has been telling us…its “All” true…this was Nadal Hasan's duty as a muslim to do..”kill the people of the book whereever you find them”…its truly a sick sick religion…nothing but hatred taught…the children all throughout the Middle East are brainwashed…made to memorize the Koran word for word…thats all they do…Walid is an amazing speaker and speaks from experience…he was a former PLO terrorist converted to Christianity…Mohammed clearly states in the Hadith…”In the ends of days, many will defect from the faith, kill them when you see them whereever you find them.” “This is the question the West NEEDS to understand….What part of kill don't they (the west) understand? This is not a catagorical kill…its a literal kill”….Thank you VERY much Walid for speaking out against muslim extremists…”There are peaceful and moderate muslims worldwide living in peace with their non-muslim neighbors and have no intention on waging war against us non-believers…BUT there is NO peaceful and moderate Islam.”