Will Political Correctness Prevent the Ft. Hood Victims from Being Honored?
By: Guest Authors
By: Elizabeth Marion
On November 5, 2009, a man in the United States army killed twelve people and wounded thirty-one others. The man’s name is Major Nidal Hasan. While early reports suggested that he was shot and killed, it was later revealed to the public that he survived and was in the hospital. Even as the families of the victims and the entire country try to deal with the loss of life and the acts of violence that happened in a place that would generally be considered safe, Hasan is already being painted as the victim. Less than twenty-four hours after these people were killed, his actions are already being excused.
Because of political correctness, people are afraid to say what really happened, and that is almost as sad as the loss of life. Major Hasan committed an act of domestic terrorism and is a terrorist. He may not be working with Al Qaeda, but that does not change what he did and does not nullify the verifiable fact that the murders were motivated by religious beliefs. There are people out there who will say that such a statement is racist or discriminatory, but it’s not. It’s the truth and denying the truth will only lead to more loss of life.
The issue of Islamic terrorism has become so blurred and distorted that political correctness has made it almost impossible to fight. No one is allowed to call it what it is. So many Americans have become convinced that accusing someone of terrorism in relation to Islam is wrong and close-minded. That is simply not the case, and denying the truth is hardly open-minded. Accusing someone of Islamic terrorism is not the same as saying that all Muslims are evil or violent. It is not the same as discriminating against Muslims because of their ethnicity and beliefs. It is merely telling the truth in this case, instead of covering up the facts and dishonoring the victims of this attack. It is one thing to discourage people from using certain words because they stereotype people, but it is absolutely abominable and outrageous for people to pretend this attack was an accident or only happened because a man in the army who had never faced combat became stressed out. What’s even worse than blurring the motives behind these murders is making excuses for the man who committed them. This attack was not random, but very much calculated.
The police raid on Hasan’s apartment revealed nothing but a goodbye message on his answering machine. He knew there would be a raid because he planned the attack. He gave a neighbor a copy of the Qu’ran hours before the attack. He even shouted “Allahu Akbar!” just before he started shooting people, but forget about all that. Just as President Obama said, we shouldn’t be jumping to conclusions. It would be completely wrong to look at the facts and put two and two together. And never mind the fact that President Obama’s own example has been the opposite of what he’s telling us to do. Nevermind the fact the Obama jumped to the conclusion that the Cambridge police were stupid and racist. Never mind that fact that he broadly painted all whites as racists with his “typical white person” remark. As usual, political correctness allows room for the “do as I say, not as I do” theology from the liberal left.
Another interesting fact is that Hasan’s cousin spoke with Shepard Smith, who hosts two one-hour news blocks on Fox News, hours after the shooting occurred. He wanted to explain that his cousin was a “good American” and that he was “shocked”. His voice was calm as he explained these things. No normal person would first think of calling Shepard Smith to make sure he’s correctly reporting on his cousin after discovering that he just killed twelve people. Their normal reaction, if they weren’t anticipating such news, would be first trying to learn all the details. They would be questioning the police, not answering questions for Shepard Smith. What made police so sure Hasan was responsible? How many people were hurt or killed? Was anyone else in the family being investigated, questioned, or harassed? Instead, damage control was one of the family’s primary concerns.
Damage control was also a primary concern for those in the media. One writer for Newsweek, Kate Dailey, had the audacity to blame the attack on the military. Not only does her article suggest the attack was the result of the military’s failure to deal with the effect of war-related stress on its soldiers, but it also suggests that more in the military may be reaching the “breaking point”. Members of the military were killed, yet they are being painted as a potential threat. The excuse that Major Hasan suffered from post traumatic stress disorder is entirely illegitimate as well, mainly because he did not suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. He is not a victim, but a mass murderer. He served as a psychiatrist, and never saw combat himself. He sympathized with the enemies of America and turned his weapons on American soldiers. He did not murder those people because he was stressed out about a war he had hardly seen. He did not murder those people because he was upset over a breakup, because he wasn’t making enough money, or because of any other other ridiculous excuses people are already making for him. He murdered those people because he is an Islamic terrorist.
Political correctness will keep that truth from being told. In this case, political correctness is not protecting any group of people from being discriminated against. Instead it is dishonoring the victims of this horrible attack. It’s only a matter of time before some liberal blogger claims that Hasan is a right-wing extremist who went on a killing spree due to the stress of missing a local tea party. The best way to fight back against these kinds of attacks and honor the victims is to tell the truth about what really happened.