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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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