Lest We forget The Gates Of Vienna

At the siege of Vienna in 1683 Islam seemed poised to overrun Christian Europe.

We are in a new phase of a very old war. 

At the siege of Vienna in 1683 Islam seemed poised to overrun Christian Europe.

Gates of Vienna in 1683

I love this place, Gates of Vienna ~ Meander around this site for some juicy unadulterated news of what is really happening as “Rome is falling”… 

 From a post written June 14, 2006 @ Gates of Vienna
Political Correctness — The Revenge of Marxism
The noted blogger Fjordman wrote this report as a guest-post at Gates of Vienna. 

Folks, I remember when I read this post over a year ago and of course I wished to share it at that time but never did, please forgive me. Well, here it is for your beloved enjoyment! People, beautiful people creeping sharia is ever creeping and mutating it’s blind DARK hate against a world filled with LIGHT. The battle between good and evil rages on, however we know God is the Victor! Amen. Liberal, Marxist, Communist freaks need not apply; read it and weep, damnit.

How about this folks? I’m sorry but this is so scary and creepy as this whole Muslim Brotherhood unfolds -again; Darkness hating the light while blindly trying to extinguish the presence of good with hatred, WTH?
Andrew Bostom on the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

How about this for your illegal aliens?  I got your “immigration” there brother.  The Art of Strategic Citizenship — Part 3

Sad, but folks silencing of Conservatives WORLWIDE is a PROBLEM! Doggoneit!
Silencing Those Who Say There is a Problem

 Hey, how ’bout some good ‘ol Newsfeed from Gates of Vienna.  Gates of Vienna News Feed 1/30/2011

Sounds a lot like what is happening in Egypt????
Saturday, November 19, 2005  “When an Arab torches a school, it’s rebellion. When a white guy does it, it’s fascism.”  Commenting on the Jihad riots in France in the fall of 2005, philosopher Alain Finkielkraut stated: “In France, they would like very much to reduce these riots to their social dimension, to see them as a revolt of youths from the suburbs against their situation, against the discrimination they suffer from, against the unemployment. The problem is that most of these youths are blacks or Arabs, with a Muslim identity. Look, in France there are also other immigrants whose situation is difficult — Chinese, Vietnamese, Portuguese — and they’re not taking part in the riots. Therefore, it is clear that this is a revolt with an ethno-religious character. These people were treated like rebels, like revolutionaries. (…) They’re ‘interesting.’ They’re ‘the wretched of the earth.’ “Imagine for a moment that they were whites, like in Rostock in Germany. Right away, everyone would have said: ‘Fascism won’t be tolerated.’ When an Arab torches a school, it’s rebellion. When a white guy does it, it’s fascism. Evil is evil, no matter what color it is.”

Additional Reading
Larger than Life, Voting Female SpeaksAttacks on Sarah Palin; Someone needs to read Left Wing their Miranda Rights
God Bless the United States of America! Voting AmericanImagine Life in a Liberal America, the year 2 0 2 5
Things will arise and he will comment! Cmblake6Okay, for today we have these three.
Conservative Black Female Republican Blog. Arlene ArmyMerry Christmas Patriots! Good News! Santa Claus is a Republican!
Be sure you’re right.  Then go ahead. Bob MackNight Of The Living Brain-Dead
Real Freedom lies in the Wilderness, Not Civiliation!  Mountain Republic  Kill Switch
Patriotic Resistance and Common Sense Freedom Wings!  FL Court Rules Individual Mandate Is Unconstitutional
Four Red Bulls A Day. The State of Christianity Today
Too Small To Succeed. Michael Savage Trickle Up Poverty


Ramp Ceremony

Hero Soldiers being sent home

Hero Soldiers being sent home

 We know these are happening nearly everyday as we go along here minding our own business.  A wife, a mother, a husband, a father, a family is mourning the loss of a loved one.  Perhaps wishing the world would stop revolving.

The cruel reality is that while we currently live free (I wonder for how much longer) it is because the sacrifice of these soldiers.

I know very little about Ramp Ceremonies other than this is the honoring of the life lost in battle.  Where a soldiers remains are loaded onto a C130 via the Ramp.   Service men from every branch attend these ramp ceremonies nearly every day in Afghanistan.
Be mindful of the high price of Freedom and do not let slimy parasitic politicians that know niether victory nor defeat steal our freedom.

Deadliest Month in Afghanistan   6 US service members have been killed in Afghanistan, bringing the toll for July to 66 & making it the deadliest month in the near-nine-year war.

Additiona Reading

Voting Female  A dialog echoed around this country
LisainTX  Our Food Supply, deadly soft kill
CMBlake6  Serious Stuff

Defend Michael Behenna

Defend an American Hero

You know I have heard of this soldier but had never researched to find the truth. Well, here it is.

Good freakin’ grief. The Obama administration has lost their mind. What the hell?
You know there is something dead wrong when America won’t defend the brave men who defend our country. This is ludicrous and unbelievable.

Please contact the Michael Behenna Defense Fund where you can watch an Interview on Michael Savage Show, see a Letter to Secretary Robert Gates, read The Michael Behenna Story by Carrie Fatigante, see Clemency Letter from Oklahoma Congressional Delegation, read LA Times article on Michael – Part 1, read LA Times article on Michael – Part 2, SIGN PETITION and know The Testimony The Prosecutors Didn’t Let The Jury Hear (From Their Own Expert Witness)

This atrocity must not be allowed to continue.  I have never trained as an Army Ranger, but I know about some of the training these men receive, a life they prepare to live all for the sake of honor and serving this great country.  The seven army values are: Loyalty | Duty | Respect | Selfless service | Honor | Integrity | Personal courage.  Do you have any idea what it takes to uphold these? These values according to TRADOC (The army training and Doctrine Command).

Let’s take “Selfless Service” = Selfless service is placing your duty before your personal desires. It is the ability to endure hardships and insurmountable odds because of love of fellow Soldiers and our country.

Placing your duty before your personal desires has always been key to the uniqueness of the American Soldier. As citizen-Soldiers, we claim our service to the nation, state and community to be an especially valuable contribution. Imagine a unit where the value of selfless service was not instilled. The unit receives a call to active duty and has only two weeks to deploy. Instead of the unit working as a cohesive team in preparation for deployment, many Soldiers start to actively seek ways to avoid deployment. Remember, the selfless Soldier does not make decisions and take actions designed to promote self, further a career or enhance personal comfort.

For leaders, the age-old phrase of “mission, men and me” still rings true today. Selfless service is the force that encourages every Soldier. It is critical to the esprit and well-being of military organizations. By serving selflessly while on and off duty, we greatly enhance our value to our fellow citizens.

Or, how about LOYALTY, Obama FAILS the first test.  Good freakin’ grief.

Loyalty = Loyalty is the faithful adherence to a person, unit or Army. It is the thread that binds our actions together and causes us to support each other, our superiors, our family and our country. Loyalty: bear true faith and allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, the Army, your unit and other Soldiers

Supporting a superior or a program even though it is being openly criticized by peers or subordinates requires courage and loyalty. A loyal intermediate would try to explain the rationale behind the decision and support the decision maker. When we establish loyalty to our Soldiers, the unit, our superiors, our family and the Army, we must be sure the “correct ordering” of our obligations are being accomplished and not the easiest. There is no clear rule as to which comes first. Sometimes it will be the service, sometimes the family and sometimes the Soldier.

Open criticism and being disloyal to leaders, Soldiers and the Army destroys the foundation of the organization and results in diminished mission accomplishment. However, loyalty should not be confused with blind obedience to illegal orders. We all take the oath to obey the orders of superiors appointed over us “according to law and regulations.”

Do you think Mr. Obama or any of the politicians (short of the ones that have already served) would ever/could ever give “SELFLESS SERVIE”.  Hell no.

To read more about the Army Core Values.  These are army core values, not Ranger values.  An army Ranger is much much more.

Additional Reading
CMBlake, I’ve posted it before, YES. Tarheeltalker Washington Style Jeopardy  Voting Female SPEAKS! Murtha – It aint America No Mo Tea Party Voters show shift in PA LisainTX Illuminati: Mongol of the New World Order? Voting Female Speaks! Obama to Senate Dems   Obama didnt’ say anything negative about Las Vegas!  Foxwoods Massachusetts Massacre! SamHenry’s Obama Unleashed  Rjjrd Obama to give Haitian Gangs Amnesty Tarheeltalker Has the 2012 Campaign begun? Diary of a Mad Conservative SCOTUS rules to protect free speech Good Time Politics Obama falls into a big sinkhole! Dancing with Czars Rathke and SEIU speaking on 2010 Census????? LisainTX MLK was a Progressive???? M2-Freeviews Dem Healthcare Ponzi Scheme  Diane at FreedomSwings UK goes to Severe Terrorist Alert  CMBlake6 Henry Wallace biggest M…. Newsbird, you go girl!  Michelle Obama appears to have plastic surgery to remove her PERMANENT SCOWL, Buck Teeth I guess we’d have to remove her elbows to keep her arms from going all the way to her knees, oh good grief! Foxwood at The Animal Farm Progressive Pinheads

B. Hussein O. and his Radical Agenda to kill off America, not hard to figure out at all


This is what Osama Obama thinks about every single American, Liberal or Conservative...he is not discriminating, He hates you ALL THE SAME!

Yes, that is correct The Usurper in Chief has an agenda and it is not hard to figure out, actually the man is an open book, in regards to his Radical about near crazy (people I have come to beleive without a doubt the man is Schizophrenic (we know narcissistic)) Communist Agenda.  Did I say Obama is an “Open Book”?  Well of course we know that is only true of his Communist Agenda and Intentions.  He is a closed book when it comes to his credentials (NONE) to be an American President.  Yes his first day in office and first line of business was to further conceal his records.

Hey folks, had to throw this in here.  Have you noticed how freakin stupid and idiotic this administration is?  The OBAMA administration has Changed Osama Bin Laden’s NAME!!!! Ahahahaha  What a bunch of weenies! Just like their leader follower is.   They are so scared about every time anyone (AND THEY HAVE) slips up and calls Barack Obama, Barack Osama! Ahahahahha.

ISN’T THAT FUNNY?????????  I think it’s hilarious! Ahahaha

Hey! Why doesn’t he take Michelle to the Muslim countries? Huh? Because he’d have to bust her in the chops on a regular basis and we all know Michelle busts him in the chops, Michelle runs that house, In other words, Michelle wears the pants and Osama Obama wears the lace on his panites.

All one has to do is just look at the proof we have of his constant and consistant hiding of his personal records.  His first day in office was to further conceal his records from the public eye.  You think he’s honest? Nope.  No, No he’s not, actually he is a very corrupt, diabolical, and dishonest person.  Since day one of his campaign then presidency, he has done nothing but tell one bald face lie after the other.  Constantly.  It truly is disgusting.  Amazing and disgusting.

Yes, now we know people in Washington hell bent on keeping the Clinton’s out of the White House dug this dirt bag up and shoved him to the front line. 

To further the American Dream? NO.

To have the first black (half/whatever) president? NO.

For the good of America? NO.

We know now, it’s because he is and has been nothing but a puppet to further the Radical Communist Agenda of the exact people that put his ridiculous self in any political office at all.  Obama was totally raised and indoctrinated by the same freaks that are destroying America and Americans every month all over the world; Muslim Islamic Extremist bastards. Marxist, Communist, Extremist hell bent on the destruction of America.

Oh, and now Osama has got everyone (dems, lefties, lame stream media, etc.) calling every screw up because, “We inherited this mess”, what babies, unable to move forward only continuing the “blame game”.  This just proves what weak scared weenies they all are.  Good freakin’ grief.

Further reading!

Voting Female Speaks!:  MSNBC’s take on Scott Brown? Vote 10 times to keep ‘those bastards out’; Ed? you gonna do a shooting spree next?

Coakley to Mass Voters: “Curt Schilling (Scott Brown supporter) is a Yankees Fan”; That’s equiv to telling voters Obama is a Republican; On What PLANET do you live?!?!; Update: Response from Curt Schilling

Free Views: The Democrat-Socialist “Solution” to Healthcare Can be Summarized with 2 Words

Kyniko’s Moonbat Patrol: Obama Schlepping For Newsweek Magazine??

On My Watch The writings of Sam Henry: Breaking OFA Letter sends troops after Talk Radio

Check out CREEPING SHARIA for a real Kick in the pants! Los Angeles Firm Launches Sharia-Compliant Hedge Fund

Check out Dancing Czars Brown Supporters: The Most Motivated Voters Ever?

Check out “From the Right” Unprecedented Warming and Swimming in Cash

Over Three Dozen Terrorist Training Camps in USA-Video

Hello People, what is so great about several of the Terrorist Training Camps is that Muslim Women are taught to slit the throats of their victims, law abiding Americans of course. See this way they can be very close to the people they intend to infiltrate and murder, isn’t that sweet? These are not Domestic Terrorist, these are the real McCoy! Oh yes they are, you know…The Muslims Islamic Extremist ones, Not the Domestic Terrorist. The only Domestic Terrorist we have are running ruining our country and the government as we speak.

Many of these Terrorist Training Camps are in the Northeast; specifically Hancock, New York. These terrorist and their terrorist camps within the United States are claiming a Muslim majority in the US of A and are “digging in”.

Has anyone wondered why the president does not go to church? I think I can tell you, he’s a closet Muslim and the only reason he attended the Racist Jeremiah Wrights church was because he indoctrinated his congreation in American and Whitie Hate, straight up and B Hussein O LOVED IT!

Dirt Bag Nadal Hasan is being hailed as Allah’s Hero, Ahahahahah.  It has now been proved Coward Hasan had many connections with the Muslim Establishment in the United States.  Remember he yelled Allah Akbar as he cowardly, shamelessly, and brutally murdered 14 unarmed army comrades.  Not only is Nadal Hasan a dirt bag, but a COWARD Too.  Apparently that is what Muslim Islamic Extremist Desire to be remembered as, Scum Bag Cowards.  I really cannot see any act they commit as anything but. I know how proud Muslim Islamic Extremist’s must be of this fact.

Here is a video Muslime Woman (Muslim Islamic Extremist’s) training in the US at throat slitting and etc. by the group, Jamaat ul-Fuqra.

America needs to shut up and hold the CAIR Council on American-Islamic Relations responsible as well as many other Muslim Islamic Facades in the USA accountable and kick their Jihad butts back to where they came from.  Yes of course the Lame Stream Media Government Run Media is partly to blame as they have refused to report The Terrorist ties CAIR currently has.  Despite CAIR’s obvious ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas as well as their agenda to infiltrate and take over America; Americans appear to obviously still be in denial of their ridiculous Pro-Jihadist appetite.

Read More Here

Read Voting Females Blog of Sarah Palin has the answers, Obama Does not; Lastest Al Qaeda Recrutment Tool: Janet Incompitano’s Infidel Photo Invasion of Islamic Modesty

Read Creeping Sharia Blog of Illinois State Police hire Hamas-linked Muslim chaplain

Read Arlenearmys Blog Obama Invites Black Panther Leader to White House

Anwar al-Awlaki and dirt bag Nidal Hasan

Wanted: Alive for deportation to desert in wheelchair, check on in two weeks. Does not deserve U.S. Execution by firing squad

Wanted: Alive for deportation to the nearest desert, leave Hasan in wheelchair. NOTE: check on Hasan in two weeks. Hasan does not deserve U.S. Execution by firing squad

This one is for killroy and his friends…

Posted: 24 Dec 2009 06:18 AM PST

This story seems to blow the lid off the killings at Fort Hood. Anwar al-Awlaki, a Muslim cleric who is a U.S. citizen now living in Yemen, says that the mass murdering major, Khalid Hasan, asked and was given by him a religious ruling authorizing him to shoot the soldiers. This would prove premeditation, a rational decision based on Islamic law, and the Jihadist motivation of the attack beyond any ability to conceal it.

Awlaki’s al-Jazira interview is translated by MEMRI which, it should be noted, does not at all sensationalize the story. While Awlaki could be talking big or “taking credit” for the terrorist operation, he was the imam at Hasan’s mosque in the Washington DC area for some time. His account is credible though it obviously should be investigated closely.

According to the interview, Hasan sent Awlaki an email on December 17, 2008, in which he asked, in Awlaki’s words whether “killing American soldiers and officers…is a religiously legitimate act or not.”

After an extensive correspondence, Awlaki complied, blessing the attack three days before it happened:

“Because Nidal’s target was a military target inside America, and there is no question about this. Then, also, those members of the military were not regular soldiers; rather they were prepared and preparing themselves to go to battle and to kill downtrodden Muslims and to commit crimes in Afghanistan….”

This information is of the greatest importance. Hasan went to his imam, asked to be assured that shooting his fellow soldiers was a recommended deed under Islamic law, and was told to go ahead. Incidentally, Awlaki has thus become an accessory to the crime and U.S. authorities should ask the Yemeni government to ensure he can be interviewed and extradited.

The ABC network’s coverage claims that it was not clear from the transcript whether Awlaki gave Hasan a green light to kill his fellow American soldiers. While Awlaki doesn’t say in so many words that he told him to go ahead, it is quite clear from the transcript that this is precisely what he did do.

Some reports of a Yemeni government air attack on an al-Qaida meeting claim that Awlaki was one of the targets.

Once again, MEMRI has done excellent work and you might consider making a donation to them. The full text of the interview can be obtained by writing memri@memri.org or jttmsubs@memri.org. with the words “Al-Awlaki Interview” in the subject line.

Barry Rubin is director of the Global Research in International Affairs (GLORIA) Center and editor of the Middle East Review of International Affairs (MERIA) Journal. His latest books are The Israel-Arab Reader (seventh edition), The Long War for Freedom: The Arab Struggle for Democracy in the Middle East (Wiley), and The Truth About Syria (Palgrave-Macmillan). To read and subscribe to MERIA, GLORIA articles, or to order books. To see or subscribe to his blog, Rubin Reports.

Merry Christmas

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11

Christmas in America

With Dignity please… Not your usual MO with tail tucked, bowing and apologizing for the actions of a country you truly Do Not Represent and have an obvious Disdain for. You know it’s hard to hide the truth.

American’s Safety VS. Obama Arrogance and Ignorance

First off people, How freakin stupid?????? Stupid is as stupid does… That’s obvious, good freakin grief.

Not providing an appropriate number of troops to “get the job done” (because bho is so much more knowledgeable than seasoned military advisors)

Well, we all know what the H is going on, Obama does not give a crap about America only his Jihadist buddies and helping them. Excuse me, but Obama, ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS. Your actions are the most ignorant and show your obvious and VULGAR disdain for America and all her people.

All you people that are SMARTER THAN ME...Shut up and drink the Kool AideObama you spit in the face of Reason and Intelligence with your arrogant stupidity and ignorant DECISIONS.

Now, with your little “game” you play with the Military, America, and America’s future on your little, “Here is my military plan” (since you know so much about strategic military defense operations).

Well, how ’bout a little prophetic military insight from someone who does not portray to be a military defense know it all as Obama does? You know what I think will happen, good Lord we hope and pray it happens this way because it can’t happen without you Lord (divine intervention). Obama’s goal is for America to “die on the vine”, however General McCrystal being the seasoned military man that he is will do as we say and make Lemonade with the lemons Obama and Company have dealt him.

No, General McCrystal, nor will the American troops be supported by the president. They will be “given less to do more with” (as usual). Isn’t that Obama’s Modus Operanda unless you are ACORN, SIEU or some other corrupt organization? Then of course you get the “Lions Share”.

Yes, General McCrystal will do the best he and his troops can possibly do with the meager Obama droppings; you know why? Because THAT is what Good Army Generals Do! Doggoneit, they make the best of a bad situation and we all pray for the safety of our troops against the wiles of the devil (Islam).

You know the other thing Obama will do once General McCrystal has succeeded, Obama will take full credit because that is the kind of scum he is made of; imagine that.

Troop build up and sustainment has been part of the mission and has been going on since day one of this war; Don’t let Obama fool you into believing this was his idea because it was Bush’s idea.

The troop training for their own self sustainment has been going on for many years during this war. This is nothing new. I know and have known plenty of soldiers that have gone over and trained the Afghan troops.  The problem with a troop build up on their end is the constant fear and devastation brought on by the local terrorist groups that promise the Afghan soldiers bodily harm to their families for joining the Afghan army. Local terrorist groups offer safety, food, water, and shelter to those young men to join the terrorist groups as opposed to joining their own military to retain safety in the region.

THAT IS WHY GENERAL MCCRYSTAL NEEDED THE TROOPS HE ASKED FOR, not to be second guessed and insulted by some dumb butt community organizer.

Hey there is no one more than me that wants our troops home, but we want them home with Honor, Dignity, and the obviously Selfless Service they have provided.

We want VICTORY! Nothing Less

Definition of victory in Afghanistan for CRYBABY, LIBERAL, morons:  An Afghanistan with sufficient military and law enforcement personnel to sustain safety for the Afghanistan people. In other words, protect and remove the terrorist threat from within


Otherwise, coming home on Obama’s timetable will no doubt bring (within two weeks on to American Soil) The Taliban, Hamas, and every other self serving, disgusting, hateful mad men Terroist, Jihadist over here. These men will be right on our heels. Good Freakin Grief, They are already here and working just fine. Remember “Hasan” Obamas Homeland Security Guy that just hollered Allah Akbar and killed American soldiers on Fort Hood?

Hey? Who got me started on this anyway? If I come up dead or my knee caps rearranged, watch after my children until my husband returns from Afghanistan fighting for freedom.

Safety in The Military – what a bunch a bunk Now that Obama is in charge

Conservative Voices will NOT be silenced Anymore!Well, people this whole Fort Hood Islamic, Muslim Terrorist Act has my mind reeling as I’m sure it does yours.

My military career was been pretty uneventful as far as war time and here is basically how it went. Prior to attending the warrant officer academy I had a Frirst Sergeant that said “if you are not on the front line fighting the war, then you are supporting someone who is”. My friends, that is true. Eventhough I do lament about not being part and figting on foriegn soil against the GWOT I am proud of the work I did to support those “frontline” soldiers, airmen, marines, sailors, and coast guard warriors.

I joined the Army, trained active duty boot camp at Fort Jackson, SC, assumed assignment to a National Guard Unit where I was further trained active duty at Fort Bragg (home of the 82nd Airborne), Fort Benning (home of the infantry), Fort Belvoir, (home to Army Information Systems Command, Army Intelligence and Security Command, Defense Logistics Agency and Defense Technical Information Service), Connecticut Military Camp Installation, (Niantic, CT), Randolph Air Force Base (home of Air Education and Training Command for AF or DoD), Camp Shelby, Mississippi, Alabama Military Academy (Fort McClellan), 117th Regiment Tennessee Military Academy, Camp Joseph Robinson, AK, Maxwell, AFB, Gunter, AFB. Many meetings  and work in Washington,DC (the security wsa unreal(great)) I’m sure there may be more but it doesn’t really matter, what matters is:

No military Post or Base that I have ever been to, been trained at, visited, taught, conferenced at, etc., have I ever been in fear for my life.  Especially not one time in my military career have I ever feared some freakin’ Jihadist opeing fire on me and my battle buddies whilst we were going about our duties.  Now, I’ve been told and heard that soldiers are cowaring and fliniching all over their posts. You may say I’m crazy, but when I’m on Post or Base, I never lock my car doors. If you can’t trust the military who the heck can you trust?

Now, GUESS WHAT? Under the Obama administration and all this stinking political correctness you are more apt to be gunned down simply doing your duty on Post or on Base by a Muslim/Islamic Extremest Jihadist Wackjob. You know what is worse? Obama does not give a screaming crap in hell. Hey people, don’t forget Obama is a freakin Jihadist too, he’s a liar, he’s a closet muslim (amongst other closet activities of his).

Hey all you Obama Jihadist Muslim Extremist denial wackjobs, GUESS WHAT????? Obama, OBAMA tapped him to be in his (Obama’s) Home Land Security Task Force…. HOW STUPID IS THAT????? Can you say Obama is a Jihadist Sympathiser???? YES…True, True…

What does that say about his character? Not much in my opinion, why? Because Obama Hussein is not much…just a pos…

Oh, don’t forget, The Obama Administration has stopped any investigation into the Massacre at Fort Hood. What does that tell you? Huh?

Obama not forthcoming about Fort Hood Massacre

Our Country is hosed

Funny how Obama had no problem jumping to conclusions when he called the police boneheads for arresting the black Harvard professor, but doesn’t want to come to any hasty conclusions with a Muslim terrorist.

Injured Soldier at Fort Hood after Muslim/Islamic Premeditated Massacre Rampage by Terrorist Hasan

Injured Soldier at Fort Hood after Muslim/Islamic Premeditated Massacre Rampage by Terrorist Hasan

Dr. Phil and the Fort Hood Killer
His terrorist motive is obvious to everyone but the press and the Army brass.

It can by now come as no surprise that the Fort Hood massacre yielded an instant flow of exculpatory media meditations on the stresses that must have weighed on the killer who mowed down 13 Americans and wounded 29 others. Still, the intense drive to wrap this clear case in a fog of mystery is eminently worthy of notice.
The tide of pronouncements and ruminations pointing to every cause for this event other than the one obvious to everyone in the rational world continues apace. Commentators, reporters, psychologists and, indeed, army spokesmen continue to warn portentously, “We don’t yet know the motive for the shootings.”

What a puzzle this piece of vacuity must be to audiences hearing it, some, no doubt, with outrage. To those not terrorized by fear of offending Muslim sensitivities, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s motive was instantly clear: It was an act of terrorism by a man with a record of expressing virulent, anti-American, pro-jihadist sentiments. All were conspicuous signs of danger his Army superiors chose to ignore.

What is hard to ignore, now, is the growing derangement on all matters involving terrorism and Muslim sensitivities. Its chief symptoms: a palpitating fear of discomfiting facts and a willingness to discard those facts and embrace the richest possible variety of ludicrous theories as to the motives behind an act of Islamic terrorism. All this we have seen before but never in such naked form. The days following the Fort Hood rampage have told us more than we want to know, perhaps, about the depth and reach of this epidemic.
One of the first outbreaks of these fevers, the night of the shootings, featured television’s star psychologist, Dr. Phil, who was outraged when fellow panelist and former JAG officer Tom Kenniff observed that he had been listening to a lot of psychobabble and evasions about Maj. Hasan’s motives.
A shocked Dr. Phil, appalled that the guest had publicly mentioned Maj. Hasan’s Islamic identity, went on to present what was, in essence, the case for Maj. Hasan as victim. Victim of deployment, of the Army, of the stresses of a new kind of terrible war unlike any other we have known. Unlike, can he have meant, the kind endured by those lucky Americans who fought and died at Iwo Jima, say, or the Ardennes?

It was the same case to be presented, in varying forms, by guest psychologists, the media, and a representative or two from the military, for days on end.

The quality and thrust of this argument was best captured by the impassioned Dr. Phil, who asked us to consider, “how far out of touch with reality do you have to be to kill your fellow Americans . . . this is not a well act.” And how far out of touch with reality is such a question, one asks in return—not only of Dr. Phil, but of the legions of commentators like him immersed in the labyrinths of motive hunting even as the details of Maj. Hasan’s proclivities became ever clearer and more ominous.

To kill your fellow Americans—as many as possible, unarmed and in the most helpless of circumstances, while shouting “Allahu Akbar” (God is great), requires, of course, only murderous hatred—the sort of mindset that regularly eludes the Dr. Phils of our world as the motive for mass murder of this kind.

As the meditations on Maj. Hasan’s motives rolled on, “fear of deployment” has served as a major theme—one announced as fact in the headline for the New York Times’s front-page story: “Told of War Horror, Gunman Feared Deployment.” The authority for this intelligence? The perpetrator’s cousin. No story could have better suited that newspaper’s ongoing preoccupation with the theme of madness in our fighting men, and the deadly horrors of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, than this story of a victim of war pressures gone berserk. The one fly in the ointment—Maj. Hasan had of course seen no war, and no combat.

Still, with a bit of stretching, adherents of Maj. Hasan-as-war-victim theme found a substitute of sorts—namely the fears allegedly provoked in him by his exposure, as an army psychiatrist, to the stories of men who had been deployed. The thesis then: Maj. Hasan’s mental stress, provoked by the suffering of Americans who had been in combat, caused him to go out and butcher as many of these soldiers as he could. Let’s try putting that one before a jury.
By Sunday morning, Gen. George Casey Jr., Army chief of staff, confronted questions put to him by ABC’s George Stephanopolous—among them the matter of the complaints about Maj. Hasan’s anti-American tirades that were made by fellow students in military classes, as well as other danger signs ignored by officials when they were reported, apparently for fear of offense to a Muslim member of the military.
These were speculations, Gen. Casey repeatedly cautioned. We need to be very careful, he explained, “We are a very diverse army.” Mr. Stephanopolous then helpfully summarized matters: This case then was either a case of premeditated terror—or the man just snapped.

The general was not about to address such questions. He was there to recite the required pieties, and describe the military priorities . . . which are, it appears, a concern above all for the sensitivities of a diverse army, a concern so great as to render even the mention of salient facts out of order, as “speculation.'” “This terrible event,” Gen. Casey noted, “would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity becomes a casualty.”

To hear this, and numerous other such pronouncements of recent days, was to be reminded of all those witnesses to the suspicious behavior of the 9/11 hijackers who held their tongues for fear of being charged with discrimination. It has taken Maj. Hasan, and the fantastic efforts to explain away his act of bloody hatred, to bring home how much less capable we are of recognizing the dangers confronting us than we were even before September 11.
Corrections & Amplifications: Maj. Hasan is a psychiatrist. An earlier version of the article stated he was a psychologist.
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