(AntiWar.com) -- It’s been grimly amusing to watch the liberal mainstream media spin the murder spree at Ft. Hood. They are trying mightily to pretend it was all about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s inner psychological turmoil, given his job as an Army psychiatrist whose task it was to counsel troubled veterans of the Iraq and Afghan wars. He is depicted as a victim of post-traumatic stress syndrome, even though he was never in combat. His identification with his clients’ suffering, his poor job evaluations, even his lack of a wife are all blamed for his rampage, which killed 13 (so far) and wounded dozens of others...
The touchy-feely explanation – that he was socially awkward, didn’t have girlfriends, was lonely, and was trying to fill the gap represented by the loss of his parents with devotion to the Koran – doesn’t begin to explain his actions. The truth is that Maj. Hasan saw the war he was about to be sent to as a religious conflict, pitting the U.S. government against Islam – and he chose to side with the enemy. The Ft. Hood jihad underscores two points I have been making in this column since the "war on terrorism" was declared by George W. Bush and unleashed on the peoples of Afghanistan and Iraq:
1. The main danger to the U.S. is on the home front. Al-Qaeda has always been forthright about its strategy of striking at "the far enemy," i.e., the U.S. mainland, rather than concentrating on targets closer at hand. That’s what 9/11 was all about, and the careful planning and long-range vision that enabled al-Qaeda to carry out their plan underscores the dire threat represented by this most guileful of all terrorist groups.
The American-born Hasan, son of Palestinian parents who emigrated to the U.S. sometime in the 1960s, joined the military against the wishes of his family. Here is someone who was brought up in this country, presumably immersed in the culture of the West, and yet still responded to the call of al-Qaeda to make war on his homeland. With millions of native-born Muslims in this country, how many are similarly susceptible to Osama bin Laden’s appeal to strike at the "far enemy" – who is, for them, quite near?
This, of course, is just the question the neoconservatives have been asking ever since the Twin Towers were downed, and their answer is, oddly, the same as al-Qaeda’s. Both, for different reasons, are hoping for a crackdown by the U.S. government, starting with the banning of Muslims from our military. If we are indeed embarked on a religious war against Islam – and it sure seems like it – who can argue against this? The wet dream of the neocons and their ostensible opposite numbers in bin Laden’s cave is that the authorities will one day carry out Michelle Malkin’s vision of a repeat of FDR’s wartime internment camps, albeit this time filled with American Muslims instead of Japanese-Americans. That would certainly make both the editors of Commentary magazine and al-Qaeda’s top commanders quite happy.
2. The U.S. response to 9/11 has always threatened the unity and stability of American society. Nothing underscores this fact better than the Ft. Hood massacre. The reaction here at home to our crazed rampage throughout the Muslim world is bound to take extreme forms, of which Hasan’s murder spree is just the latest and most horrific. As alleged evidence that his actions were caused by "stress" and other "psychological" factors, the professional victimologists point out that Hasan was taunted by his fellow soldiers because of his Muslim heritage. Yet this taunting is itself the product of the post-9/11 hysteria that still pervades this country, especially in the military, and that transformed a war against a specific enemy – al-Qaeda – into a more generalized religious war against all of Islam. Hasan recognized this and acted accordingly...Cont'd...LINK
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