The Bloody Cost of “Diversity”

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We’ve known from the start that there were warning signs of Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s Islamic fanaticism well before the Fort Hood shootings, signs we suspected were ignored due to political correctness.  But the other night, Sean Hannity called attention to a recent Boston Globe report confirming our worst fears.  The report claims that Army officials knew Hasan was a radical, but

“did not act in part because they valued the rare diversity of having a Muslim psychiatrist.”

Examples of Hasan’s radical behavior have previously been disclosed in press accounts based on interviews with unnamed Army officials […] But the Pentagon’s careful documentation of individual episodes dating back to 2005 and the subsequent inaction of his superiors have not been made public before. The Globe was permitted to review the Army’s more complete findings on the condition that it not name supervisory officers who did not act, some of whom are facing possible disciplinary action.

In searching for explanations for why superiors did not move to revoke Hasan’s security clearances or expel him from the Army, the report portrays colleagues and superiors as possibly reluctant to lose one of the Army’s few Muslim mental health specialists. The report concludes that because the Army had attracted only one Muslim psychiatrist in addition to Hasan since 2001, “it is possible some were afraid” of losing such diversity “and thus were willing to overlook Hasan’s deficiencies as an officer.”

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In one classroom incident not previously described by the Army – which parallels another episode around the same time that has received press attention – Hasan gave a presentation in August 2007 titled “Is the War on Terrorism a War on Islam: An Islamic Perspective.” But the presentation was “shut down” by the instructor because Hasan appeared to be defending terrorism. Witnesses told investigators that Hasan became visibly upset as a result. “The students reported his statements to superior officers, who took no action on the basis that Major Hasan’s statements were protected by the First Amendment,” the investigation found. “They did not counsel Hasan and consider administrative action, even though not all protected speech is compatible with continued military service.’’

Words are almost insufficient to convey the contemptible sickness of this situation.  Thirteen American heroes are dead because of certain minds that held “diversity” to be of more worth than human lives.  They wanted someone with the “potential to inform our understanding of Islamic culture and how it relates to the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

The question must then be asked: If you want to be informed, why not do the research yourself?  Study the messages of extreme and moderate Muslims alike.  Consult with experts on the subject from within and without the faith, like Irshad Manji, Brigitte Gabriel, Robert Spencer, and others.  To suggest that these peoples’ only option in learning about Islamic culture was from one unstable soldier with known jihadist tendencies is beyond absurd.  How useful did these people expect Hasan’s lessons to be anyway?

It’s hard to imagine a clearer, more damning indictment of leftist thought than the tragedy that we find at Fort Hood. The current commander-in-chief deserves serious blame for not doing something about this twisted dogma that has infected military officials. But the hard truth is that it didn’t start on his watch.  For years, many people, like Lieutenant Colonel Robert “Buzz” Patterson (keeper of the “nuclear football” during the 1990s) have been sounding the alarm on the sorry state that President Bill Clinton left our armed forces in, and how, in many ways, military effectiveness has taken a backseat to political correctness.  And for all the good President George W. Bush did in the War on Terror, this particular crisis evidently wasn’t on his radar screen.

In the wake of 9/11, President Bush and many of his conservative supporters rightfully said we could not succumb to a pre-9/11 mindset, that we had to wrap our heads around the reality that our nation was at war.  But, nine years later, with a jihadist killing spree on one of our own military bases and the Army’s top man worried not about how it happened but about “a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers,” it seems we have to ask ourselves if we really meant it.

Calvin Freiburger is a political science major at Hillsdale College. He also blogs at the Hillsdale Forum and his personal website, Calvin Freiburger Online.

  • eyes wide open

    Lets see if I'm getting this right …Bush , Chenney , Rove et al , under them a highly repected AMERICAN , a terrorist EXPERT , gets drummed out of his post on the word of a "muslim American " appointee of questionable stripe …..and it's " leftist thought " huh ??
    If it wasn't for the vocabulary , I'd think I was in a classroom with 5th graders .

  • betty boop

    All good points, which make it quite clear that PC dressed in any clothing is still the most dangerous dogma yet to take over the national dialog. Let's wake up and call things what they are. Common sense should have dictated that an officer who was verbally fighting for the enemy should not be drawing a paycheck. Is common sense so uncommon these days? And Eyes Wide Open… who ever claimed Geo. Bush was the paragon of conservative thought?

    • eyes wide open

      My point Bettyboop was no what GW was or wasn't , the point was that this tragedy at Ft.Hood , had NOTHING to do with " leftist thought " and EVERYTHING top do with NO CAHONES on the part of Military Commanders right to nthe TOP .
      And when the proverbial SH-T inevitably hits the fan , it is meaningless , indeed STUPID to claim it was "leftist thought " OR "rightist thought " for that matter .
      That American anti-terrorist official was dismissed during the Bush Administration …and WHY ? Because he spoke the truth about islam , which always upsets muslims , especially the one appointed by that same Administration , in fact so much so, that the guy lost his job . Now that aint left or right , it's cowardice for the sake of political expedience . Also called "pc " and it crosses party lines , as well as ideological .

      • Gene Wiliams

        Eyes wide open:

        I agree with you that Bush allowed the P.C. garbage to flourish while he was POYUS. A previous poster mentioned that Bush is no conservative. Both Bush and his father are primarily globalists. George W. invited CAIR into the White House as legitimate spokesmen for Islam.

        I guess getting along with Muslims in the New World Order that George H.W. mentioned is a priority for "progressives" in either Party. My comments in no way justify the P.C. left. They are as big a threat to America as jihadists because they are inside our borders and in our government.

  • WestWright

    Yeah that Religion of Peace lie is a multi-partison death wish….nobody believed that crap.

  • TonyB

    How many times have we heard that Islam is a religion of PEACE. Try this out as an experiment, go to someone whom you consider a MODERATE Muslim and ask him what he/she thinks about Israel and the Jews. There is nothing MODERATE about Islam and their utter hatred for JEWS, is overwhelms any moderation that might be there. As long as the United States stands by Israel and the Jews we will be a target of Islamic terror. This conflict has been going on since Ishmael and Issac came into existance. Only a person who self deceives themselves refuse to see this TRUTH. It will eventually be played out in a prophetic way and all we can do is hope and pray we are on the winning side (you get to pick the side you want to be on).

    • xman

      Yep, Tony, merely bringing Israel and the US into a conversation is enough to out the so-called moderate Muslims and leftists. It never fails.

  • BS1977

    "A Muslim mental health expert" Isn't that a contradiction in terms?

  • PAthena

    Why is "diversity" considered a virtue? See Peter Wood's DIVERSITY.

  • greg cox

    Just read "diversity" on Front Page. Sadly right on the mark.
    Hillsdale College is the best.

    Grge Cox
    Hillsdale MI

  • eyes wide open

    2 nd quote / 1 st sentence at the top of the thread – ….." dating back to 2005 …" .
    hmmm….2005 ? ….who was the Commander-in-Chief ? That is , who was the TWICE elected CIC ? And the leading culprits of this disgracefull tragedy ? The MILITARY . yea some bunch of "Leftists " huh ?
    And –
    "It’s hard to imagine a clearer, more damning indictment of leftist thought than the tragedy that we find at Fort Hood. The current commander-in-chief deserves serious blame for not doing something about this twisted dogma that has infected military officials. But the hard truth is that it didn’t start on his watch ?
    Leftist thought ?
    Wait ! I got it ! So when the "alleged right " screws up , and hasn't the nerve to stand-up and do what's right ………it's called being infected with leftist thought .And WHO could be more representative of the right than the Military and it's leaders

    • Ben

      Yeah, that's the problem. Even in the military, even when a Republican is president, no one is willing to speak out against political correctness in the military.

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  • lovezion

    Hi Linda Rivera: KUDOS! KUDOS! KUDOS! to you for saying so many truths!!! Indeed ALL of the political bodies are at fault though the liberals/progressives/leftists take the cake! And additionally, the present administration takes even a bigger cake!!!

    There's no question that the entire world is both, murderously hateful of Israel and all Jews AND afraid of being murdered by the muslims whose main hobyh it is to murder those who even whisper a truth about them…So unless a REAL heroe, like Mr. Wilder, of the Netherlands is the only one who'll save us Jews and Israel…As to whether or not the rest of the world will be saved I couldn't care less because THEY are trying so hard to finish Israel and us Jews.

    There's only one hope, at least for one country: if Mr. Wilders, of the Netherlands, wins his case and becomes a president, you bet your life that he, being the wonderful no-nonsense person that he is, will kick them all out of his country, and hopefully, other world's leaders will wake up from their ignoramus, idiotic slumber (or personal gainful corruptions) and follow suit…

  • lovezion

    Oops I forgot to ask everyone whether you think this video is genuine or not please? Here's the link (I hope they allow links here):
    http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=tCAffMSWSzY#

    I'VE BEEN SAYING THAT HE WAS A MUSLIM FROM THE VERY BEGINNING! HOW CAN PEOPLE BE EITHER SO IDIOTIC OR SO LIBERAL-NAIVE THAT DON'T SEE THINGS??? I HOPE I DIE SOON BEFORE HE BRINGS ISLAM TO EVERY SINGLE HOME IN AMERICA…AND THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD TOO!!! THERE'S NOT A SINGLE PLACE IN THE WORLD BY NOW WHERE THEY AREN'T THE MAJORITY (OR A MINORITY ACTING LIKE ONE). HIS ACCOMPLICES ARE ALREADY DOING A DARNED GOOD JOB AT IT. To those who never did naything to dennounce this individual, to talk whenever and whereve they can…I say as a Spanish proverb: "You'll have to suck that candy entirely with its stick and all!" Adela

  • A Bit Profound

    About Political Correctness: Some say Political Correctness is lying out of cowardice. I only wish it were that benign. Political Correctness is Suppression of the Truth for the Purpose of Advancing the Left Wing Agenda. Political Correctness is a form of mind control, meant to control and limit free speech and to undermine public opinion. It intends to reeducate us and our children and to weaken the defenses of a free democracy. It is a well known and well documented Communist subversion tactic & procedure.
    Truth Preserves Freedom Continual Acceptance of Lies Can Only Bring About Tyranny. The truth must come 1st, last and always. Stand for truth. Don't let them get away with it ! Call it what it is DISHONEST BULSHIT ! And a Tactic in the Dismantling of Traditional America. It is Suppression of the Truth for the Purpose of Advancing the Left Wing Agenda.
    We, as a nation, asked for it. We are only begining to pay the price. See this Video. It says it all & I Promise You Will NEVER Forget It. http://www.truthtube.TV/play.php?vid=717 See what our degeneracy & apathy will bring to future generations.