It’s Not Workplace Violence, It’s Islam

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This week, the Obama Administration made an announcement regarding the attack on Fort Hood in 2009.  In that incident, you’ll recall, gentle Muslim psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan – who had apparently been taking Islamic training from gentle Muslim terrorist preacher Anwar al-Awlaki – picked up a handgun and proceeded to murder 12 soldiers (one pregnant) and one Army civilian employee; another 29 were injured.  None of the soldiers were armed.  Finally, a civilian police sergeant put Hasan down with five shots, paralyzing the gentle Muslim from the chest down.

Two years later, President Obama’s Defense Department called this incident “workplace violence.”  You know, like when you punch a guy at the water cooler for sleeping with your wife. Except you’re a Muslim and there are forty co-workers, none of whom have slept with your wife, and you’re trying to shoot them to death while shouting “Allahu Akhbar!”

There is a legitimate debate to be had regarding the terminology we use to describe Muslim terrorists.  Are they Muslims or are they Islamists?  Are they radical Muslims, or are they just normal Muslims?  Robert Spencer and Andrew McCarthy have had this debate for several weeks, most prominently at the Freedom Center Restoration Weekend.  I come down on the side that says we have no business making a distinction between Muslims and so-called Islamists, since Muslims make no such distinction themselves.  Osama Bin Laden knows more about Islam than I do.  I’ll take his word for it.

But regardless of where you come down on the question of Muslim semantics, there is no doubt that Islam must come into play when we discuss the threat of terrorism.  Labeling Fort Hood “workplace violence” is like labeling September 11 a “building collapse.”  It’s not just misleading, it’s sick.

What would drive the Obama Administration to place this absurd Orwellian label on a Muslim terrorist attack?  There are two rationales: fear and hope.

First, fear.  The Defense Department is deathly afraid of funding cuts – and with good reason, since it is clear that Democrats are far less interested in cutting Granny’s Medicare than in cutting missile defense (a position that no doubt has Vladimir Putin grinning in his sleep).  So the military must please the left.  They’ve done that by turning the military into a social experimentation center where male sexuality is injected into barracks.  Now they’re doing it by upholding the diversity meme.  As General George Casey, the army’s top officer, said in the aftermath of the Fort Hood massacre, “Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength.  And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”

Now, I’m fairly certain that the murder of pregnant women is worse than people accurately labeling Nidal Hasan a Muslim terrorist.  And I’m fairly certain that General Casey knows that.  But General Casey also knows where his bread is buttered, and so does the entire Defense Department.

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  • John_Kelly

    This despicable act of submission by the Obama Administration is the greatest act of cowardice to come out of the White House.

    There is not a word in the English language that aptly describes the contemptible, spineless behavior of this President.

    This coward has the "AUDACITY" to wear the title Commander in Chief while he betrays every man and woman in uniform.

    • aspacia

      What else can we expect from our Apologizer and Chief.

    • Toa

      As time goes on, I think more and more that it is sympathy- as well as cowardice- displayed by our "Liberal Superiors" toward Hasan and his kind.

  • Bamaguje

    If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is a duck.
    Muslims are violent, their scripture (Quran, Hadith) incite violence and their founder forcefully established his pseudo-religion by violence; yet the politically correct lamestream media and clueless politicians would have us believe Islam is "religion of peace."

    This idiotic willfull blindness has resulted in the absurdity of erroneously designating a Jihad attack by an Allah-Akbar shouting Muslim – "workplace violence."

  • John_Kelly

    Ahhhhhhhh the profound wisdom of Emperor Obama to enlighten the lowly peasants that "Fort Hood was not a terrorism event……but workplace violence!"

    Wow such wisdom has never been seen in the land.

    Now let's get real…………………..Is the President using crack cocaine?

    Will the Emperor next decide that 9/11 was simply a series of airline accidents?

    • Toa

      Well, hey, Senator Barbara "Ma'am" Boxer declared that the Madrid Train Bombing was a "railway accident"…I mean, is that wise, or WHAT??????

      And these people call themselves "leaders"….

  • John_Kelly

    Move over Benedict Arnold. Obama just took your title as the greatest traitor in American history.

    • kafir

      That Stinky (BO) is really something, isn't He? It took him less than 3 years to become the number one worst president in the USA, handily beating out the current second worst president and appeaser, Jimmy (the terrorist's pal) Carter.
      In 405 days and a handful of hours, we'll begin to put this national nightmare behind us when Stinky, the girls, bo (the pooch), and the Mrs are removed from the White House.

  • John_Kelly

    President Obama (PBUH) has shown America that he has the courage of Barney Fife, the patriotism of Benedict Arnold and the sincerity of Judas Iscariot.

    Wake up America. Other than a flashy well rehearsed fake smile and a teleprompter, this guy has NOTHING.

    • Rifleman

      You're being grossly unfair to Barney Fife, he'd eventually work up the courage to face the gang of crooks down with one bullet in his pistol. Hussein would never take such a personal risk.

      • John_Kelly

        Rifleman you are correct and as an old Barney Fife fan I should not have mentioned Barney in the same breath as Obama.

        I stand corrected.

    • wsk

      I think Alec Baldwin would be a better example.

      • John_Kelly

        I agree wsk …… You nailed it.

  • kafirman

    Indeed, what is the meaning of the phrase "to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic" if those making this oath are unwilling to consider whether or not a certain ideology seeks to put those of us who "[do not] hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger" under subjugation "until they pay the Jizya [tax] with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued" (Koran 9:29, Yusef Ali translation)? http://www.americanthinker.com/2010/12/multicultu

    • pagegl

      I would hazard a guess that the founders would consider failure to fulfill one's oath to uphold and protect the Constitution to be in the class of high crimes and misdemeanors.

  • Brujo Blanco

    This not so veiled attempt by the administration to look away from the religious aspects of this murder are being tolerated by the MSM. If this was a nutty Christian the left would have been calling for draconian measures to protect people feomthe dangerous right wing Christians and we would never hear the end of it.

    • awake & aware

      it doesnt even have to be an actual right wing or Christian for them to do it. Remember Gabby Giffords? Diane Sawyer still tried bring Sarah Palin into that one last month.

  • StephenD

    You gotta wonder if Obama has been promised something bigger and better…after America. After all, there is no Fatwa on him even though he grew up Muslim…and now calls himself a Christian. Why is that? Could it be he is practicing Ta'quia? It doesn't matter really. Everything he does is EXACTLY what a Socialistic, Anti-American Islamist would do.
    It just saddens me that such military heavyweights would give in to pressure from the W.H.
    You know if enough of them got together they could openly refute this Administration and show America that they realize the emperor has no clothes.

  • KarshiKhanabad

    I don't disagree with any of the comments posted here, and will just add that IMO the unconscionable delay in bringing NMH to trial is the Army chain of command dragging its heels (delays by the defense could have been checkmated much sooner) fearful that the real can of worms will be opened after NMH is convicted and the family members start filing civil lawsuits and members of the chain are held liable for not stopping NMH sooner.

    But….. is there something dated about this article? The writer assumes that Osama bin laden is still alive and that Gen. Casey is still Army chief of staff. Just sayin'.

  • jacob

    May I ask all the legion of morons who voted for this Muslim born they catapulted
    into the White House, whether can anyone expect a different conduct from him ???

    Just watch his actions:
    Having the media call TERRORISTS just "insurgents" or "freedom fighters"
    Ordering his AG to judge terrorists in civil criminal courts
    Claiming we have a "debt" with Muslims for our independence (sic)
    Apologizing to the Muslim world for American "misdeeds"
    Genuflexing to the Keeper of the Faith, the Saudi King
    Despising the Israeli Prime Minister
    Forcing Israel to commit suicide
    Backing the Arab Spring which is turning rather into a Winter.
    And last but not least, having the chrome plated brass balls to call the cold blooded
    massacre of 12 soldiers (a pregnant woman among them) and a civilian, perpetrated
    by a Muslim military physician, a "WORKPLACE HAPPENING" just because he is a Muslim, is in my book, the last spit in the face to the American people….

    By GOD, if he waddles like a duck, quacks like a duct, what is it ???
    A GIRAFFE ???????

  • Lou

    Other than the reasons listed in the article, the classification of "workplace violence" adds the Maobama's Administration to further their gun control agenda (read disarm the American citizen).

  • ebonystone

    On the matter of terminology, of Moslem vs. Islamist, or "radical" vs. "everyday" Moslems: I think a useful analogy is that of malaria victims. Malaria victims are never cured of their affliction; after the initial infection, the disease goes into a dormant or latent phase which may last for years, with the victim suffering none of its ills. But at any time the disease can flare up into an active phase, with all the attendant fever, chills, and other symptoms. Moslems are like that; most of them spend most of their lives in the latent state; but under the right circumstances, any of them can flare up into jihadists, bombers, or gunmen. The best way to protect ourselves from this contagion is to quarantine it — prohibit further Moslem immigration, and use available laws to suppress Moslem organizations.

    • awake & aware

      Sudden Jihad Syndrome see Malkin, she has along list in which this was a defense

  • Rifleman

    Add to this nonsense a review of the hussein administration's nutty threat assessments, and the groups they don't mind associating with the word "terrorist," and one has a good campaign commercial for next year. Quoting leftists in their own words, in context, is about the dirtiest trick one could play on them.

  • AntiSharia

    Workplace violence, and I bet 9-11 was pilot error.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    First of all, I hardly believe that Nidal Hasan was taking Islamic lessons from Anwar al-Awlaki, maybe getting emotional support and reinforcement, but in any event Nidal Hasan was an expert on the texts and tenets of Islam in his own right, and didn't need Anwar al-Awlaki except maybe for moral support.

    There is a legitimate debate to be had regarding the terminology we use to describe Muslim terrorists.

    What about putting your money where your mouth is, Mr. Hypocrite writer? There is no such thing as Muslim terrorists. As terrorism in the Islamic world is a capital offense because it is un-Islamic and therefore blasphemous since it is a Western manifestation only. Indeed, terrorism, which can be for any number of political causes, as its name implies is always only violent and is a product of Western civilization only. While jihad, on the other hand, which is holy fighting in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme, in stark contrast to terrorism can be both violent and non-violent and is a product of Islamic civilization only in stark contrast to terrorism.

    Indeed, the Western bad habit of always conflating and morally equating jihad with terrorism, per the dictates of PC multiculturalism, is one of the primary reasons we are losing the war against Islam today.

    Are they Muslims or are they Islamists? Are they radical Muslims, or are they just normal Muslims?

    The existence of so-called moderate Muslims, extremist Muslims, radical Muslims, and Islamist Muslims, just like the existence of peaceful Islam, moderate Islam, radical Islam, and extremist Islam, are all false PC multicultural myths. The truth is there is only MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS and only MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX ISLAM.

    As a matter of fact, ALL MAINSTREAM ORTHODOX MUSLIMS ON EARTH are jihadists. No exceptions! A few of them are violent jihadists, while the vast overwhelming majority of them are non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists, and the few of them that are not jihadists are not Muslims at all, but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of Islam must be executed.

    Which brings us back to why conflating and morally equating jihad with terrorism is so damaging, since terrorism, which can be for any number of political causes and in stark contrast to jihad is always only violent, jihad, on the other hand, can be both violent and non-violent. Thus, this mistake in perception caused by PC multiculturalism enables the many varieties of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad being employed against the West by the Islamic world to occur completely under the radar totally unopposed, undetected, and unacknowledged. Not to mention that non-violent jihad relative to violent jihad is employed astronomically far more prevalently than violent jihad.

    In fact, mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme is one of the most prevalent forms of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad being employed by the Islamic world against the West today. As Muslims never ever migrate to the West or anywhere else for that matter to assimilate and integrate, but instead to eventually subjugate and dominate via the eventual imposition of Sharia for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme.

    Indeed, not only is the aforementioned variety of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad taking place today completely under the radar totally undetected, unopposed, and unacknowledged, but here in the USA, for instance, we spend hundreds of billions of dollars annually funding stuff like the very intrusive Patriot Act, the immense and useless Department of Homeland Security, the incredibly invasive TSA, and the gargantuan and totally incompetent National Intelligence Directorate so we can continue accommodating mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage, which is really non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme. Not to mention also, can anyone point to another immigrant group migrating to the USA that cost nearly so much money just to accommodate?

    Nevertheless, today we are on the brink of bankruptcy contemplating massive budget cuts, massive tax increases, and implementing severe draconian cuts to our military just so we can continue accommodating mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage. Indeed, where are all the Republican and Dhimmicrat voices in Congress calling for outlawing Islam and banning and reversing mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage so that we can get our financial house back in order via rolling back the aforementioned federal boondoggles? Unfortunately, they are absent, exposing at the same time that the Republican Party and the Dhimmicrat Party are really two sides of the same leftwing coin, and never mind the fact that the Left is totally in bed with Islam.

    With respect to Andrew McCarthy's nonsense, those Muslims that were helping him during the Blind Sheikh trial as long as no one found out about it, were not so-called moderate Muslims or any other kind of Muslims at all, but instead blasphemous apostates that per the dictates of Islam must be executed, which is why they didn't want anyone finding out about it. Damn…how narrow-minded can Andrew McCarthy be?

    –continued below

    • Almarri

      They are all the same MAD, MAD, MAD!!

  • ObamaYoMoma

    But regardless of where you come down on the question of Muslim semantics, there is no doubt that Islam must come into play when we discuss the threat of terrorism. Labeling Fort Hood “workplace violence” is like labeling September 11 a “building collapse.” It’s not just misleading, it’s sick.

    No, you are wrong. The Fort Hood massacre is an example of a violent jihad attack, which in stark contrast to terrorism can be both violent and non-violent. In addition, the purpose of Nidal Hasan's jihad attack was also in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme.

    What would drive the Obama Administration to place this absurd Orwellian label on a Muslim terrorist attack?

    What is driving it is PC multiculturalism and diversity. As the federal government has been hijacked and co-opted by the Left and as a consequence is no longer a merit based organization, but instead an organization that is obsessed with diversity instead. Thus, since our federal government is no longer merit based, the best and brightest flee as fast as possible. Meanwhile, delusional leftists that are obsessed with PC multiculturalism and diversity are eager to stay because promotions and recognition are based on diversity instead of merit. Therefore, when it comes to protecting and defending our country today, our federal government, including our State Department, the Pentagon, and all of our intelligence agencies together couldn't be more incompetent.

    As General George Casey​, the army’s top officer, said in the aftermath of the Fort Hood massacre, “Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”

    There you go! Indeed, the only solution is to completely clean house and replace the Generals with Generals that haven't been rendered into unhinged leftwing moobats obsessed with diversity.

    Now, I’m fairly certain that the murder of pregnant women is worse than people accurately labeling Nidal Hasan a Muslim terrorist.

    Anyone labeling Nidal Hasan a Muslim terrorist is as blinded by PC multiculturalism as the writer! Nidal Hasan was a violent jihadist.

    Protecting Muslims from the Taliban? Western imperialism.

    Nah…more like Western insanity!

    Saving Kuwait from Saddam Hussein? Western imperialism.

    Nah….more Western insanity.

    Although hindsight is 20/20, had the US government back then not been so blinded by PC multiculturalism, it would have sided with Saddam instead when he invaded and illegally occupied Kuwait, and encouraged Saddam at the same time instead to go on further to illegally occupy the Saudis and the Gulf State Emirs and at the same time delivered the stealth global jihad a very severe blow and setback.

    In fact, the Saudis and the Gulf State Emirs are the biggest proponents of non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad in the world. Which is why AQ, the biggest proponents of violent jihad in the world, have been waging a violent jihad against them for many years now. Although both factions, the non-violent jihadists and violent jihadists, totally agree on the same exact goal to make Islam supreme, they nonetheless violently disagree on the strategies and tactics to be employed to achieve that goal.

    It's also the reason why on a very limited basis the Saudis and Gulf State Emirs will cooperate with us from time to time to thwart violent jihad attacks. Or more likely to get us to do their bidding for them when it is convenient. As non-violent stealth and deceptive jihadists see violent jihad as being very counterproductive because it attracts unwanted scrutiny, attention, and focus on Islam.

  • Jaladhi

    The title says it all- it's Islam , stupid!!!

  • PAthena

    President Barack Hussein Obama is, at best, an apologist for Mohammedanism, and, at worst, is a Mohammendan himself.

  • Robert

    An interesting point is that as Nidal hasn't been tried yet, he should still be collecting his O-4 pay. Two years worth. Over $120,000 so far. Is allowed access to those funds?

  • bearone7777

    Hello,
    Thank you Mr. Shapiro for this wonderful article. But one thing is very clear to whomever decided to classify this as work-place violence, WELL THEY JUST DO NOT LIVE IN THE REAL WORLD, AND THEY DO NOT UNDERSTAND WHAT TERRORISM IS ALL ABOUT. EXCUSE ME–"THIS JUST IN" —–There seems to be a correction that needs to be made, I was just handed a paper that states, and I quote "THE PRESIDENT of the United States of America" has deemed this tragic accident at Ft. Hood Texas earlier this yr. nothing more than "WORK PLACE VIOLENCE". You have got to be kidding. What a low life no class, "IDIOT". I knew he was STUPID, I just did not know by how much, and now I know.

  • mrbean

    Come now, wjere is your compassion. The major was going through his mid-life crises and suffered from Pre-Traumatic Stress Syndrome. He needs anger management and couseling so he can realize he is a worthy officer and gentleman. Nahhhhh… at dawn, stand him up against a wall, blindfold him, and ready aim and fire, it is cheaper.

  • Ganwija

    We must resist the language of the enemy "Muslim" "Palestinian" "Occupation" etc.
    They are Mohammedans, followers of Mohammed (Piss be upon him) and the allahmonster (Poop be upon him). That is the truth.

  • Almarri

    How did the policeman not kill this lunatic? Why didnt he put the four bullets in his head? Now I suppose he will locked up for life and paid for by the American tax payer!

  • Uziel

    Allah Snackbar. White-wash the truth all you want, Mr. Obama. You can't feed us llama dung and tell us it's filet mignon. Good grief, does anyone have a BACKBONE in this administration (or a clue, for that matter)? P.C. WILL BE the death of this country….where's 2012??

  • Dave

    It's time to face facts: Obama is a traitor to America. But what did you expect? Barack Hussein Obama?? Doesn't that say enough? I hope that after November, he will be taken into custody and charged with treason. The penalty will apptly fit the crime.

  • Dave

    All of us must understand: Obama and the democrats are not like you and me. They think they are the smartest people on the planet and they think they can lie continually and get away with it. Wake up America, see them for who they really are. Liars, decievers, murderers. Sounds like a biblical character I know…..