November 5, 2009
CAIR has been working overtime (they’re quoted in this article also), and the “Muslims fear backlash” victimhood machine is in high gear. No one, of course, is questioning whether there might be any connection between this man’s devoutly held Islam and the massacre today. After all, how could there be any such connection? Islam is a Religion of Peace™!
“Massacre Leaves 12 Dead At Fort Hood,” by Kevin Whitelaw for NPR, November 5 (thanks to Axel):
[…] The motive behind the shootings was not immediately clear, officials said….
Nothing can be made clear to those who do not wish to see.
A source tells NPR’s Joseph Shapiro that Hasan was put on probation early in his postgraduate work at the Uniformed Service University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Md. He was disciplined for proselytizing about his Muslim faith with patients and colleagues, according to the source, who worked with him at the time.
And the talking heads are saying how good it is that he is alive, as it will provide an opportunity for him to be questioned about why he did this. Jihad? Pah! “Army: Ft. Hood suspect still alive,” from WISH, November 5:
KILLEEN, Texas (KXAN/AP/MSNBC) – Major Malik Nidal Hasan, accused of killing 12 and wounding 31 in an attack at Fort Hood on Thursday, is alive and in stable condition, Lt. Gen. Bob Cone said at an 8:30 p.m. news conference.Counter to initial reports, the 39-year-old psychiatrist – who was thought to be killed by local police – is hospitalized and not expected to die of gunshots sustained during the 1:30 p.m. attack. The local police officer who allegedly shot Hasan and injured him is in the hospital also in stable condition.
Cone also told reporters that Hasan was carrying one handgun and one semi-automatic weapon. But the fact that there were so many injured, apparently by one man, “counter-intuitively is concern,” Cone said – spurring officials to continue their investigation to make sure they haven’t missed any other shooters. Two soldiers were questioned earlier in the day and then released, determined not to have been involved, officials said….
Evidently he was not a convert to Islam, but was a lifelong — and observant — Muslim. “At least 12 killed in shooting at Fort Hood, Tex.,” by William Branigin and Carrie Johnson for the Washington Post, November 5 (thanks to Peter Collier):
[…] Hasan was a psychiatrist, according to acquaintances of his in Washington, and a Pentagon source said he was recently reassigned from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington to work with soldiers at Darnall Army Medical Center at Fort Hood.Hasan was a U.S. citizen, according to Virginia voting records, and his parents are Palestinians from the West Bank, according to his aunt, Noel Hasan of Falls Church. He was born at Arlington Hospital Center.
Hasan, 39, had lived in Montgomery County, Md., and Arlington, Va., in addition to Roanoke and nearby Vinton, Va. He graduated from Virginia Tech and earned his medical degree at Bethesda’s Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, records show.
Hasan attended the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring and was “very devout,” according to Faizul Khan, a former imam at the center. Khan said Hasan attended prayers at least once a day, seven days a week, often in his Army fatigues.
Khan also said Hasan applied to an annual matrimonial seminar that matches Muslims looking for spouses. “I don’t think he ever had a match, because he had too many conditions,” Khan said.
“We never got into details of worldly affairs or politics,” the former imam said of his conversations with Hasan. “Mostly religious questions. But there was nothing extremist in his questions. He never showed any frustration. . . . He never showed any . . . wish for vengeance on anybody.”
However, a fellow Army officer who worked with Hasan told Fox News Channel that Hasan had expressed strong opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“He would make comments to other individuals about how we should not be in the war in the first place,” Col. Terry Lee told the network. “He made those comments, and he stuck strongly to his faith, but as soldiers we have a duty to follow orders from our commander in chief, and our political views are set aside.”
They should have been shadowing this guy at every step. Or would that have been “Islamophobic”? “AP source: Authorities had concerns about suspected shooter, reviewed Internet postings,” by Lara Jakes for Associated Press, November 5 (thanks to Andrew Bostom):
WASHINGTON – Federal law enforcement officials say the suspected Fort Hood, Texas, shooter had come to their attention at least six months ago because of Internet postings that discussed suicide bombings and other threats.The officials say the postings appeared to have been made by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who was killed during the shooting incident that left least 11 others dead and 31 wounded. The officials say they are still trying to confirm that he was the author. They say an official investigation was not opened….
“To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. Its more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause,” said the Internet posting. “Scholars have paralled (sic) this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers.”
Misunderstanders of Islam abound on this thread at Islamic Awakening, discussing the jihad shooting at Fort Hood today.
mujahid_moonsighter Junior Member Muslim Male Join Date: Aug 2007 Location: Riyadh, Saudia ArabiaRe: As many as 9 killed in Fort Hood shootings, officials say
reports now are saying that the shooter was a convert(revert) to Islam, a Major(officer) in the army
Allahu akbar insha Allah he be shaheed, what a brave mujahid
Read the others also.
Nidal Malik Hasan
Fort Hood Jihad Update: “Local soldier: Fort Hood shooting ‘a bloody mess,'” by T.J. Aulds for The Galveston Daily News, November 5 (thanks to Constantine):
“They were telling him that one guy was shouting something in Arabic while he was shooting,” Tom Hunt said. “He couldn’t say much more than that.”
There is also this from Pamela:
“Malik Nadal Hasan, the jihadi that led the attack on Fort Hood, was quoted as saying “Muslims have the right to rise up against the US military” “The Malik Nadal Hasan Muslims have a right to stand up against the aggressors” “maybe we should have more of these where people strap bombs on themselves and go into Times Square” – this according to Col Terry Lee who worked with Muslim convert.
The mainstream media, of course, is still searching for a motive.
Nidal Malik Hasan
Lots of predictable mainstream media dissembling going on about Malik Nadal Hasan, the one murderer who has been identified in the attacks at Fort Hood today that left 12 dead and 31 wounded. One AP story says that his religion is not known. The CBS story below is a bit better, actually identifying him as a Muslim. But no one, no one at all, in the mainstream media is discussing jihad as a motivation. It’s all about “snapping,” “not wanting to go to war” (then why join the Army), etc.
“Soldier Opens Fire at Ft. Hood; 12 Dead,” from CBS News, November 5 (thanks to Joe):
[…] A law enforcement official identified the shooting suspect as Army Maj. Malik Nadal Hasan. The official said Hasan, believed to be in his late 30s, was killed after opening fire at the base. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the case publicly.The official says investigators are trying to determine if Hasan was his birth name, or if he changed his name and converted to Islam at some point in his life.
CBS News investigative producer Len Tepper reports that Hasan, 39, is a licensed psychiatrist from Silver Spring, Md….
[Robert here:] Twelve dead, thirty wounded in what was apparently an attack coordinated between two or three gunmen — belying the post-traumatic stress syndrome spin playing out in the mainstream media.
If this turns out to be a jihad attack, watch for the President to caution against “backlash” and “Islamophobia.”
Not all were willing to oblige, however. “Brave Iranians ruin hate-U.S. fest,” by Amir Taheri in the New York Post, November 5 (thanks to all who sent this in):
Yesterday marked the 30th anniversary of the capture by Khomeinist “students” of the US Embassy in Tehran, triggering the 444-day hostage crisis.The Iranian public seized the chance to reject the regime — even as the surviving hostage-takers have largely come to regret their actions.
For months, Iran’s state-controlled media had tried to build up the day as a “turning point” for President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s troubled second term.
The occasion was supposed to highlight Ahmadinejad’s “victory over the American Great Satan” and Washington’s implicit acceptance of Iran’s nuclear project in recent talks in Geneva and Vienna.
In a message on the eve of the anniversary, “Supreme Guide” Ali Khamenei called on “true Muslims” to show “unquenchable anger against the Great Satan.” The newspaper Kayhan promised “the largest crowds in Iran’s history.”
But events defied the official script.
Weeks of “mass mobilization” failed to produce “the largest crowds in history.”
The official news agency, IRNA, which habitually reports “the marches of the millions,” had to lower its rhetoric to “tens of thousands.” More, its reports indicated that, in most cases, the authorities had to press-gang schoolchildren into marching.
The largest rally, in front of the former US Embassy, attracted no more than 5,000 professional militants, eyewitnesses said.
And the opposition seized the chance to show its strength once again. The official media reported that “the enemies of the revolution” held rallies in more than 100 cites. In cities such as Ahvaz and Yazd, opposition marches pushed official processions to the sidelines.
That anti-Americanism is no longer in vogue (if it ever was) was further underlined by the fact that regime grandees stayed away from the anti-US marches.
In some cases, senior officials were advised not to appear — for fear of facing hostile crowds. For the first time in 30 years, no major regime figure was there to address the rallies.
Khamenei and Ahmadinejad stayed in their bunkers — dispatching Ghulam Haddad-Adel, a former speaker of Iran’s ersatz parliament, to deliver the main address in front of the former embassy. Even then, he had to make a quick getaway when advised that an opposition crowd was approaching.
In some cases, the opposition’s chants of “Death to the dictator!” and “Death to Russia!” were louder than the slogan “Death to America!” chanted by official demonstrators, often with little enthusiasm.
In some gatherings, non-Iranian militants, including members of the Lebanese Hezbollah and students from Africa and elsewhere in Asia, provided the core of the crowds.
State-owned TV showed a group of Spanish converts to Shiism whose leader, a certain Jaafar Gonzales, claimed he’d come to Iran to underline “my people’s deep hatred of America.”…
Big surprise here. “Afghan National Police penetrated by Taliban at ‘every level,'” by Thomas Harding and James Kirkup from the Telegraph, November 4 (thanks to Axel):
The Afghan National Police have been penetrated by the Taliban “at every level” with officers poorly trained, corrupt and some addicted to drugs, a former Army officer has said. Capt Doug Beattie, who served two tours in Afghanistan working with the ANP, said many police officers are in the paid [sic] of insurgents and were more loyal to their tribes than the Afghan government.British officers say that among low-ranking Afghan police, and particularly in more rural areas away from central control, there is widespread corruption and disloyalty….
Capt Beattie, who has retired from the Army, said: “It is absolutely right to say that the Afghan police are infiltrated by the Taliban at every level, from the very lowest to the very highest.”
The police officer who killed five British soldiers on Tuesday is understood to have been in the police for at least two years. That raises the possibility that he was paid to switch sides….