Thursday, February 17, 2011
Multiculturalism, Political Correctness & Radical Islam
So, what do we get when we combine multiculturalism, political correctness and radical Islam? See above: that's U. S. Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a psychiatrist of sorts, a bottom-feeder in his class, who never should have graduated - and wouldn't have had his name been Flynn.
Hasan is awaiting trial due to his starring role in the Ft. Hood massacre in November 2009, when, as we all remember, he opened fire, killing 12 fellow soldiers and a civilian employee, and wounding 32 others while shouting "Allahu Akbar!" His actions that day should not have surprised anyone who knew him - especially his military superiors.
Dorothy Rabinowitz discussed the obvious causes of the Ft. Hood tragedy as well as the total failure of the department of defense, in its investigative report, to acknowledge the problem in her Wall Street Journal column yesterday. This administration, as the one preceding it, seems determined not to identify the enemy that is waging war against us, and, of course, it's necessary to identify the enemy, before we can properly engage him.
Here are some clips from the WSJ article:
In a month of momentous change, it was easy to overlook the significance of another revolutionary event. Who would have believed that in the space of a few weeks the leaders of the three major European powers would publicly denounce multiculturalism and declare, in so many words, that it was a proven disaster and a threat to society?
One after another they announced their findings—Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, Great Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, and France's President Nicolas Sarkozy. Multicultural values had not only led to segregated communities: They had, Mr. Cameron noted, imposed policies of blind toleration that had helped nurture radical Islam's terrorist cells.
They (the words of foreign leaders) came at a fitting moment, just as Americans had been handed a report providing the fullest disclosures so far about the multiculturalist zeal that had driven Army and medical school superiors to smooth Nidal Malik Hasan's rocky way through training, promote him, and, despite blatant evidence of his unfitness, raise not a single concern. Maj. Hasan, U.S. Army psychiatrist, would be assigned to Fort Hood...
In this report, titled "A Ticking Time Bomb" and put out by the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, there is a detail as dazzling in its bleak way as all the glowing misrepresentations of Dr. Hasan's skills and character, which his superiors poured into their evaluations of him. It concerns the Department of Defense's official report on the Fort Hood killings—a study whose recital of fact made no mention of Hasan's well-documented jihadist sympathies. Subsequent DoD memoranda portray the bloodbath—which began with Hasan shouting "Allahu Akbar!"—as a kind of undefined extremism, something on the order, perhaps, of work-place violence.
This avoidance of specifics was apparently contagious—or, more precisely, policy. In November 2010, each branch of the military issued a final report on the Fort Hood shooting. Not one mentioned the perpetrator's ties to radical Islam. Even today, "A Ticking Time Bomb," co-authored by Sen. Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.) and Susan Collins (R., Maine), reminds us that DoD still hasn't specifically named the threat represented by the Fort Hood attack—a signal to the entire Defense bureaucracy that the subject is taboo.
You can read the whole Rabinowitz article by clicking here.