Can we just call it what it is? Please?
His name was Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. Been a practicing Muslim since birth. A retired Army Colonel who worked with him at Fort Hood stated that he made “outlandish comments” condemning American foreign policy, claimed that Muslims had a right to rise up and attack Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan, and celebrated the murder of an Army Recruiter in Little Rock, Ark. by another Muslim, named Abdulhakim Margahid Muhammad. He was devout enough to have been disciplined for proselytizing about his faith with patients and co-workers while doing postgraduate work in Bethesda, MD. He has been linked to Internet postings glorifying the actions of suicide bombers, and equated a bomber blowing himself up with a soldier who throws himself upon a grenade to save others. And just this morning, outside his apartment–where he lived alone with the word “Allah” scrawled upon his door–neighbors say that he was giving away his possessions, and even handing out copies of the Q’uran, before bringing not one gun but two into his killing zone.
This wasn’t a man who just “snapped.” This wasn’t Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. My late uncle was a tunnel rat in Vietnam and was written up in Stars & Stripes for dispatching two Viet Cong with a shovel after his weapon jammed. He knew PTSD. These men and women coming back from combat zones, where they dodge bullets and risk death by IED, they know PTSD. Sure, Hasan was trained to listen to terrible stories from those returning from war, but he had never been to war himself.
Obviously, my heart goes out to the families of those soldiers hurt and killed. Home is supposed to be happy. Home is supposed to be safe. Home is supposed to be a place where military families can breathe again, where they can actually expect a dinner table with no empty seats.
When it comes to news, however, the real story here is the intentional glossing over of reality. Like it or not, we are at war with radical Islam. And like it or not, radical Islam is at war with us. No amount of name-changing will change that — Hasan didn’t care that the American war effort abroad was no longer called the “Global War on Terror,” he believed that Muslims had a right to kill Americans, that killing Americans and killing yourself in the name of Allah was honorable and heroic.
When is that story going to be told? How many times will we be forced to listen to network anchors blaming on “battle stress” the murderous actions of a radical Muslim who had never experienced battle? How many times must we hear that Hasan was just another peaceful member of the Religion of Peace, that this was just yet another isolated incident?