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Jihadist threat underplayed

November 11, 2009

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By now, the script should be disturbingly familiar. Whether in the Middle East, or increasingly in America, a fanatical Muslim blows up or goes on a shooting spree, killing many. This is quickly followed by “condemnations” from “Muslim civil rights groups,” like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). We are then warned by the president and some newspaper editorials not to jump to conclusions, or to stereotype. Yasser Arafat wrote this script, which he used with great success throughout his bloody career as a terrorist.

Suddenly, the issue of gays in the military doesn’t seem as important as jihadists in the military.

If you were an enemy of America, not only would you fight overseas and develop nuclear weapons (Iran), you would also engage in an even more effective strategy by striking at America’s underbelly. This is our most vulnerable region because we now tolerate virtually everything, indulge in political correctness and subscribe to a bogus belief that if radical Islamists can see we mean them no harm, they will mean us no harm.

The federal government at all levels has hired and promoted Muslims to influential positions. It requires “sensitivity training” for federal employees, including those who work at the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Last week, the House Judiciary Committee, dominated by liberal Democrats, defied the White House and removed from the USA Patriot Act a tool for tracking non-U.S. citizens in anti-terrorism investigations. As our enemies grow stronger and more emboldened, they see us becoming weaker and less committed.

No amount of evidence — from Quran verses urging the killing of “infidels,” to cries of “God is great,” reportedly shouted by the alleged Fort Hood shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan — will cure our self-deception. Sun Tzu famously wrote that all war is deception. But it takes two to deceive and the United States is behaving like a willing partner.

People claiming to know Hasan told interviewers he made frequent statements against the wars and the U.S. presence in Islamic countries. Rep. Michael McCaul, Texas Republican, told reporters after he was briefed on the shootings that Hasan “took a lot of advanced training in shooting.” Why would a psychiatrist need advanced training in shooting unless he believed in murder as therapy?

Shouldn’t that, coupled with his statements about “the aggressor” and other actions — including his preference for Muslim clothing — have alerted someone in authority that he might be a time bomb waiting to go off? Yes, absolutely. But who wants to jeopardize a career by raising such questions and becoming the target of “civil rights groups” and politically correct dupes? Intimidating Americans into silence when they know better is also a very effective strategy when fighting a war.

Sound minds not brainwashed by our own “re-educators” should have seen this coming. Though born in America to Jordanian immigrant parents, Hasan described himself as a “Palestinian.” He got into trouble by attempting to proselytize some of his patients.

Most top federal agencies, including the Pentagon and DHS, now have offices of “civil liberties,” offices recommended by the 9/11 Commission to focus on “outreach” to the Muslim community. In this, they follow efforts by the Bush administration, which dispatched Karen Hughes to tell Muslim women in Saudi Arabia that American women are so free they can drive their own cars. The Saudi women were not impressed.

It’s one thing to be suckered by others. It’s quite another to sucker yourself.

How much longer will we tolerate fighting this war as if it were a minor crime wave? Our enemies are fighting to win and they are fighting everywhere, including within our borders. People trained to appear nonthreatening, until the threat becomes obvious and it is too late to do anything about it, are infiltrating our government and society at every level.

It is irrelevant that some have put the number of radicalized Muslims worldwide at 10 percent. Even if that figure is accurate, 100 million jihadists can cause a lot of damage, as they plot the destruction of Western democracies. Other wars have been won with far fewer soldiers and far fewer dupes.

Comments

Brent Garner 5 years, 1 month ago

Europe is on its way to learning the hard truth of the "non-violent" jihad or soft jihad. At the present divergence of birthrates between "natives" and "immigrants", most of whom are Muslim, the "immigrants" will soon be able to vote in anything they want. Even now Europe experience mass demonstrations where the Muslims announce their intention to overthrow democracy and impose Shariah Law. In many parts of England they have already achieved a semblance of that. There is a reason why England's capital is jokingly referred to as "Londonstan". Not surprising since recent studies suggest that 40% of that city's population is Muslim. The French saw this problem in the "youth" riots that occurred some years ago and which continue today but just don't make the headlines in America. The Dutch are not discovering just how far gone down the road to Islamification they are. Liberals and leftists with their soft thinking have either deliberately or inadvertantly encouraged this. I wonder if America will wake up before its too late.

cato_the_elder 5 years, 1 month ago

Political Correctness had its origins in the leftist rhetoric of the late '60's and early '70's, the second worst era in American history after the Civil War. Among other things, it has virtually destroyed accomplishment based on merit. It has resulted in precisely the kind of effective inability to discuss the obvious that Thomas describes. Interestingly, from first being most obnoxiously prevalent on college and university campuses (as it still relentlessly is), it now permeates the American workforce at all levels, public and private, to the extent that the type of free speech that used to exist in the workplace just doesn't exist anymore. If you make just one innocent comment to one co-worker on one of literally hundreds of topics that someone else finds to be politically incorrect, you may well be out the door and looking for a job. It's the most Orwellian development in the history of our country, and it only gets worse every day. As Thomas points out, someday it may even kill a great number of our citizens. It's already obvious that even the recent tragedy at Fort Hood won't put a dent in it. The virulent disease of Political Correctness permeates our entire society. What's worse, it has caused us to become our own worst enemies.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 1 month ago

A senior citizen raising his voice at a townhall meeting = a terrorist A man screaming out a Islamic slogan while murdering 13 Americans and wounding 30 more = a misunderstood victim What's wrong with that picture?

jonas_opines 5 years, 1 month ago

I think it's your rather skewed and twisted interpretation, snap. Only a few nutcases would actually believe either of those things.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 1 month ago

"It is irrelevant that some have put the number of radicalized Muslims worldwide at 10 percent."

Now, Cal, if we could just lock these folks up in room with the 10% of radicalized (and insane) Christians like yourself, we would be making some real progress.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 1 month ago

Determining what happened is really pretty easy.

Put a mentally unstable man, who happens to be Muslim, in an organization that has been taken over to a large extent by Christians who really believe they are "crusaders," by definition sworn enemies of Islam, and give him the job counseling soldiers who have seen the atrocities of war up close, including acts of extreme violence against innocent Muslim men, women and children, and the Fort Hood incident becomes inevitable.

Flap Doodle 5 years, 1 month ago

bozo just proved half of my 8:16 post.

Satirical 5 years, 1 month ago

It is one thing to claim there are both foreign and domestic Islamic terrorists who are trying to destroy our country, and we need to be vigilant. It is another thing to say we should stereotype, profile, or fear all Muslims.

Those advocating the prior, sometimes come across (and are almost always portrayed by the Left) as advocating the latter.

The problem with the Left, is that they try advocating against the latter, and often go too far by advocating against the prior. (i.e. the media initially trying to downplay the facts when tend to indicate whether this act was politically or religiously motivated.)

ksdivakat 5 years, 1 month ago

Perhaps some people should actually listen to the news to find out what is going on with this tragedy, it seems that it is being investigated, and a terrorist plot has NOT been ruled out as of yet, I say lets let the DOJ and DOD investigate this and see what their findings are before we start to pass judgement or lack thereof.

Satirical 5 years, 1 month ago

ksdivakat...

Where you referring to me when you stated, "(p)erhaps some people should actually listen to the news to find out what is going on with this tragedy..?"

If so, it should be noted I stated, "the media initially..." The key word is "initially". In fact, the media initially downplayed his political/religious motivations so much that I posted a comment on the LJWorld to that effect.

verity 5 years, 1 month ago

  1. Never let the facts get in the way of a good ideological rant.

  2. Always jump to conclusions before the facts become known.

  3. Never pass up an opportunity to proclaim what ALL of the "other" thinks.

  4. Use straw men whenever possible in order to villify the "other."

verity 5 years, 1 month ago

Thank you, BS, for following my rules.

ScottyMac 5 years, 1 month ago

"Why would a psychiatrist need advanced training in shooting unless he believed in murder as therapy?"

Did Cal just make an argument in favor of gun control?

50YearResident 5 years, 1 month ago

Porch_Person says, No one on the planet has interpreted Hasan's actions as anything other than a psychological breakdown. In short, he went postal. He wasn't “a terrorist”.

I say, wait just a minute, there are a lot of us that think this was a terrorist act committed by one individual. Complacency will bring down the United States if not the whole world. People need to wake up to reality!

ksdivakat 5 years, 1 month ago

Satirical, no, I wasnt referring to you, I think we probably posted about the same time, it was just a general statement, I watched the memorial service yesterday, and I know that the anchors on all channels were saying that DOD is deep into investigating this, and also, the gunman supposedly saying whatever it was he said as he was shooting, I havent heard one victim who was shot say that he said that. I think that we need to be more vigilant as a country about terrorists, but on the same hand, we cant make stuff up just to scare the people,, so thats why I said I am going to wait and see what the investigation reveals and then we can all judge it accordingly. Sorry If I caused confusion there!

M. Lindeman 5 years, 1 month ago

porch_person (Anonymous) says…

Cal hasn't lost his touch, or lack thereof.

(laughter)

No one on the planet has interpreted Hasan's actions as anything other than a psychological breakdown. In short, he went postal. He wasn't “a terrorist”.

Cal hasn't figured out that, if terrorists can plant someone in the military back in 1997 and have that terrorist make Major, then Cal is either insane or we have a deeper problem than anything Cal can imagine in his poorly perfusing, pea-brained nervous tissue at the top of his spinal cord.

rdragon writes:

As usual, insult instead of rebutt. Mr. Thomas was straight to the point and frankly dead on. You should really get out in the real world and really see what is going. Oh, your local coffee shop doesn't count.

50YearResident 5 years, 1 month ago

While you are laughing about this assault as a frivolous matter, we are serious as to the reasons that caused it.

No laughing matter!

jimmyjms 5 years, 1 month ago

So, this assbag shouting "Allah Akbar" makes this a terrorist act? Or is it just his being Muslim?

ksdivakat 5 years, 1 month ago

Again, perhaps some of us should keep our mouths shut until the investigation comes out. Here from CNN's website and the story is called " Tribute to the fallen at ft hood" and here is what Ed Rollins had to say about it:

This was the act of a terrorist, whether or not the accused shooter had ties to established terrorist groups. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is accused of killing 13 of his fellow soldiers, men and women, young and old, and of trying to kill many others. His alleged crime was unthinkable and cannot be rationalized. The damage was not just to the victims and their families but also to the United States military at large. Whether the accused shooter acted alone or in coordination with others, it was a blow against his fellow soldiers and a blow against his country. It was also a blow to Muslims, especially those who serve in the military and face unfair prejudice.


So hew says it was an act of terrorism and he also says whether the shooter acted alone OR in coordination with others....so that tells me and the world that there is some doubt as to this sub-human going "postal"

bender 5 years, 1 month ago

terrorism: the systematic use of terror, especially as a means of coercion.

In order to decide whether this is an act of terrorism, you really need to know the man's intent. Did we define the massacre at the nearby Luby's cafeteria as an act of terrorism simply because of the act and the resulting death toll? No. What about the Va Tech shootings? Terrorism? Again, no.

Just because Ed Rollins calls it a terrorist act, doesn't make it so. The jury is still out on this. Could turn out that it was, could turn out that it wasn't.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 1 month ago

"DId you have the same simpathy for McVeigh bozo?"

I wouldn't say I have sympathy for either of Hasan or McVeigh. I certainly do have sympathy for their victims.

While Hasan's motivation isn't yet clear, first indications are that he shares a rather twisted religious belief in common with McVeigh. And more importantly, both appear to be extremely mentally ill.

“Not every Islamist is a Jihadist, but every Jihadist is an Islamist”.

McVeigh's profile and actions vary little from the definition of a violent "Jihadist" as it's come to be defined in the West, although none of you crusaders here would ever admit that your Abrahamic religion isn't so very different from Islam.

ksdivakat 5 years, 1 month ago

Oh I absolutely agree bender! My point is, that if you read up you will see certain posters have already determined this was not a terrorist act but he just went crazy as it were, and Im saying, lets wait to hear the evidence and THEN make a decision as to whether it was terrorism or not. And in my experience, the left usually take CNN better than they fo faux news so that is why I quoted CNN.

denak 5 years, 1 month ago

I don't think anyone knows why Hasan did this except Hasan.

It seems, to me, that the media is falling all over itself to try to prove that he was motivated a link to terrorism but all they have right now is conjecture.

I was listening to a criminal profiler talking last night and personally, I think the profiler made a much better case for Hasan being more along the lines of a mass murderer than a "jihadist."

As much as some people and the media (who are interested in ratings more than the truth in my opinion), would like to paint Hasan as a member of Al-Queda, I think what we might eventually find out is that he had more in common with someone who goes "postal" after losing his job then with someone who believes in blowing up infidels.

Dena

tomatogrower 5 years, 1 month ago

Man, on this thread the conservatives are showing their true colors too. McVeigh is a low life, just like the Islamic terrorists. He is now burning in hell. I am even against the death penalty, but when they ended this sorry example of a human being, I danced a jig. If I knew where his grave was I would go and spit on it daily. That's the real reason they keep it secret. You'd have a whole line of people ready to desecrate his grave.

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 1 month ago

Dena, I agree with you. Our soldiers are called upon to both do and witness terrible things. Some end up by going rogue and not caring, and those are the ones that kill women and children, and rape. They are the minority in the armed services. But, I think that after Hasan heard about the horrors in Iraq and Afghanistan he really internalized what happened to those people. We must not forget what happened during the Viet Nam war where we saw pictures of soldiers wearing ear necklaces and other body parts. They colored how a lot of people saw the army. No one took pictures of the soldiers that were behaving decently or humanely in spite of the pressure. Hasan chose to use violence because he was consumed by pity for the violently killed. He should have been noticed and stopped somewhere along the line. He should not have been brushed off and ignored as just another kook.

tomatogrower 5 years, 1 month ago

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 1 month ago

"The looney left's hackneyed, threadbare Criminal-As-Victim rationalization."

There's a big difference between "explanation" and "rationalization," Pil. Maybe someday you'll learn how to use a dictionary.

There are literally thousands of Muslims in the US military. Those who retain their sanity somehow aren't pushed over the edge by what can only be described as a pervasive, "crusader" ("crusade" is the Christian version of "jihad") irrationality in the US military.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is different from the vast majority of other Muslims in the military. His own, innate irrationality has no doubt been exacerbated by his beliefs in a highly irrational version of Islam that has people blowing themselves and others up all across the Middle East and elsewhere.

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