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Finally, in November 2011 Jose Pimentel was arrested and charged with plotting to build and detonate bombs in New York City in order to kill US servicemen returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan, in particular Marines and Army personnel.
Now, the revelation of the FBI’s investigation of the Islamist threat comes as a report on Muslim radicalization by the House Homeland Security Committee has found the danger posed to US military communities both grave and growing, one that has a “potentially devastating development” for the security of troops and their families.
Unfortunately, the House report also noted that the response to this Islamist threat had been undermined by “political correctness” within the United States toward Islam, an attitude which it states has “prevented many from sufficiently acknowledging and tackling this dangerous problem.”
Not surprisingly, one of those unable to adequately grasp the lethal problem posed by these budding jihadists is the Obama administration, which has openly refused to even use the term “Islamic extremists” lest it offend the sensibilities of the broader Muslim world.
That viewpoint was most egregiously on display in the case of Major Nidal Hasan, when the Defense Department officially declared the former Army psychiatrist’s murderous spree was not terror-related but rather a simple case of “workplace violence.”
That pronouncement came despite the fact Hasan was shouting “Allahu Akhbar” as he killed his victims; possessed private business cards that identified him as a “Soldier of Allah, Glory to God”; and professed drawing inspiration for his barbarous actions from Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical US-born cleric and operational leader al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Yet, even though some Army officials at Fort Hood had raised concerns about Hasan’s behavior, even referring to him as “a ticking time bomb,” the Army’s institutional fear of being subject to accusations of racial profiling led them to ignore the problem.
That Pentagon fealty to PC dogma was disturbingly expressed in the days shortly after the Fort Hood shooting when General George Casey, Chief of Staff of the Army, said, “Our diversity, not only in our Army, but in our country, it is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”
Of course, there are others who think Truth trumps Diversity.
That belief was voiced by Darius Long, whose son, Army Private William Andrew Long, in June 2009 was shot and killed in a shooting attack on a US Army recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas, by Carlos Bledsoe, a US-born Muslim convert who had become radicalized from his travels to Yemen to live with al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Yet, while Bledsoe claimed he specifically targeted the US military to avenge the mistreatment of Muslims, the evidence of his terrorist ties did not prevent him from being tried in a civilian state court rather than under federal terrorism charges.
That decision led Darius Long in testimony before a joint session of the Senate and House Homeland Security Committee in December 2011 to say, “My faith in government is diminished. It invents euphemisms … Little Rock is a drive by and Fort Hood is just workplace violence. The truth is denied.”
Hopefully, it won’t take another Fort Hood to finally reveal that truth and expose the real dangers faced by America’s military personnel and their families from jihadists safely ensconced inside their ranks.
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