Streetwise Professor

November 6, 2009

Death by PC?

Filed under: Military,Politics — The Professor @ 7:40 pm

If corroborated, the numerous stories that Fort Hood murderer Malik Hasan openly expressed jihadist sympathies and that this was known to law enforcement authorities and to his comrades in the Army, raise the distinct possibility that the dead and wounded were victims of political correctness as well as Hasan.  Fears of offending; fears of being perceived as intolerant; fears of transgressing the invisible lines of the politically acceptable; all plausibly permitted a patently unsuitable individual to remain in the service, and to be in a position to act out his jihadist hatreds.  I daresay that the career of anyone who dared to challenge Hasan’s statements and beliefs would have been in more jeopardy than Hasan’s was for his making and holding them.

It suggests that the best way for a jihadist to escape official scrutiny is to be quite open about his beliefs.

The event also shows that the safest place for a mass shooter is in a “gun free” zone.

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  1. More ridiculous, risible racism from SWP.

    1. There are many goings postals, enabled and encouraged by corporatist fascism (see Mark Ames’ writings on the topic).
    2. Whites and the government have killed far more and far more frequently than Hasan.
    3. The media and authorities try to paint his as an Islamist mood to deflect attention from their wars and imperialism, just as the right-wing freaks equate opposition to the wars with pro-terrorist, anti-American sentiment
    4. Said wars have killed far more Muslims (100,000’s) and Americans (1,000’s) than Hasan, a guy who just snapped at the injustice of it all, could dream of.
    5. “It suggests that the best way for a jihadist to escape official scrutiny is to be quite open about his beliefs.” Lol. I wonder why it is only now they are coming out with evidence of his jihadi sympathies?? I smell fabrication. Anyhow, what about the free speech / freedom of conscience SWP pretends to love so much???

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — November 6, 2009 @ 8:41 pm

  2. you accuse SWP of racism, then immediately make a racist comment about ‘whites’. Projection mean anything to you?

    Comment by KMcC — November 6, 2009 @ 9:22 pm

  3. S/O-

    Even more than the usual quota of drooling non-sequiturs from you.

    1. Look up “race” in the dictionary.
    2. Look at my post and see if there is anything remotely related to race in it. Hint: Religion/religious fanaticism and race are completely distinct subjects.
    3. Look at your reference in your #2 re “whites.”
    4. Look to see whether YOUR picture is in said dictionary next to definition of racist.
    5. Nobody has to paint Maj. Hasan as an Islamist. His self-portrait is more than sufficient. Read the coverage objectively, son. You are in denial.
    6. Muslims kill more Muslims routinely than the US has. Indeed, the US has saved more Muslims from being killed by other Muslims than any other nation in the world–every effing Muslim nation included.
    7. Re your number 5. You are a fool, because you made my point. They ignored his jihadi sympathies before, enabling him to act on them. It is impossible to ignore them now. Impossible, that is, except for in-denial fools.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 6, 2009 @ 10:06 pm

  4. The apotheosis of the multi-culti is tolerance of the intolerant. Turn the other cheek, nay, put one’s head on the chopping block – that is the height of it! BTW, how’s the Reconquista going?

    Comment by So? — November 6, 2009 @ 10:21 pm

  5. 1. Recognizing the unique contribution of whites towards racism, genocide, sexism, cultural imperialism, etc, is not racist – and I say that as a white male.

    2. Just in Iraq the last 5 years the US has killed 1.5mn (?) Muslims, and before that 0.5mn children from sanctions. That alone I am pretty sure more than cancels out any it has saved.

    3. Being an Islamist doesn’t mean you deserve to be discriminated against. We should try to reach understanding and tolerance, not hatred. Plus, freedom of speech and all that???

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — November 7, 2009 @ 12:00 am

  6. Look how some Western neolibs and neocons have sucked up to a certain “street” in former Yugo.

    Political correctness?

    Orthodox Christian extremists don’t commit suicidal acts against others to highlight their cause. See Karatnycky:

    http://www.leaderu.com/ftissues/ft9908/opinion/karatnycky.html

    Sarcastically put and without meaning to Muslim bash: perhaps if they did, there would be a greater “understanding” of their views.

    Comment by Avenger — November 7, 2009 @ 7:00 am

  7. Recall that comment about the chickens coming home to roost after Kennedy’s assassination. I’m in partial agreement with each of the diverse views expressed so far at this thread.

    Likewise with what someone had communicated elsewhere:

    Major Malik Nadal Hasan falsely swore to uphold the United States Constitution when he enlisted in the US Army. For this he should be court-martialed. He should also be stripped of his US citizenship, as well as tried for hate crimes and murder.

    You swore an oath to uphold the Constitution, but violate this by permitting entry to the USA of persons sworn to overthrow our system of government. This includes all adherents of any faith or code that calls for the destruction of the United States Constitution, a goal that is repeatedly spelled out in the pages of the Koran and derivative works.

    The founder of US-backed Bosnian president Alija Izetbegovic, who was host in 1994 in Sarajevo to Osama bin Laden, called for the destruction of non-Islamic states in his “Islamic Declaration” of 1970, re-issued in Sarajevo in 1990.

    On page 22 he writes: “There is no peace nor coexistence between the Islamic faith and non-Islamic social institutions.” And on page 49: “In a world without Islam there is no patriotism”.

    My judgment is not rash, but your public statements are contradicted by the facts, which I presume you know. Consequently, I have to conclude that you are simply lying to the people of the USA and embarrassing all informed persons. You are violating your oath to uphold the Constitution.

    Comment by Avenger — November 7, 2009 @ 7:10 am

  8. S/O. You are so buried in the Berkeley bullshit it’s hilarious. Is the self-loathing white man pose a great pickup schtick out there?

    Good thing you put a question mark next to your “statistics.”

    And, being discriminated against is no excuse for mass murder.

    Furthermore, you are so confused about free speech it’s hard to know where to begin. I defend free speech against the coercive power of the state–e.g., in your Russian paradise. That is quite different from making a reasoned judgment about the advisability–no, the sanity–of failing to take seriously the statements of a man in a military position, especially when those statements indicate that (a) his beliefs are contrary to the mission with which he and his service are charged, (b) he has sympathy with those who strive to kill his fellow servicemen, and (c) have been uttered by others who have committed, or attempted to commit, similarly heinous acts. Defending free speech does not entail the suspension of judgment about individuals based on what they say.

    Re “tolerance”: In another sign of the impending apocalypse, I have to agree with So?: “The apotheosis of the multi-culti is tolerance of the intolerant.” A suspension of judgment in the name of tolerance is cowardice masking as sophistication. Or, perhaps not cowardice: instead, a (Gramscian) tactic to neuter opposition to a leftist agenda by privileging, and shielding from questioning and scrutiny those who wish to advance it.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 7, 2009 @ 10:52 am

  9. One more thing, S/O. You have it completely ass-backwards (no surprise there) when you claim that the military has an incentive to emphasize Hasan’s jihadist tendencies (“I smell a fabrication”) as part of some sort of cover up. In fact, as my post, and Althouse’s (see my later post) and several others in the blogosphere indicate, the Army’s failure to recognize Hasan’s proclivities cast it in a very, very, bad light. It would be much better if it could be dismissed as a guy snapping and going postal.

    You are also more inane than usual when you say “only now” are they coming out with evidence of his jihadist tendencies. Like, when are they supposed to come out with such statements? Before he did it? (Like I say, maybe if somebody had, 13 people would be alive). Is within hours after the event some big delay indicating a conspiracy?

    Your attempts at pretzel logic to deny the obvious are beyond belief.

    The ProfessorComment by The Professor — November 7, 2009 @ 11:27 am

  10. Somewhat related perhaps:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20091105/ap_on_re_mi_ea/ml_yemen_saudi

    The above link was sent to me with this note –

    Friends,

    Have you heard about the Saudis sending war planes to indiscriminately bomb
    civilians in Yemen because one of their soldiers was killed by a Yemeni
    rebel who happen to be Sunni? It happened on November 5, a few days ago.

    According to the article on Yahoo news: “Saudi jets dropped bombs on crowded
    areas including a local market in the northern province of Saada,” Hawthi
    spokesman Mohammed Abdel-Salam told The Associated Press. “They claim they
    are targeting al-Hawthis, but regrettably they are killing civilians like the
    government does.” He said the attacks were followed by hundreds of artillery
    shells from the border. “So far, three killed have been pulled out of the
    rubble, including a woman and a child who perished when their houses were
    bombed and burned down,” said Abdel-Salam.

    What? You mean there hasn’t been a U.N. outcry? No commission has been
    appointed? It’s not headlines in the New York Times, or the LA Times,
    or CNN? What you haven’t heard about it at all? What if it was Israeli
    planes dropping bombs on terrorists in Lebanon? Here, the Saudis claim the
    al-Hawthis rebels killed ONE Saudi soldier.

    Comment by Avenger — November 8, 2009 @ 3:14 am

  11. Re- self-loathing.

    1) Humility and self-abasement is the road to spiritual renewal.

    2) I have a diasporic mentality. Living in the West, self-loathing, multi-culturalism and moral relativism, are all entirely rational for someone in my situation.

    Comment by Sublime Oblivion — November 8, 2009 @ 3:35 am

  12. Professor – I think your analysis misses the point. The 8 year war has put a strain on a lot of people. Hasan’s isn’t the only shooting incident. The frequency and severity of such events bears a direct correlation to the length of the war – thats the central point. The recession has added further fuel to the fire. This has increased such “snapping” in civilian life as well.

    Another equally important point is that the Army is desperate to fill its ranks with people. An increase in military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan means that only those who are desperate to make a living join the army – I know this statement would hurt many a patriotic feeling, but honestly you can’t discount it in any argument. This further lowers the quality and emotional stability of the army.

    Thus the army simply cannot expel those who sound disgruntled – if they did you are sure to see a spike in those who sound disgruntled 🙂

    Comment by Surya — November 8, 2009 @ 1:59 pm

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