It’s not the whole truth. It’s not “Fort Hood massacre was jihad,” although even that word comes up. It’s not an acknowledgment that the attack was motivated by the same murderous ideology that took down the Twin Towers and that threatens Israel and other free nations around the world every day, but it’s a step.
“Senators say Fort Hood shooting was terrorism: Several lawmakers and terror experts at Senate hearings on the Fort Hood shooting Thursday called the incident a terrorist attack, and warned of the danger of homegrown jihad,” by Patrik Jonsson for The Christian Science Monitor, November 19:
The Senate Homeland Security Committee Thursday began its probe into the Nov. 5 Fort Hood shooting with few details about what everyone really wants to know: the true motives of alleged shooter Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan.
Nevertheless, several lawmakers at the hearing called the rampage a terrorist attack.
That label was supported by most of the terror experts who testified at the Senate hearing. Addressing questions about how red flags were missed in the lead-up to the rampage, experts pinpointed a rise in homegrown terrorism and expressed the need for the government to establish, in the words of retired Army Gen. John Keane, “clear specific guidelines as to what is jihadist extremist behavior, how do you identify this behavior, and how does it manifest itself?”
Uh, yeah. One would think that such a thing would have been in place for years now — long enough for clear-eyed and clear-minded people, i.e., those more interested in truth than in political correctness, to realize that there was nothing “extremist” about Hasan’s actions from the standpoint of the Koran and Sunnah. But of course nothing like this is in place at all. CAIR and its allies, with their campaign of intimidation and obfuscation, have made sure of that.
The Fort Hood shooting, like no other incident, has “fueled discussion about the spectre of violent extremist ideology in our midst,” said Juan Zarate, the former Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism.
“There is no smoking gun that reveals Hasan’s true motivations and signaled intent, so the patchwork of data points and behavioral clues in light of the incident … appear to point to a path of violence,” he added. “The question then is whether the data points were seen and evaluated properly.”…
No smoking gun. He passed out Korans on the day of the shooting and shouted “Allahu akbar” as he shot, but really, it all could have been about the poor quality of the food available at Fort Hood.
News reports have detailed the failure of the military to report up the chain of command the disturbing and delusionary behavior Hasan exhibited. Some have suggested this was partly because of the fear of appearing to be targeting a Muslim.
“Political correctness played a role,” according to Keane. “It shouldn’t have to be an act of moral courage on behalf of a soldier to report behavior that we should not be tolerating within the military; it should be an obligation.”