Nidal Malik Hasan singlehandedly gunned down 43 American soldiers at Ft. Hood, killing thirteen in the process. Janet Napolitano's and U.S. Army Chief General George Casey's first reaction was to publicly express concern about possible repercussions directed toward Muslims.
Months ago, when Nidal Hasan was spouting off anti-American rhetoric, the U.S. Army, as well as the federal government, should have been as concerned about safety as they are about cultural and religious sensitivity. Instead, while Hasan plotted to attack American soldiers, Big Sis focused on right-wing extremism in the form of pro-lifers, upstanding members of the American military, and law-abiding gun-owners. The unconscionable actions of Nidal Malik Hasan are slowly revealing themselves as domestic, homegrown terrorism by a Muslim with radical ties. Yet rather than acknowledge the obvious, the left-wing media is joining federal-level proprietors of political correctness in depicting Major Hasan as a victim of things like "mortification" and "secondary trauma."
True to form, Liberals are attempting to identify what motivated the major to maliciously ambush a room full of innocent soldiers. And while empathy and thoughtful consideration are commendable, a question arises as to why compassion is never extended to murderers who lash out under less politically correct circumstances.
Take, for instance, the slaying of late-term abortionist Dr. George Tiller, who was shot dead in the foyer of a church by Army of God-style, pro-life extremist Scott P. Roeder. Except for the measure of effort to understand individual motives, Dr. Tiller's killer and Nidal Malik Hasan have a lot in common. Both are assassins and both are extremists. But immediately following Tiller's death, Janet Napolitano failed to issue a warning to the pro-choice community to tamp down reaction to prevent a wave of anti-pro-life sentiment.
Neither Napolitano nor publications like Time Magazine chronicled how Tiller's dedication to late-term abortion might have instigated a disturbed man, already so "mortified" by the procedure, to take justice into his own hands. Instead, Roeder was portrayed as a wild-eyed vigilante set on exacting a Biblical "eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth." Roeder and Hasan, however, are both equally "fanatic" zealots dedicated to a cause. According to Roeder, his "... entire motive was in defense of the unborn," while recent reports indicate that Hasan considered his actions a defense against an American "war against Islam" in the Middle East. Hasan declared the battle cry of "God is great" (Allahu akbar) while gunning down American soldiers. Roeder chillingly cited the death of George Tiller as "a victory for all the unborn children." Athough Roeder and Hasan acted alone, each had roots in larger organizations. We now know Hasan had contact with Al Qaeda months ago. Roeder associated with the 1990s anti-government group the Freeman and subscribed to Prayer and Action News, which unjustly defends homicide in response to abortion. Unlike the response to Hasan, however, following the demise of George Tiller, the left-wing media was breathless in its efforts to tie Scott Roeder's actions to non-violent groups like Operation Rescue, who publicly denounced the murder as "... vigilantism and a cowardly act" and offered prayers for Tiller's family. Immediately following the attack at Ft. Hood, some Muslim groups stepped forward to denounce the actions of Major Hasan. Yet while warning the nation that pro-lifers have domestic terrorism potential, Napolitano has yet to warn Americans about groups like Revolution Muslim, who, while disparaging dead American soldiers as "slain terrorists at Fort Hood," sent Nidal Hasan get-well wishes lauding his "preemptive" actions and calling him "an officer and a gentleman." After Tiller's murder, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered added protection for other doctors identified as being at risk for future targeting by copycat killers. A startling statistic, which Napolitano failed to cite in her Homeland Security treatise, is that fanatical pro-life bomb-throwers are responsible for the deaths of eight people, five of whom are doctors, in sixteen years. The 43 people gunned down in one afternoon at Ft. Hood, coupled together with the lost in all terrorist attacks, including those on 9-11, is quite a staggering comparison to the murder of abortion doctors, which pales in comparison. In the meantime, one has to wonder how many other radical Islamic fanatics are concealed within the ranks of the American military...or has that question even been asked? American radical Islamist Anwar al-Awalki praised Hasan following the shooting, suggesting that "... the only way a Muslim can justify serving in the U.S. military is if he intends to follow in the footsteps of men like Nidal." One is forced to wonder whether Homeland Security and the U.S. Military are so busy handing out Qurans and prayer mats (sajjāda) that they fail to recognize al-Awalki's statement as a call to jihad. Nevertheless, unlike the initial reaction to the death of Dr. Tiller at the hands of a disturbed religious fanatic, the Obama administration continues to encourage America to refrain from "jumping to conclusions" about the radical Islamic factor involved in the Ft. Hood massacre. Obviously, our leaders have learned nothing from the politically correct effort to alert Americans to boogiemen while genuine threats lurk in our midst. Out of 1.4 million active American servicemen and women, there are 3,500 self-identified Muslims presently serving in the military whose affiliations remain unknown as Scott Roeder sits safely in jail. Homeland Security and the U.S. Army put Dr. Nidal Malik Hasan in the position of providing psychiatric therapy to U.S. troops returning from war. Soldiers were considered "... attractive recruits for right-wing groups looking for combat skills and experience so as to boost their violent capabilities." As a result of such valiant efforts, those entrusted with America's protection failed to recognize a terrorist willing to kill even the fellow soldiers he counseled in order to prove his devotion to a cause.