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November 8, 2009

Telegraph: 'Fort Hood gunman had told US military colleagues that infidels should have their throats cut'

Topics: Political News and commentaries, Understanding Islam

Why is it that we have to find truths about the Muslim killer of our soldiers at Fort Hood - from UK media? After all, shouldn't our own media be telling us that Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the gunman who killed 13 at America's Fort Hood military base, once gave a lecture to other doctors in which he said non-believers should be beheaded and have boiling oil poured down their throats?

Via The

[...] He also told colleagues at America's top military hospital that non-Muslims were infidels condemned to hell who should be set on fire. The outburst came during an hour-long talk Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, gave on the Koran in front of dozens of other doctors at Walter Reed Army Medical Centre in Washington DC, where he worked for six years before arriving at Fort Hood in July.

Colleagues had expected a discussion on a medical issue but were instead given an extremist interpretation of the Koran, which Hasan appeared to believe.

It was the latest in a series of "red flags" about his state of mind that have emerged since the massacre at Fort Hood, America's largest military installation, on Thursday.

[...] Fellow doctors have recounted how they were repeatedly harangued by Hasan about religion and that he openly claimed to be a "Muslim first and American second."

One Army doctor who knew him said a fear of appearing discriminatory against a Muslim soldier had stopped fellow officers from filing formal complaints.

Another, Dr Val Finnell, who took a course with him in 2007 at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Maryland, did complain about Hasan's "anti-American rants." He said: "The system is not doing what it's supposed to do. He at least should have been confronted about these beliefs, told to cease and desist, and to shape up or ship out. I really questioned his loyalty."

Selena Coppa, an activist for Iraq Veterans Against the War, said: "This man was a psychiatrist and was working with other psychiatrists every day and they failed to notice how deeply disturbed someone right in their midst was."

One of Hasan's neighbours described how on the day of the massacre, about 9am, he gave her a Koran and told her: "I'm going to do good work for God" before leaving for the base.

Meanwhile, reports by the U.S. media focus on reports that have to do with warnings about "backlash" against all Muslims in the military.

Via the AP:

[...] Gen. George Casey warns against reaching conclusions about motives until investigators have fully explored the attack. Early reports suggest Hasan, a Muslim, was angry about the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and worried about his pending deployment to Afghanistan.

Casey says focusing on Hasan's Islamic roots could "heighten the backlash" against all Muslims in the military.

However, as Sen. Joseph Lieberman told Fox News Sunday, it's clear that Hasan was, one, under personal stress and, two, if the reports that we're receiving of various statements he made, acts he took, are valid, he had turned to Islamist extremism:
[...] Lieberman said if the shootings were fueled by such viewpoints it was the worst act of terrorism in America since the attacks of September 11, 2001.

"Therefore, if that is true, the murder of these 13 people was a terrorist act and, in fact, it was the most destructive terrorist act to be committed on American soil since 9/11."

And I would think that most rational Americans would believe that when an American military officer turns out to be an Islamist extremist that is "the worst act of terrorism in America since the attacks of September 11, 2001," it's time for some form of focused "backlash" to begin in earnest, and a very hard look be taken at the U.S. military's approach of bringing Muslims into the U.S. military (and the U.S. in general).

Related: The massacre at Fort Hood and Muslim soldiers with attitude (There's actually a long list of Muslim soldiers with "attitude" like Nidal Hasan):

Posted by Abdul at November 8, 2009 12:16 PM

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