Defense & National Security

Let’s Make Political Correctness Final Fort Hood Casualty

Much has been written about the role political correctness played in abetting the Fort Hood massacre. But most of the commentary falls short in identifying just how instrumental political correctness has been in paving the way for numerous terrorist acts against America.

Let me be blunt: Political correctness has been radical Islam’s greatest asset in its war against America. Let’s execute it.

Political correctness has facilitated terrorists in many of the more than one dozen attacks or attempted terrorist attacks on America in recent years. A number of people came forward after the 9-11 attacks to recount how they had encountered the hijackers and noticed bizarre behavior.  But nobody spoke up, and some admitted that fear of being accused of racial profiling or religious insensitivity prevented them from questioning the terrorists or talking to authorities.

Political correctness almost led to tragedy a couple years ago at Fort Dix in New Jersey. American jihadists were planning to attack the military base and made a video of themselves training with automatic weapons and crying out “Allahu akbar.”

Two of the plotters asked a store clerk to convert the video to DVD. When the clerk saw the video, he told a co-worker: “Dude, I just saw some really weird s—. I don’t know what to do. Should I call someone, or is that being racist?”

Fortunately, reason prevailed, and the 10-month investigation that followed lead to the arrest of the jihadists, who were planning a large-scale attack on Fort Dix.

Then there is the Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility. Last Spring, in the wake of Pentagon reports that more than 60 former GITMO detainees had engaged in jihad after leaving the prison, liberal commentators claimed inhumane treatment there has transformed detainees into suicide bombers and high-level terrorists. But in truth the unprecedented and extreme religious accommodation granted to Gitmo prisoners has created a culture of Islamic radicalization so extensive that some former U.S. officials began calling it the “American madrassa.”

Accommodation of Islam pervades our schools. Studies show that our children are being taught a distorted view of Islam. For instance, most texts gloss over Muslims’ history of enslavement of “infidels” and their brutal treatment of women. Some texts fail to mention the role radical Islam played in the 9-11 attacks.  

The founder of the Council on Islamic Education, an Islamic group that vets American textbooks, even described his work as a “bloodless revolution … inside American junior high and high school classrooms.”

In the Fort Hood case, liberal elites have put forward some ludicrous explanations for Hasan’s treasonous behavior: He had “pre-traumatic stress.” He was bullied by other soldiers. One news article even suggested that evangelicals are to blame for making the Muslim soldier feel like an outsider. President Obama has repeatedly warned us not to believe our own eyes and ears about what happened.

But the evidence is overwhelming that Maj. Nidal Hasan is an Islamist who was trying to please Allah when he gunned down our American heroes. He attended a mosque in Northern Virginia that two 9/11 hijackers attended; he attempted to contact Al Qaeda in recent months; he was overheard praising the Muslim who shot two soldiers at a military recruiting center in Little Rock Arkansas; he shouted “Allahu akbar,” the battle cry of jihadists, as he poured bullets into our sons and daughters.

Why was nothing done? Clear and overwhelming evidence exists that the U.S. military was aware of Hasan’s treasonous acts long before the attack.

Hasan sent numerous E-mails to an Islamofascist cleric known for his exhortations for Muslims to rise up and kill the “infidels.” Counterterrorism officials intercepted the communications but dismissed the e-mails as being part of a research project on post-traumatic stress disorder that Hasan, a psychiatrist, had been conducting.

Complaints about Hasan’s anti-American rants were ignored. He tried to convert his military patients to Islam and was put on probation with no follow up. He gave a lecture to fellow military psychologists advocating that non-Muslims be beheaded, have boiling oil poured down their throats, and be set on fire.

Some military people say they didn’t file complaints because they were afraid that doing so would hurt their careers in the increasingly “politically correct” Army bureaucracy. Lt. Col. Val Finnell, Hasan’s classmate at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, told Fox News, “They should’ve confronted him — our professors, officers — but they were too concerned about being politically correct.”

An Army investigator told Fox News that he would have been “crucified” had he told superiors about Hasan’s correspondence with jihadists. Another Army officer told Time magazine that “political correctness” insulated Hasan. “People are afraid to come forward and challenge somebody’s ideology,” he said, “because they’re afraid of getting an equal opportunity complaint that can end careers.”

Instead of being investigated and punished for his treasonous behavior, political correctness assured that Hasan was fast-tracked through the Army ranks and allowed to continue as a psychiatrist treating soldiers returning from the front.  

Political correctness is a lie employed by liberal elites to preserve myths about favored groups. It is sold as a way to ensure that society treats people fairly. But it is actually a derangement whereby normally lucid people disregard inconvenient truths and willfully reject facts to avoid confronting uncomfortable realities.

On Meet The Press last Sunday, Army Chief of Staff General George Casey now infamously said about Hasan’s rampage, “As horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”

No, General. Hasan’s actions, which killed 14 people (including one pregnant soldier’s unborn child) and wounded 29 others, are much worse. Let’s make political correctness the final casualty of the Fort Hood massacre. 

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