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Jewish World Review
Jan. 26, 2010
/ 11 Shevat 5770
Pentagon Clueless on Fort Hood Shootings
Debra J. Saunders
Political correctness is alive in the Pentagon. Witness "Protecting the
Force: Lessons from Fort Hood," a Department of Defense report released
last week on the Nov. 5 shootings that left 13 people dead.
Granted, drafters of the report had to be careful not to say anything
that would help the defense of accused shooter Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan,
who has pleaded not guilty. Even so, if the report's purpose was to
craft lessons to prevent future attacks, how could they leave out
"Our concern is with actions and effects, not necessarily with
motivations," former Army Secretary Togo West explained to Time
In that turn-a-blind-eye spirit, the report essentially whited out the
many warning signs left by the Army psychiatrist. On the Internet, Hasan
compared Islamist suicide bombers with an American soldier who threw
himself on a grenade in Iraq to protect fellow troops. As reported in
the Times of London, Hasan explained, "Scholars have paralleled this to
suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help
save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers. If one suicide bomber can kill
100 enemy soldiers because they were caught off guard, that would be
considered a strategic victory." The Washington Post reported that Hasan
gave public talks to his colleagues in which he equated the war on
terror with a war on Islam.
M. Zuhdi Jasser, founder of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy, which
challenges radicalized Islam, also is an internist and former lieutenant commander
in the U.S. Navy. As one who went through the same system that trained Hasan, Jasser
believes the biggest lesson from Fort Hood should be that a "culture of political
correctness" kept concerned officers from reporting Hasan. Yet the report papers
over the elephant in the room.
To Pentagon report writers, the shootings have an air of mystery. As in:
"Detecting a trusted insider's intention to commit a violent act
requires observation of behavioral cues/anomalies." It helps if you can
believe that Hasan's cues were observable only to the trained eye.
Ignoring Hasan's pro-terrorist Web postings, the report instead focuses
on workplace violence, programs to prevent workplace violence such as
the Post Office's "Going Postal Program" and the stress imposed on
military health care providers.
The report does refer to "radicalization," which is good. But it
overuses the term "self-radicalization," despite Hasan' contact with
Yemeni cleric Anwar al-Awlaki before the shootings. Said Jasser: "They
are simply trying to exaggerate the fact that these are lone actors. I
do not believe they are."
Jasser is especially offended at the notion that Hasan's actions were
the fruit of psychological problems or, as per the report,
"cumulative psychological effects of persistent conflict." (To me, the
report read like the first draft of a not-guilty-by-reason-of-insanity
plea.) To Jasser, the more obvious finding could be that the shooter,
like Osama bin Laden, simply decided that the ends justify the means.
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