November 8, 2009
A Tale of Two Mentalities
There are so many categories for this post because it touches on so many hot-button issues; but I picked "Dhimmi of the Month" as the primary category. We never did get the polling software off the ground, so you can't vote on it... but I'll still use the category when appropriate.
Sadly, today it's appropriate.
The Chief of Staff of the United States Army, Gen. George Casey, has just uncovered the greatest threat exposed by the Fort Hood massacre, presumably committed by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. Is it radical jihadism? A future Islamic terrorist attack in the United States? The use of political correctness as a human shield for potential murderers? The inability of the Army to notice that one of its members swam in currents of hate so strong, they seared his soul (as Winston Churchill put it)?
No. Gen. Casey has identified the real danger: a potential anti-Moslem backlash!
General George Casey Jr., the Army chief of staff, said on Sunday that he was concerned that speculation about the religious beliefs of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused of killing 12 fellow soldiers and one civilian and wounding dozens of others in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, could “cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers.”
“I’ve asked our Army leaders to be on the lookout for that,” General Casey said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union. “It would be a shame -- as great a tragedy as this was -- it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well.”
General Casey, who was appeared on three Sunday news programs, used almost the same language during an interview on ABC’s “This Week With George Stephanopoulos,” an indication of the Army’s effort to ward off bias against the more than 3,000 Muslims in its ranks.
“A diverse Army gives us strength,” General Casey, who visited Fort Hood Friday, said on “This Week....”
“The speculation could heighten the backlash,” he said on “This Week.” “What happened at Fort Hood is a tragedy and I believe it would be a greater tragedy if diversity became a casualty here.”
Losing our "diversity" would be "a greater tragedy" than the Fort Hood massacre itself? Does any rational human being actually believe this? And does any military historian believe that "a [religiously] diverse Army gives us strength?" I think it clear from context that Casey is claiming that having a tiny handful of Moslem soldiers -- 3,000 out of nearly 1.1 million soldiers -- somehow makes the Army "stronger."
This is ludicrous. I'm positive having Moslems in our ranks doesn't make us any weaker, but neither does it make us stronger, except marginally: If we banned all Moslems from the ranks, we might have to accept a lesser qualified Christian, Jewish, or Buddhist soldier instead of a more qualified Moslem. But the diminishment would be slight at best.
What really makes us stronger is:
- The independence and initiative of our soldiers, especially officers and non-coms;
- Our rigorous and realistic training (with live ammunition);
- Our general population's familiarity with firearms through civilian gun ownership;
- Our technologically advanced weaponry and other warfighting systems;
- And most of all, our ideology of liberty, which gives our servicemen reasons to fight more powerful than "because I told you to."
Casey's remark is yet another example of transforming the criminal into the victim; it's political correctness run wild. And if George Casey cannot understand why Hasan's religion -- which appears by all reports to be a violent, extremist, jihadist sect of Islam -- could be the primary motive behind the otherwise senseless spree killings, then Gen. Casey should be removed as Chief of Staff. Immediately.
It's as stunning as if Eisenhower had said in 1942 that we should not "speculate" on the possible role National Socialism might play in the military aggression of the Axis, lest we create a "backlash" against soldiers with names like, well, Eisenhower. For heaven's sake, the ideology of National Socialism was the primary cause of World War II... just as the ideology of violent Islamic jihadism is the primary cause of global Islamic terrorism.
Or doesn't George Casey believe that? Of course, Casey also didnt' believe in the "surge;" he thought it would inevitably fail, leading to American defeat in Iraq. Fortunately for us (and the Iraqis), he was kicked upstairs, and Gen. David Petraeus took his place as Commander of Multi-National Force - Iraq.
I find it curious that Gen. Casey is so worried about a potential "backlash" against other, non-radical Moslems -- when has this ever happened, by the way? -- but he seems utterly unconcerned about the possibility of another massacre at another military installation by another radical [REDACTED]. I guess each of us must prioritize his own concerns.
Does Casey's response make him a "dhimmi," by which we popularly mean a non-Moslem who bends over backwards to explain away or excuse the excesses of radical jihadism? Yes, I argue it does... because Casey tries to deflect blame from the horrific ideology of jihad: "Nothing to see here, folks; let's just MoveOn!" We know that the jihadist mindset directly causes Islamic terrorism; this appears to be terrorism, perpetrated by a Moslem who increasingly appears to have been radicalized. But we can't "speculate" on this seemingly urgent question for fear of that putative "backlash."
Casey's delusional political correctness was echoed by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC, 82%), naturally enough:
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican of South Carolina, and Sen. Jack Reed, a Democrat of Rhode Island, took also pains on Sunday to say that Muslims have served honorably in the military and at risk to their lives.
“At the end of the day this is not about his religion -- the fact that this man was a Muslim,” Senator Graham said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
I wonder if Graham thinks that Osama bin Laden's hatred of the West and of Jews has anything to do with his religion; I'm afraid to ask.
In order to conclude that Hasan's religion had nothing whatsoever to do with the attack, one really must ignore an awful lot of evidence. For example (of both the evidence and how it can be brushed aside):
The San Antonio Express-News has reported that classmates in a graduate military medical program heard Major Hasan justify suicide bombings and make radical and anti-American statements. But investigators have said that Major Hasan might have suffered from emotional problems that were aggravated by the strain of working with veterans of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan and by the knowledge that he might soon be deployed to those theaters as well.
I think I would go along with the general premise that every radical Islamic jihadist "suffers from emotional problems;" but I understand the defense:
You really can't blame him
Only a lad
Society made him
Only a lad
He's our responsibility
Only a lad
He really couldn't help it
Only a lad
He didn't want to do it
Only a lad
He's underprivileged and abused
Perhaps a little bit confused
I note, however, that "understanding" is not the same as "exonerating."
Before we swing to the second "mentality," let's encapsulate the Casey mentality here:
On the base Sunday morning, mourners were asked [by the garrison chaplain] to pray for Major Hasan and his family, The Associated Press reported.
Yeah. That and not blaming the perpetrator are the most urgent tasks before us right now.
There is, however, another way to respond to the Fort Hood "tragedy" (man-caused disaster?); it was exemplified today by the man who is rapidly becoming one of my favorite senators:
A key U.S. senator called Sunday for an investigation into whether the Army missed signs that the man accused of opening fire at Fort Hood had embraced an increasingly extremist view of Islamic ideology.
Sen. Joe Lieberman's call came as word surfaced that Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan apparently attended the same Virginia mosque as two Sept. 11 hijackers in 2001, at a time when a radical imam preached there.
God forbid we should "speculate" about how Hasam's religion might have slightly influenced his murderous actions. "This is not -- the radical imam -- I knew...!"
Classmates participating in a 2007-2008 master's program at a military college complained repeatedly to superiors about what they considered Hasan's anti-American views. Dr. Val Finnell said Hasan gave a presentation at the Uniformed Services University that justified suicide bombing and even told classmates that Islamic law trumped the U.S. Constitution.
Lieberman, chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, wants Congress to determine whether the shootings constitute a terrorist attack.
"If Hasan was showing signs, saying to people that he had become an Islamist extremist, the U.S. Army has to have zero tolerance," Lieberman, an independent from Connecticut, said on "Fox News Sunday." "He should have been gone."
Couldn't we arrange for Gen. George Casey to be gone? He could be kicked upstairs again, this time to junior assistant deputy shavetail to the RINO Secretary of the Army, John McHugh. Then we could replace Casey with a new Chief of Staff, one with a mentality more like Joe Lieberman than George Casey.
Alas, that wouldn't work: The new Chief would have to be nominated by Barack H. Obama... and the One would probably name John Murtha!
Cross-posted to Hot Air's rogues' gallery...
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The following hissed in response by: BlueNight
"Today at Fort Hood, a Major Nidal Malik Hasan, wearing a white shirt and skullcap, shot dozens and killed twelve while yelling, 'God is great!' (translated). No motive has yet been found for these inexplicable killings."
It's almost like they're doing it on purpose. It would be amusing if the people who found this act inexplicable weren't the sole news source for everyone who doesn't watch Fox News, listen to talk radio, or read blogs or history books.
The above hissed in response by: BlueNight at November 8, 2009 9:25 PM
The following hissed in response by: snochasr
I would argue that there OUGHT to be a "backlash" against radical Islamists in the US military, reasonable and measured to be sure, but culling them out before this happens again. Then we need to have a backlash against civilian Muslim extremists that is additionally measured and reasonable, carried out by the "proper authorities" in order to keep the rest of us safe. Even radical Islamists can get guns in the US, you know. It's the job of these authorities and they shouldn't have their hands tied by political correctness.
Finally, we ought to have a backlash against this whole "In diversity there is strength" idea. It's only true if the best person for the job is NOT an SWMP-- Straight White Male Protestant. Any other kind of diversity is achieved only by treating people differently-- better-- because of their group character rather than "the content of their character" as Rev. King said.
The following hissed in response by: GW
Casey is, unfortunately, emblamatic of all the problems with the military promotion system as well as our approach to the radicalized Muslims who wish to bring an end to Western civilization. As to the latter, the vast majority of Muslims on this earth are not involved in the jihad against the West, regardless of whether they think it good or bad. Virtually all of the jihadists come out of a religious subset - Salafi / Wahhabis. In this context, your Eisenhower analogy is dead on point. Unless and until our government names them and explains why, we will forever be in the midst of this kabuki dance were we treat muslims as a single entity, all the while allowing Salafism to further metasticize on the back of Saudi petrodollars. And because of that, American soldiers will continue paying the price (though, it is actually non-Wahhabi Muslims who are paying a much higher price, since Wahhabi's direct their violence more often at them in a bid to further dominate the Muslim world).
Bush could have explained this but didn't. I have no doubt that the reason is because of our depenance on Saudi oil. Obama will not do it because he resides on a dangerous fantasy plane of existence. The end result is still the same.
As to Casey, I am these days regularly amazed by the idiocy I see being sprouted by many of our generals, Casey merely being the latest. At the start of WWII, one of the first acts of George Marshall was to cull the then politicized General ranks and to promote Patton, Bradley and Ike in their stead. It would seem now, as it was in pre-WWII days, that becoming a general is subject more to politics than to common sense and war-fighting abilities.
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