President Obama says calm down and don’t jump to conclusions. He doesn’t want anyone to think that Major Nidal Hasan, the alleged shooter that killed 12 soldiers and a civilian at Ft. Hood could be a Muslim terrorist. I’m assuming that he was aware that the shooter had shouted “Allahu Akbar”, or “Allah is Great” as he opened fire. But no matter. We aren’t allowed to read the handwriting on the wall and come to our own conclusions.
In the days ssince the shootings, we have learned that Hasan had a history of speaking out against the United States and the war in Iraq. Earlier this year, he was reported to have said, “Muslims should stand up and fight the aggressor.” Who was he talking about? Well he was reportedly angry about the possibility of being deployed to Iraq and made numerous comments about Muslims fighting Muslims. During a Power Point presentation to fellow psychiatrists last spring that was entitled, “The Koranic World View as it Relates to Muslims in the the U.S. Military,” Haswan wrote, “It is getting harder and harder for Muslims to morally justify being in a military that seems constantly engaged against fellow Muslims.”
Further, we now know that Hasan was communicating with a former imam from the Washington DC suburb of Falls Church, where he was the “spiritual advisor” of two of the 9/11 hijackers. He left the country in 2002 and is believed to be in Yemen. He has posted an online statement that praised Hasan in the Ft. Hood shootings, using the same reasoning as the shooter, that he couldn’t stand being in a military that fought against his own Muslim brothers. Security experts have described him as “radical, Islamic fundamentalist who has been very supportive of terrorists in the past.”
Unfortunately, Hasan is not the first U.S. Muslim soldier to turn against our country. According to an editorial in Investors Business Daily, there have been several more. In March 2003, Sgt. Hasan Akbar fraggewd 17 fellow soldiers, killing two. He opposed the killing of fellow Muslims, saying, “You guys are coming into our countries, and you’re going to rape our women and kill our children.”
* In 2008, Navy Signalman Hassan Abujihaad was convicted of tipping off al-Quida to battle group movements in the Persian Gulf.
* In 2002, Army Reservist Semi Osman was arrested for providing material support to al-Quida. He plead guilty and agreed to testify against two other terror suspects.
* Army Sgt. Ali Mohamed was arrested for stealing military secrets and for al-Quida and helping plan bombings at three U.S. embassies in 1998.
Now, the political correctness crowd would tell you that it’s just plain predjudicial and wrong to spend even a minute looking into the past of recruits who are Muslim and may have a history of sitting under the teachings of anti-American imams, as Hasan did. Spending any time at all interviewing them to get their views on fighting against fellow Muslims would be profiling, and we know that we can’t do that. And, apparently, we can’t discharge Muslim soldiers who have actually spoken out against the United States military, of which he is a member.
I have heard all sides on this issue, from those who say remove all Muslims from the U.S. military, to those who would choose to continue the status quo and have no special consideration for Muslim soldiers. Although the president urges us not to jump to conclusions, the new information that has come out over the last few days insists that we do recognize the threat that may exist. I for one believe we must begin to look closely at those who we allow to have access to military secrets and positions of authority in our military. There have been thousands of Muslims who have served our country proudly and honorably. But the list of those who have chosen to put their religion ahead of country is growing. And now is the time for the Penagon to get serious about protecting it’s soldiers. Better late than never.