November 5, 2009 was a sad day for America as Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Center of Fort Hood, the most populous United States Military base in the world, killing 13 people and wounding 30 others.
President Obama when delivering the eulogy told the crowd “no faith justifies these acts, and no god looks upon them with favor.” A few days ago, New York City Michael Bloomberg told us, “I want to make sure that everybody in New York understands that the terrible tragedy at Fort Hood was an individual who snapped but it has nothing to do with religion.” The media, motivated by political correctness, has failed to call a spade a spade; they have failed to report the truth that “sometimes an extremist is really an extremist.” Rather, Major Hasan was shown as a disturbed individual who was under a lot of stress. David Brooks writes in The New York Times, “Hasan was portrayed as a victim of society, a poor soul who was pushed over the edge by prejudice and unhappiness.”
While it is certainly true that the majority of Muslims are peaceful people, the cloud of political correctness that has hung over this tragedy is both absurd and detrimental. The fact of the matter is, Hasan is a radical Muslim, and this was a religiously motivated act of evil. Why else would Hasan yell, “Allahu Akbar!” as he opened fire? The London Telegraph reports that, in what was supposed to be a medical lecture, Hasan instead gave an hour-long briefing on the Koran, explaining to colleagues at Walter Reed Army Medical Center that nonbelievers should be beheaded, have boiling oil poured down their throats, and be set on fire. Moreover, According to ABC News, intelligence agencies were aware for months that Hasan had tried to contact al-Qaeda. His colleagues reportedly knew he sympathized with suicide bombings and attacks on U.S. troops abroad, and one colleague said Hasan was pleased by an attack on an Army recruiting office and suggested more of the same might be desirable.
This massacre is yet another battle on another front in our continued struggle with an Islamic radicalism waging war on America’s very existence. Let’s raise awareness and forget about the political correctness.
Sam K. Theodosopoulos is the Editor-at-Large of the GW Young America’s Foundation Blog.