[Rushtalk] 'Know Thine Enemy'
John A. Quayle
blueoval57 at verizon.net
Fri Aug 23 19:38:59 MDT 2013
>Know Thine Enemy
>Major Hasan is honest about himself; why arent we?
>By Mark Steyn
>Major Nidal Malkin Hasan
>On December 7, 1941, the U.S. naval base at
>Pearl Harbor was attacked. Three years, eight
>months, and eight days later, the Japanese
>surrendered. These days, Americas military
>moves at a more leisurely pace. On November 5,
>2009, another U.S. base, Fort Hood, was attacked
> by one man standing on a table, screaming
>Allahu akbar! and opening fire. Three years,
>nine months, and one day later, his court-martial finally got under way.
>The intervening third-of-a-decade-and-more has
>apparently been taken up by such vital legal
>questions as the fullness of beard Major Hasan
>is permitted to sport in court. This is not a
>joke: See Judge Ousted in Fort Hood Shooting
>Case amid Beard Debacle (CBS News). Army
>regulations require soldiers to be clean-shaven.
>The judge, Colonel Gregory Gross, ruled Hasans
>beard in contempt, fined him $1,000, and said he
>would be forcibly shaved if he showed up that
>hirsute next time. At which point Hasan went to
>the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces,
>which ruled that Colonel Grosss pogonophobia
>raised questions about his impartiality, and
>removed him. Hes the first judge in the history
>of American jurisprudence to be kicked off a
>trial because of a beard debacle. The new
>judge, Colonel Tara Osborn, agreed that Hasans
>beard was a violation of regulations, but said she wont hold it against him.
>The U.S. Army seems disinclined to hold anything
>against him, especially the 13 corpses plus an
>unborn baby. Major Hasan fired his lawyers,
>presumably because they were trying to get him
>off on the grounds that hed had a Twinkie
>beforehand, or his beard dont fit so you must
>acquit, or some such. As a self-respecting
>jihadist, Major Hasan quite reasonably resented
>being portrayed as just another all-American
>loon gone postal. So he sacked his defense team,
>only to have the court appoint a standby defense
>team just in case there were any arcane
>precedents and obscure case law he needed
>clarification on. I know thats the way your
>big-time F. Lee Bailey types would play it, but
>it doesnt seem to be Major Hasans style. On
>the very first day of the trial, he stood up and
>told the jury that the evidence will clearly
>show that I am the shooter. Later, in one of
>his few courtroom interventions, he insisted
>that it be put on the record that the alleged
>murder weapon was, in fact, his. The trial then
>came to a halt when the standby defense team
>objected to the judge that Major Hasans defense
>strategy (yes, I did it; gimme a blindfold,
>cigarette, and tell the virgins here I come)
>would result in his conviction and execution.
>Major Hasan is a Virginia-born army psychiatrist
>and a recipient of the Pentagons Global War on
>Terrorism Service Medal, which seems fair
>enough, since he certainly served in it, albeit
>for the other side. Most Americans think hes
>nuts. He thinks Americans are nuts. Its a
>closer call than youd think. In the immediate
>aftermath of his attack, the U.S. media,
>following their iron-clad rule that Allahu
>akbar is Arabic for Nothing to see here, did
>their best to pass off Major Hasan as the first
>known victim of pre-Post-Traumatic Stress
>Disorder. It comes at a time when the stress of
>combat has affected so many soldiers, fretted
>Andrew Bast in a report the now defunct Newsweek
>headlined, A Symptom of a Military on the Brink.
>Major Hasan has never been in combat. He is not,
>in fact, a soldier. He is a shrink. The soldiers
>in this story are the victims, some 45 of them.
>And the only reason a doctor can gun down nearly
>four dozen trained warriors (he was eventually
>interrupted by a civilian police officer,
>Sergeant Kimberly Munley, with a 9mm Beretta) is
>that soldiers on base are forbidden from
>carrying weapons. Thats to say, under a 1993
>directive a U.S. military base is effectively a
>gun-free zone, just like a Connecticut grade
>school. Thats a useful tip: If youre mentally
>ill and looking to shoot up a movie theater at
>the next Batman premiere, try the local barracks
> theres less chance of anyone firing back.
>Maybe this Clinton-era directive merits
>reconsideration in the wake of Fort Hood? Dont
>be ridiculous. Instead, nine months after Major
>Hasans killing spree, the Department of Defense
>put into place a series of procedural and
>policy changes that focus on identifying,
>responding to, and preventing potential workplace violence.
>Major Hasan says hes a soldier for the Taliban.
>Maybe if the Pentagon were to reclassify the
>entire Afghan theater as an unusually prolonged
>outburst of workplace violence, we wouldnt
>have to worry about obsolescent concepts such as
>victory and defeat. The important thing is
>that the U.S. Armys workplace violence is
>diverse. After Major Hasans pre-post-traumatic
>workplace wobbly, General George W. Casey Jr.,
>the Armys chief of staff, was at pains to
>assure us that it could have been a whole lot
>worse: What happened at Fort Hood was a
>tragedy, but I believe it would be an even
>greater tragedy if our diversity becomes a
>casualty. And you cant get much more diverse
>than letting your military personnel pick which
>side of the war they want to be on.
>Like I said, we think hes nuts; he thinks were
>nuts. Right now, theres a
>on the Internet seeking to persuade the United
>States government to reclassify Hasans
>workplace violence as an act of terror. There
>are practical consequences to this: The victims,
>shot by an avowed enemy combatant in an act of
>war, are currently ineligible for Purple Hearts.
>The Pentagon insists the dead and wounded must
>be dishonored in death because to give them any
>awards for their sacrifice would prejudice Major
>Hasans trial and make it less likely that he could be convicted.
>Hence, the Internet petition. Linking to it from
>their homepage, my colleagues at NATIONAL REVIEW
>ONLINE promoted it with the tag: Thirteen
>people lost their lives with dozens of others
>wounded. And now the man responsible wants to claim it was workplace violence.
>Thats not true and actually its grossly
>unfair to Major Hasan. Hes admirably upfront
>about who and what he is a Soldier of Allah,
>as he put on his business card. On Tuesday, he
>admitted he was a traitor who had crossed over
>from the bad side (Americas) to the good
>side (Islams). He has renounced his U.S.
>citizenship and its effete protections such as
>workplace-violence disability leave. He
>professes loyalty to Americas enemies. He says,
>I am the shooter. He helpfully informs us that
>thats his gun. In this weeks one-minute
>statement, he spoke more honestly and made more
>sense than Obama, Gates, Casey, the Armed Forces
>Court of Appeals, two judges, the prosecution
>and defense lawyers, and mountains of
>bureaucratic reports and media coverage put together.
>But poor old Hasan can say Yup, I did it all he wants; what does he know?
>Unlike the Zimmerman trial, Major Hasans has
>not excited the attention of the media. Yet it
>is far more symbolic of the state of America
>than the Trayvon Martin case, in which
>superannuated race hucksters attempted to impose
>a half-century-old moth-eaten Klan hood on a guy
>whos a virtual one-man melting pot. The
>response to Nidal Hasan helps explain why, in
>Afghanistan and elsewhere, this war is being
>lost because it cannot be won because,
>increasingly, it cannot even be acknowledged.
>Which helps explain why it now takes the U.S.
>military longer to prosecute a case of
>workplace violence than it did to win World War Two.
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