Falls Church Mosque
By Rabbi Aryeh Spero
On Thursday, November 5, America suffered its first major act of terrorism since 9/11.There can be no mistake that America was attacked. It was accomplished by an Islamist who massacred many Americans within the most emblematic precinct of American power - a military base. The jihadist, Nidal Hasan, is purported to have screamed "Allahu Akhbar" while mowing down the innocent Americans who, like those in the Twin Towers in Manhattan, never suspected that on a clear and peaceful day the arm of jihad would shatter their lives.
The difference between this attack and the one on 9/11 is the response of America. After the first attack, the American administration and the news media forthrightly acknowledged Islamic terrorism as the source of the carnage. Eight years later, a new American administration and a craven mainstream media would not point the finger at the Islamist source, but were bending over backwards to tell the American people that what was obvious to all is but a nasty propensity of their Islamophobia.
For over six months authorities knew of postings on the Internet and
conversations by Nidal Hasan that clearly showed a soldier not for America but a soldier of the jihad. Hasan spoke of the merits of suicide bombing and how Muslims must eradicate soldiers engaged in wars in Muslim countries. Iraq and Afghanistan are Muslim countries where America is engaged.
Had a white Christian soldier made similar remarks that foreshadowed real danger to comrades on a military base, one suspects that the Feds and the military would have acted far quicker in isolating and removing such a threatening individual from the military base. It seems as if political correctness has infected the Army as it has so many other institutions in America where the concern for Muslim "sensitivities" now overrides our need to protect the actual lives of American women and children and other innocent targets on the radar scope of Islamic rage.
As with 9/11, the authorities waited too long to seize the computer of the suspect. Prior to the 9/11 attacks, authorities who wanted to confiscate the computer of the soon-to-be 9/11 hijackers under suspicion did not do so because of the many legal barriers that had been placed in front of investigators. Either out of political correctness or out of fear that CAIR or the ACLU would condemn the Army, action that should have been taken against the suspect was not taken: a repeat mis-performance.
How demoralizing that the Army, which should be the one bastion that does not operate under fear and timidity, seems inclined to act with fear. Isn't it time, finally, that some high ranking officer altruistically announce that the lives of our soldiers are more important than political correctness or the fear that CAIR may accuse as "Islamophobic" those who are simply doing their job?
Americans need to find out who it is at top-levels that is enforcing this pernicious political-correctness and straight-jacketing our people.
The need for a high ranking official to boldly tell the American people the truth is necessary in light of an announcement by the Army's Chief of Staff, General George Casey, that "it's important for the country not to get caught up in speculation about Hasan's Muslim faith". He has instructed his commanders to "be on the lookout for anti-Muslim reaction to the killings" at the Texas post. Is this the new army mindset? Have some in the military redefined its historic goal of protecting to now mean protecting feelings instead of protecting life?
The message to those in the military who may be witnesses to possible dangers from inchoate Islamists within their ranks is that they better keep their mouth shut. Evidently the lives of our soldiers and our citizens, are secondary to the more important goal of, as General George Casey says, "diversity". As in civilian life, multiculturalism may have become the new religion of the army, exceeding common sense and all other considerations, even life itself.
It is understandable that many institutions in the United States are now unwilling to let the truth stand as it is and instead, in Orwellian fashion, try to make the American people reject the obvious facts in front of their own eyes. After all, President Obama proclaimed in his speech in Egypt that one of the top priorities of his administration is to "ensure that Muslims are not 'profiled' or portrayed as anti-Western". Not a problem in general; however, it is a problem when government covers up the truth of specific cases. We saw a similar whitewash before on a military base in Iraq where, again, a devout Moslem hand-grenaded to death his sleeping American comrades.
Naturally,the Obama Administration does not want to call the Fort Hood incident the Islamic terrorism that it is, since it wants to pretend that on its watch the country has, as was during the eight years of President Bush, been spared Islamic terrorism on our soil. But such terrorism, in fact, happened Thursday, November 5th at Fort Hood. One senses that President Obama wants to protect the Moslem image even if it means Americans will be unprotected.
How utterly revealing that immediately following the incident, the FBI was quick to tell us that what had happened at Fort Hood was not terrorism. They made the same claim after an Egyptian Moslem gunned down passengers at the El Al, Israeli airline, terminal at LAX. Apparently, there have for a while been instructions from higher ups that Islamic terrorism be called something else: deranged or stressed-out individuals.
Islamic sympathizers, and the media, are now claiming that a man operating alone cannot be said to be engaged in terrorism. But what is a suicide bomber if not a terrorist?
Dozens of Islamic suicide bombers have acted alone and, as we know, don't necessarily receive orders from Al Qaeda. It is the internalization of the jihadist message that is the trigger for terrorism. Nidal Hasan attended the same mosque as did the 9/11 highjackers and listened to the same imam they did. He received the same hate-filled message, but did not act upon it until years later. His instructions may not have come from Osama bin Laden, but the goal of destroying America was implanted in him the same way it has been implanted by other suicide bombers targeting the West.
Americans today feel that they are no longer protected. Indeed, many are sick at heart by what appears to be the President's lack of visceral and emotional pain for what happened to innocent Americans at Fort Hood. He seems so detached and, at the time, spoke about the massacre as if he were commenting on the latest Highway and Transportation Bill. As we've heard ad nauseum, after each attack by Muslims against Americans, the President's main concern was "that we not rush to judgment."
How much longer will Americans have to die and how many more Americans will have to be massacred on the soil of America, even on military bases, so as to maintain the facade of "the religion of peace" that the bureaucracy and the Administration have decided is more important than American life itself.