Speculation! Snapped! Backlash!

The word cloud that will hang like a toxic L.A. smog over the waning of this accursed year of 2009 is forming, and its outlines are now taking shape.

Our collective vocabulary — at least as it applies to Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan and the Fort Hood massacre — will look something like this:

Nidal Malik Hasan word cloud

To generate the above word cloud, I extracted the text from a dozen or so typical Ft. Hood news stories taken from the wire services, the TV news sites, and the Texas newspapers, and ran them through the Tag Crowd application. As you can see, the warnings against “speculation”, the worries about “backlash”, and the sense that Maj. Hasan must have just “snapped” — does that count as speculation? — have shaped the national conversation, at least as chronicled in the legacy media.

The latest news is that Senator Joe Lieberman (D-CN) is calling for a congressional investigation into a possible connection between Maj. Hasan and “terrorism”. Doesn’t he know he’s not supposed to speculate about such things? Does he want to produce a backlash?

Snap out of it, Joe!

The official spokesmen for our nation’s uniformed services are still trying to soothe the public’s atavistic fears and prevent an Islamophobic backlash. According to The Houston Chronicle:

Army Chief of Staff George Casey also warned Sunday against reaching conclusions about the suspected shooter’s motives until investigators have fully explored the attack. “I think the speculation (on Hasan’s Islamic roots) could potentially heighten backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers,” he said on ABC’s This Week.

If Maj. Hasan were a devout Christian, and had screamed “Jesus is Lord!” as he pulled the triggers with both hands, would we be worried about a possible backlash against innocent Presbyterians?

But that’s the Army’s story, and they’re sticking to it. We’ll see if Sen. Lieberman manages to pry anything else out of them.

I can see why the Pentagon might want to play down the I-word in all this, because it has become quite evident that there were abundant signs of Maj. Hasan’s Islamic zealotry long before he opened fire on his victims last Thursday:
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Dr. Val Finnell told The Associated Press on Saturday that he and other classmates participating in a 2007-2008 master’s program with Hasan at the Uniformed Services University complained about his comments, including that the war on terror was “a war against Islam.”

Another classmate told the AP on Sunday that he complained to five officers and two civilian faculty members at the university. He wrote in a command climate survey sent to Pentagon officials that fear in the military of being seen as politically incorrect prevented an “intellectually honest discussion of Islamic ideology” in the ranks. The classmate requested anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

So it was obvious to the lower ranks that there was a potential for trouble, but the higher-ups — anybody with any ambition for career advancement, that is — didn’t want to hear about it.

Forget the speculation. Forget backlash. Never mind whether he snapped or not.

If the officers had listened to their subordinates, the lives of thirteen people could have been saved.

Political correctness killed all those people at Fort Hood.

That’s not speculation; it’s a simple fact.

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The mosque in Maryland was not the only one favored by Maj. Hasan. He apparently also liked to visit a mosque in the notorious Emirate of Falls Church, one that was Wahhabist enough to satisfy the needs of the 9-11 hijackers:

Meanwhile, the FBI will probably look into whether Hasan attended the same Virginia mosque as two Sept. 11 hijackers in 2001 at a time when a radical imam preached there, said a law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

But don’t worry — the mosque isn’t really as bad as all that. And Maj. Hasan wasn’t a leader there. Everything was normal; you can all go back to sleep:

Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, outreach director at the Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center, confirmed Sunday Hasan’s family participated in services at the mosque in Falls Church, Va. Abdul-Malik said the Hasans were not leaders at the mosque and their attendance was utterly normal, and he did not know whether Hasan himself ever attended services there.

I love the way the media report this stuff with a straight face. If the Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center is really radical enough to appeal to the 9-11 hijackers, how likely is it that its imam would tell a newspaper reporter the truth? Surely the writer — even if he has never heard of taqiyya and has no idea what a dhimmi is — must have some inkling that hardcore terrorists and terrorist sympathizers might have reason to lie…?

But no, not in the MSM, and especially not now, at the waning of this dreadful year, as we go downward to darkness on extended wings, as we descend into this the winter of our discontent…

But enough of speculation. That snapping you hear is the sound of our elites’ final tethers to reality breaking free.

Or maybe it’s the patience of the American people snapping at last.

The backlash from that one will be something to see.

15 thoughts on “Speculation! Snapped! Backlash!

  1. Can we all agree that if a devout Muslim yells “Allahu Akbar” immediately prior to killing more than 10 people, that the threshold for categorization as Islamic terrorism has been crossed?

  2. My take is that we need the backlash, and we need it now.

    In a clean, orderly way, executed by the proper authorities, to preempt violent backlash by unruly individuals or organizations.

    We need to do systematic profiling based on ethnicity & religion, and to put every organisation calling itself ‘Islamic’ under systematic scrutiny from the FBI. ‘Islamic’ is suspicious, and deserves to be handled as such.

    What CAIR and its ilk fear most is indeed a backlash – but not so much in the form of violence against individual Muslims, more against their position of power. If the laser beam of investigative scrutiny is pointed their way, the most attractive feature of Islam will evaporate:

    The power to rule over others.

    Give ’em backlash. They deserve it.

  3. “Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, outreach director at the Dar al Hijrah Islamic Center…”

    The word “outreach” should be declared illegal. Just as the word “vibrant”.

    I’m sick and tired of reading about “vibrant” cities, “vibrant” communities, “vibrant” working places, “vibrant” mosques…

    I suppose it must relate to the “vibrating” quality of ammunition exploding in the chamber of a gun, or of bombs going off in public places, or of natives’ heads being viciously kicked by Muslim thugs.

    I hereby call for the institution of a Public Directorate for the Eradication of Fascist Words.

  4. Political correctness killed all those people at Fort Hood.

    Don’t forget the government culture that enforces the concept that firearms are dangerous and n one should have them. This is strictly enforced on all military bases, even in states where open carry and concealed carry are permitted. This creates a large group of helpless victims, just waiting for someone who ignores the rules.

    This is a metaphore for why airport security ultimately is futile.

    Even in combat zones, US troops are required to clear their weapons on base because they might otherwise “go off” and hurt someone. Millions of police and civilian carriers don’t seem to have that problem.

  5. “In a clean, orderly way, executed by the proper authorities”

    Will not happen.

    I am not predicting this out of doom-and-gloom schadenfreude. I am stating it as an observable fact. Between the multitude of clearly unconstitutional actions, the payoffs to the bankster friends, the insider trading that isn’t getting prosecuted – I could go on for pages, luckily I don’t have to, Karl Denninger at http://market-ticker.org/ has been noting and chronicling each and every blatantly illegal thing going on he sees, and there’s a lot of it. And the cops and prosecutors aren’t doing anything about 99% of it. There’s no indication of anything that would change this.

    So, no, the lawful authorities won’t.

    “violent backlash by unruly individuals or organizations”

    This is going to happen, it is going to happen when the malfeasance at the top has its repercussions become strong enough to be felt at the grocery store, anad when it does it will be bad.

  6. I have to agree with Rollory that the ‘lawful authorities’ won’t (and cannot) handle this.

    One only needs to look at the act itself to see that no proposed explanation aside from Islamic terrorism has any validity.

    The target wasn’t the brass that decided to deploy him, but the soldiers with whom he would have deployed. The act was clearly premeditated, involving a significant amount of direct preparation and several days of associated preparation. The act itself was explicitly announced in the name of Allah, using the battle-cry of Islam, and was rationalized by category and at least some particulars for months in advance by the spoken and written testimony of the attacker.

    The method, motive, and target of this crime are incompatible with any interpretation that does not categorize it as an explicit act of terrorism.

  7. Rollory, I agree that this is what is likely to happen.

    However, I still give our authorities the benefit of doubt. It is very clear what they should do about the situation – as above – and I expect them to take concrete action on this within a month.

    Well, perhaps ‘hope’ is more appropriate…

    And agree that when we look back 3 months from now, ‘should have done’ is the more likely result.

    Still, I look up to the authorities (whom I fund with my tax money), and expect them to be couragious and unselfish defenders of freedom and democracy.

    ‘Hope’, however, looks like an exaggeration, I must admit…

  8. Well Henrik,

    I don’t think it can be put better how hopeless the hope in a orderly and lawful change is, than you just did here. The rest of this message is not for you but for everyone:

    So we need to shift our minds from hope in unreal and highly unrealistic things into earthy reality; life’s hard currencies. Life is great and will always be. While society sucks and always will. It’s been so for thousands of years.

    I recommend everyone focus on survivalism. Not the romantic living-in-a-bunker-with-an-army-outfit kind. No, real empirically based urban survivalism. There is a brilliant fellow from Argentina called FerFAL. He has written the best possible manual for how to deal with a Sh*t Hits The Fan (SHTF) situation. Based on what happened in Argentina from 2001 and forward. It’s much much worse there than you would think. And we are about to get the same here (or worse); to a certain extent we already have.

    I recommend everybody to read this introductory article. Then continue reading the other articles at his blog. There is an amazing amount of practical and useful information there, all based on empirical experience.

    There’s no schadenfreude, doom and gloom, or a wish for an easy way out behind realizing that we are about to enter SHTF. It’s all about realistic assessment and about being prepared, prepared, prepared. FerFAL shows the attitude; how to keep a good mood in a utterly messy and completely unfair world. It’s all up to you. Everyone has to decide: are you going to put all your hope in highly unrealistic things, and then grow bitter? Or are you going to face reality and prepare?

    I admire those among us involved in politics, one way or the other. It is absolutely clear to me that all such activity will lead to good results. But it is equally clear to me that none of it will lead to the objective of the activity, i.e. an orderly change. It will be good in other sorts of ways: in creating networks of like minded, in creating mental awareness, etc. All good when the SHTF.

    But it is highly irresponsible to put all ones eggs in one basket in hope for some grassroot movement to change things back to how it has been. To me this is the real attempt for an easy way out. Everyone, make sure to make yourselves prepared for the SHTF that is coming! Start with reading the link by FerFAL above.

    For me the important “we” are you here in the counter-jihad network, but not because I share the believes of such a movement, but because I want a good network of reliable friends when the SHTF.

  9. Is it all right to “jump to conclusions” now? It does seem to be pretty obvious that Hasan is a jihadist. I had to laugh at Napolitano’s Dubai message that we are doing everything in our power to make sure no Muslims suffer as a consequence of the shootings at Fort Hood. Maybe she can let us know how many mosques have been attacked or Muslims beat up or killed because of Hasan. As far as I know the answer is zero. It galls me to know the fed was aware of this Islamist and did absolutely nothing to stop him.

  10. Thought this might be of interest:

    “Hasan, the sole suspect in the massacre of 13 fellow US soldiers in Texas, attended the controversial Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Great Falls, Virginia, in 2001 at the same time as two of the September 11 terrorists, The Sunday Telegraph has learnt. His mother’s funeral was held there in May that year…

    Hasan’s eyes “lit up” when he mentioned his deep respect for al-Awlaki’s teachings, according to a fellow Muslim officer at the Fort Hood base in Texas, the scene of Thursday’s horrific shooting spree.”


  11. Is it all right to “jump to conclusions” now?

    I think that would constitute a very discreet, tiny leap, almost not noticable. Except of course for the so-called ‘President’, for whom it would constitute a 7-mile leap into the realm of – *gasp* – Courage!

    Not holding my breath, though. His ‘advisors’ seem to be in disagreement on how to program his Teleprompter.

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