Friday, November 6, 2009

Fort Hood and America Sleeping

As the death toll in Fort Hood climbs, we are faced with uncomfortable questions about what drives such behavior and what can be done to prevent it. Major Nidal Malik Hasan had reportedly made no secret of his opposition to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He had spoken openly of an interpretation of Islam that precluded him as a Muslim taking up arms against fellow Muslims. Despite having enlisted in the US military and having had his education at their expense, Hasan hired a military lawyer to avoid going to Afghanistan. It seems that repeated warning signs of Malik Hasan being a security risk were ignored.

After the internment of Japanese civilians during World War Two during World War Two, Americans are loathe to judge American citizens and residents as a group. Freedom of religion is enshrined in our constitution. Such freedom was a primary motive of the first settlers.

All of the 9/11 hijackers were Muslim.On numerous occasions, Major Nidal Malik Hasan announced his opposition to American military objectives. He branded himself a security risk.

There are over a billion Muslims in the world. Most estimates put the total who support Al Qaeda type action at about 10% of the world's total. This leaves about 100 million people, of whom a small fraction are actual combatants and terrorists. Identifying, isolating and targetting the militant minority should be our top objective.

We have the FBI and other intelligence gathering bodies to monitor domestic security threats, and the CIA to handle danger abroad. We should not be shy about using such resources to protect ourselves. There should be agents planted in Islamic groups to report back to the government about potential threats.

There are Muslim immigrants as well as Christians and Zoroastrians from Muslim countries who are familiar with the language and culture in Muslim countries. We should be building an Islamic section of our intelligence services. It should encompass all of the sects of Islam from the Shiite group of Islamic variants to the various shades of Sunni. There are many languages spoken in the Arab world. Our intelligence services should be ready to deal with all dialects of Arabic as well as Persian, Pushtu and Dari.

There are intense rivalries in the Islamic world. These present many opportunities to access information. "The enemy of my enemy is my friend." is an attitude that can be played upon and exploited for intelligence dividends. Seeing all Muslims as the enemy is as counterproductive as blindly trusting all strains of Islam as "the religion of peace".

We should be no more shy about attacking militants who invoke Islam than we should be to attack anyone else who uses their religion as a cover for crime. And we should stop pretending that ethnic profiling is always bad. If a five foot tall blonde woman robs a bank, it makes no sense to stop a six foot tall African American for search and questioning. we have a problem with militant Islam. We have to look where Muslims go and where Muslims live in order to find the bad guys. And we have to do so in a way that the law abiding majority can go about their daily lives without fear or resentment. It's that simple.


There are Muslims here in America who applaud Malik Hasan. Here is the web page of one such individual. Is he being watched? He should be. I have also included the text of his posting on the Fort Hood killings. The following is copied from the web site. It does NOT represent my opinion.

Major Nidal Hasan M.D.

An officer and a gentleman was injured while partaking in a preemptive* attack.

Get Well Soon Major Nidal

We Love You

We do NOT denounce this officer's actions,we do however apologize for the following acts committed by our country:

Bay of Tonkin

The East Timor Massacre by USA Supported Suharto

1902 Samar Massacre in the Philippines by the USMC

1,000,000 Dead Iraqis

Afghani & Pakistanis Killed by the USA

Starvation of Africa & Rape of it's Resources by the USA

Support of the Brutal "Israeli" Occupation Entity

Etc. Etc.

Every day is Fort Hood for the world community due to USA policies and & their tyrant totalitarian puppet regimes. Rest assure the

slain terrorists at Fort Hood are in the eternal hellfire and it is not to late for YOU to change your policies.

Sharing a Smile with The International Community,

Yousef al-Khattab

*as opposed to a USA's"Preventive War"(aka war crimes)

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