Skip to comments.MARK STEYN: MULTICULTURAL ILLUSIONS KILL - NO STRATEGY TO DEFEND AGAINST IDEOLOGY
Posted on 11/06/2009 9:36:18 AM PST by Mount Athos
Thirteen dead and 31 wounded would be a bad day for the US military in Afghanistan, and a great victory for the Taliban. When it happens in Texas, in the heart of the biggest military base in the nation, at a processing center for soldiers either returning from or deploying to combat overseas, it is not merely a tragedy (as too many people called it) but a glimpse of a potentially fatal flaw at the heart of what we have called, since 9/11, the war on terror. Brave soldiers trained to hunt down and kill Americas enemy abroad were killed in the safety and security of home by, in essence, the same enemy a man who believes in and supports everything the enemy does.
And hes a US Army major.
And his superior officers and other authorities knew about his beliefs but seemed to think it was just a bit of harmless multicultural diversity as if believing that the Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressor (ie, his fellow American soldiers) and writing Internet paeans to the noble heroism of suicide bombers and, indeed, objectively supporting the other side in an active war is to be regarded as just some kind of alternative lifestyle that adds to the general vibrancy of the base.
When it emerged early on Thursday afternoon that the shooter was Nidal Malik Hasan, there appeared shortly thereafter on Twitter a flurry of posts with the striking formulation: Please judge Major Malik Nadal [sic] by his actions and not by his name.
Concerned tweeters can relax: There was never really any danger of that and not just in the sense that The New York Times first report on Major Hasan never mentioned the words Muslim or Islam, or that ABCs Martha Raddatzs only observation on his name was that as for the suspect, Nadal Hasan, as one officers wife told me, I wish his name was Smith.
What a strange reaction. I suppose what she means is that, if his name were Smith, we could all retreat back into the same comforting illusions that allowed the bureaucracy to advance Nidal Malik Hasan to major and into the heart of Fort Hood while ignoring everything that mattered about the essence of this man.
Since 9/11, we have, as the Twitterers recommend, judged people by their actions flying planes into skyscrapers, blowing themselves up in Bali nightclubs or London Tube trains, planting IEDs by the roadside in Baghdad or Tikrit. And on the whole were effective at responding with action of our own taking out training camps in Afghanistan, rolling up insurgency networks in Fallujah and Ramadi, intercepting terror plots in London and Toronto and Dearborn.
But were scrupulously non-judgmental about the ideology that drives a man to fly into a building or self-detonate on the subway, and thus we have a hole at the heart of our strategy. We use rhetorical conveniences like radical Islam or, if that seems a wee bit Islamophobic, just plain old radical extremism. But we never make any effort to delineate the line which separates radical Islam from non-radical Islam.
Indeed, we go to great lengths to make it even fuzzier. And somewhere in that woozy blur the pathologies of a Nidal Malik Hasan incubate. An army psychiatrist, Major Hasan was an American, born and raised, who graduated from Viriginia Tech and then received his doctorate from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, which works out to the best part of half-a-million dollars worth of elite education. But he opposed Americas actions in the Middle East and Afghanistan, and made approving remarks about jihadists on American soil. You need to lock it up, Major, cautioned his superior officer, Colonel Terry Lee.
But he didnt really need to lock it up at all. He could pretty much say anything he liked, and if any red flags were raised they were quickly mothballed. Lots of people are anti-war. Some of them are objectively on the other side thats to say, they encourage and support attacks on American troops and civilians. But not many of those in that latter category are US Army majors. Or so one would hope. Yet why be surprised? Azad Ali, a man who approvingly quotes such observations as If I saw an American or British man wearing a soldiers uniform inside Iraq I would kill him because that is my obligation is an advisor to Britains Crown Prosecution Service (the equivalent of the US attorneys). In Toronto this week, the brave ex-Muslim Nonie Darwish mentioned en passant that, on flying from the US to Canada, she was questioned at length about the purpose of her visit by an apparently Muslim border official. When she revealed that she was giving a speech about Islamic law, he rebuked her: We are not to question Sharia.
Thats the guy manning the airport security desk. In The New York Times, Maria Newman touched on Hasans faith only obliquely: He was single, according to the records, and he listed no religious preference. Thank goodness for that, eh? A neighbor in Texas says the major had Allah and another word pinned up in Arabic on his door. Akbar maybe? On Thursday morning he is said to have passed out copies of the Koran to his neighbors. He shouted in Arabic as he fired.
But dont worry: As the FBI spokesman assured us in nothing flat, theres no terrorism angle.
Thats true, in a very narrow sense: Major Hasan is not a card-carrying member of the Texas branch of al-Qaeda reporting to a control officer in Yemen or Waziristan. If he were, things would be a lot easier. But the same pathologies that drive al-Qaeda beat within Major Hasan too, and in the end his Islamic impulses trumped his expensive western education, his psychiatric training, his military discipline his entire American identity. One might say the same about Faleh Hassan Almaleki of Glendale, Arizona, arrested last week after fatally running over his too westernized daughter Noor in the latest American honor killing. Or the two US residents one American, one Canadian arrested a few days earlier for plotting to fly to Denmark for the purposes of murdering the editor who commissioned the famous Mohammed cartoons. But Noor Almalekis brother shrugs thats just the way it is. One thing to one culture doesnt make sense to another culture, he says.
Indeed. To infidels, Islam is in a certain sense unknowable, and most of us are content to leave it at that. The vast majority of Muslims dont conspire to kill cartoonists or murder their daughters or shoot dozens of their fellow soldiers. But Islam inspires enough of this behavior to make it a legitimate topic of analysis. Dont hold your breath. Wed rather talk about anything else even in the army.
What happened to those men and women at Fort Hood had a horrible symbolism: Members of the best trained, best equipped fighting force on the planet gunned down by a guy who said a few goofy things no one took seriously. And thats the problem: America has the best troops and fiercest firepower, but no strategy for throttling the ideology that drives the enemy in Afghanistan and in Texas.
The teachable moment here is:
An American Woman Took down one of your tiny zib brethern!
An American Woman Stopped Jihad Nidal!
An American Woman Doesnt take shit off any two bit, mealy mouthed, American hating muslim.
A Woman, An American Woman, bested your guy.
I read that Huffington Post was trying to promote that we don’t know whether he was Muslim or not.
I guess they didn’t get the memo. I heard his relative, cousin I believe; say he was always a Muslim when asked if he had converted.
Another one hit out of the park by the incomparable Steyn.
I wish he wasn’t right on this one, but he certainly is.
Yesterday a video of him in a store was posted. IIRC, the Muslim owner reported that Hasan berated him for not going to the mosque enough.
That’s enough to convince me he is Muslim. Not to mention that he was dressed in Muslim garb.
Oh I bet our troops are paying attention though.
Thanks for posting this. Was listening to Steyn on Rush’s show just a bit ago—he nails it.
"You need to lock it up?"
This commanding Officer has a lot to answer for.
And there you have it, folks! There you have Islam's Curse, in six little words!
Islam will NEVER have a "Reformation" that will bring it into the modern age, like the one that shook Christianity. There will NEVER be a Muslim equivalent to Martin Luther, nailing his list of grievances to the church (mosque) door.
Islam is vehement (and violent) about its infallibility and utterly unwilling to hear even the hint of anything new. The sharia laws that applied to Muslims centuries ago remain inviolable and unchanging, even in our modern era. Really now, amputation for theft? Stoning? Come on!
Every syllable of the Koran is written in stone because it is THE WORD OF GOD, don't you know! Of course, how those words got onto the page without (a) human intermediaries or (b) God picking up a quill and ink, have never been explained adequately to me. And they never will.
Islam's refusal to greet the 21st Century will (one may hope) be its downfall. Intelligent people see through the violence and the madness and they want something more appropriate. Islam, as they learn eventually, ain't it.
Awesome. Steyn is the hammer coming down on the multicultural nail. Thanks for posting.
Then we need to reform it for them. And frankly, if the end result of that reformation is that there is no more islam, that works for me.
Kim Munley, well done.
Munley is her name,
Dispatching Jihadis is her game.
Thanks,....passing it one.
Excellent piece by Steyn.
God help us!
Fair enough. Let's do the math. Assume for the sake of argument that 95% of Muslims are peaceful, non-murdering types. With over 1 billion Muslims in the world, that leaves 50,000,000 of them out to do us harm.
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