“Reducing crime begins with respecting law enforcement,” President Trump told law enforcement officers in Florida this month. “We believe that criminals who kill our police officers should immediately, with trial, but rapidly as possible, not 15 years later, 20 years later—get the death penalty.”
That raises an issue about a mass murder that marks an anniversary one day before the November election.
On November 5, 2009, at Ford Hood, Texas, U.S. soldiers were getting their final medical checkups before deploying to Afghanistan. Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, yelled “_Allahu akbar_” and began gunning down the soldiers. His victims, all unarmed, included Francheska Velez, 21, a private from Chicago who pleaded for the life of her unborn child. The Muslim major killed two other women that day along with 10 men, more than twice as many victims as the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993.
Hasan also wounded 33 others, including Sergeant Alonzo Lunsford, who played dead before fleeing the building. Major Hasan chased down Lunsford, an African-American, and shot him seven times, including one bullet in the back. Major Hasan shot Sergeant Shawn Manning in the chest and pumped four rounds into Sgt. Patrick Zeigler. Hasan would have killed more if civilian police officer Kim Munley had not wounded the assailant, but the whole attack could easily have been prevented.
Hasan had been emailing terrorist Anwar al-Awlaki about the prospect of killing infidel Americans, and the “Soldier of Allah,” as he called himself, did everything but take out an ad on the Super Bowl to announce his jihadist intentions. The U.S. security establishment was well aware of the communications but did nothing to stop Hasan, who claimed to be acting on behalf of the Taliban.
The administration of POTUS 44, formerly known as Barry Soetoro, proclaimed the murder spree a case of “workplace violence,” not terrorism. This rendered Hasan’s victims ineligible for medals and other benefits related to combat. The following April, the White House declined Sgt. Lunsford’s request to meet with the president and explain the “raw deal” the government had dealt the Fort Hood victims.
In August, 2013, a panel of 13 military officers handed down a death sentence for Hasan. More than five years later, the sentence has yet to be carried out. President Trump, who wants killers of police officers executed swiftly, might consider five years too long for this mass murderer of American soldiers. November 5 would be an appropriate execution day, and might clarify some issues.
In Texas, site of the mass murder, voters might ask Senate candidates Ted Cruz and Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke whether President Trump should give the order. They might also ask candidates whether Hasan’s action was terrorism or “workplace violence.”
In Arizona, voters could ask combat veteran Martha McSally what call she would make on the convicted Fort Hood terrorist. They could pose the same questions to opponent Kyrsten Sinema, a Green Party veteran who doesn’t care if Americans fight for the Taliban. Sinema has also hosted events celebrating Lynn Stewart, attorney for terrorist Omar Abdel-Rahman, convicted for passing messages to his followers.
In California’s 50th congressional district, voters might ask Marine Corps veteran Duncan Hunter for his take on the Fort Hood killer’s fate. That would be a more interesting question for his opponent, who recently changed his name from Ammar Yasser Najjar to Ammar Joseph Campa-Najjar, and comes billed as a progressive “Palestinian Mexican.”
Before he launched his current campaign, Campa-Najjar failed to reveal that his grandfather is Yousef al-Najjar of Black September, the Palestinian terrorist group that abducted, tortured and murdered 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. The “Latino Arab-American,” as he is also billed, has never explained how his father Yasser al-Najjar was able to enter the United States, and never outlined his ambassadorial duties for the Palestinian Authority.
Al-Najjar is on record that the Munich massacre was a “tragedy.” Voters might ask if Fort Hood was a tragedy or Islamic terrorism in action, and get his take on Hasan’s fate. That would also be an interesting question for former First Lady and possible 2020 presidential contender Hillary Clinton. When she was Secretary of State, she explained the Benghazi terrorist attack as a protest over a video, and Secretary Clinton was rather cavalier about the motives of those terrorists who murdered four Americans.
Voters might press the case with all those who, like Hillary Clinton, oppose civility and encourage harassment.
In the end, this is not a partisan issue.
Voters in all districts should ask federal candidates of all parties to make the call on Hasan, just to show where they stand.
Pollsters could also ask the voters: do you support the execution of duly convicted terrorist murderer Nidal Hasan? Victims of Hasan’s November 5, 2009 attack are already on record that the mass murderer doesn’t deserve to live.