By Todd Strandberg
Last week, I wrote the article, "Judgment of Islam." It focused on two massive terrorist attacks in Iraq and Pakistan that left over 278 people dead. I took note of how the members of the Muslim faith were committing one horrendous crime against humanity after another, and Islam in general was suffering little impact.
My article could not have been timelier. As most of you already know, there was a terrible terrorist attack (yes, I said terrorist attack) at Fort Hood in Texas. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan gunned down thirteen people and wounded thirty-eight at the post's military processing center. It was the worst mass murder event at any U.S. military base in our nation's history.
I've said several times that the liberal media purposely shields viewers from the fact that the suspect in a story is Muslim. You can see how gently the topic was handled in the Fort Hood tragedy from the first major newscasts that covered it:
The CBS evening news avoided any mention of Islam or the Muslim faith as Katie Couric provided this benign description:
“Today, according to the Army, a soldier opened fire...He's identified tonight as Army Major Nadal Malik Hasan, a licensed psychiatrist and drug and rehab specialist from Bethesda, Maryland.”NBC anchor Brian Williams:
“The soldier, identified as the initial gunman here, is an Army psychiatrist, Nadal Malik Hasan. He's an officer, a major, and he was apparently armed with two handguns.”NBC's Pete Williams insisted,
“Everything about his background is rock solid, and nothing extraordinary stands out about his background.”ABC's Charles Gibson broke from the pack by saying,
“Fort Hood tragedy: An Army officer, a Muslim convert, is the suspect in a shooting spree."Martha Raddatz, the reporter covering the story, injected sympathetic words,
"I wish his name was Smith,"implying a concern that this will lead to groundless fear of Muslims.
All the major newswires were full of headlines that seemed as if they had been filtered by the Tehran Times:
- Radical imam praises alleged Fort Hood shooter
- Another attack leaves US Muslims fearing backlash
- Hood suspect asked for advice on going to fight Muslims
- Muslim leader had troubling talks with suspect
- Shooting reveals tensions over Muslims in the military
- Fort Hood has felt the strain of repeated deployments
- Horror at Fort Hood Inspires Horribly Predictable Islamophobia
- Don't jump to conclusions over Fort Hood shootings
"Muslims across the country were shocked, angry and afraid that the attack would erode efforts to erase anti-Islamic stereotypes."The problem here is that the stereotype fits extremely well. The vast majority of terrorist attacks on planet earth are carried out by Muslims.
There have been several plots against American soldiers by Muslims. In June, three Ohio Muslims were found guilty in a plot to kill troops in Iraq. In August, a California man was sentenced to seventy months for a jihadi plot to kill Jews and attack military bases. Last December, five men were found guilty of plotting to kill Fort Dix soldiers.
There are about 3,500 Muslims in the U.S. military. With about a million active duty forces, the number of Muslims is only 0.35 percent of the total. With their numbers so small, any incident should cause alarm bells to go off.
Several witnesses said that Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar!" before opening fire Thursday. The media always adds that it means "God is great!" in Arabic. Yes, we are also told that Islam means peace. Words that don't match actions need a new meaning. As far as I’m concerned, “Allahu Akbar!” means, "I'm going to try to kill you."
Someone at the mosque where Hasan regularly prayed gave this message over the loudspeaker system,
"I ask the media people not to relate all the time everything to Islam."I don't think he has to worry about the media. As far as relating goes, it is a fair cop. If you have a pattern of terrorism in a religious group, it needs to be examined for why it is the frequent offspring of despicable acts.
The key problem with Islam is that it has no center of responsibility. If I were a member of a religion that had people committing mass murder against innocent people on a regular basis, I'd go shopping for a new faith. There is no collective consciousness in the Muslim world.
I doubt any harm will come to Islam. It is protected by the god of this world. The good news is that time is running out. When Jesus takes over, the few Muslims who survived the horrors of the tribulation will be wiped out, and any cry of "God is great!" will only apply to the King of Kings, Jesus Christ.
Fort Hood shooting suspect conscious, talking, hospital says - CNN
Officials: U.S. Aware of Hasan Efforts to Contact al Qaeda - ABC News
Lieberman Suggests Army Shooter Was 'Home-Grown Terrorist' - Wall Street Journal
What’s Likely to Happen to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan? - Wall Street Journal (Blog)
The Complete Infidel's Guide to the Koran - Robert Spencer (Book)