The main threat to America’s security is the willful ignorance of many in leadership complicit with those whose predecessors actually reported the news, juxtaposed to those manipulating and spinning same. You may think that’s harsh or untrue – but factually, it is neither. Leadership and those responsible for public information have either bought into or been brainwashed into a political correctness that is helpful only to those who wish us ill.
“Political correctness,” I once wrote, “obscures clear thinking and does damage to the very people and causes that it claims to benefit. … [B]esides being pretentious and dishonest, PCers give no thought to the collateral damage they cause, because the only agenda is theirs” (“Politically correct may not be correct”; The Reporter; Jan. 3, 2002).
In October 2002, I wrote: “One of the things we should have learned from the Feb. 26, 1993, bombing of New York’s World Trade Center is that there are people in the world who hate our collective guts – sex, color, creed notwithstanding. [And] one of the things we should have learned from Timothy McVeigh is that there are Americans, born here and living here, who are as passionate in their hatred of America as those living continents away” (“Terror at home grows among us”; The Reporter; Oct. 31, 2002).
Nidal Malik Hasan proves that America continues to be a nation under attack, as she has been since 1993. But those responsible for our national security cannot see the burkas for the trees because of political correctness.
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With the dust still in the air, the Clinton White House immediately blamed “right-wing” extremists for the Oklahoma City bombing. But with Hasan, we were kept waiting hours before his name was released for fear of offending Muslims and/or somehow promoting anti-Muslim sentiment. In the period leading up to Hasan’s terrorist attack, he did everything but schedule a time slot at the National Press Club to announce his plans. In the immediate aftermath, we were told there was no evidence of terrorism. There was, as someone said, an incredible display of background and off-the-record stories across America, talking about posttraumatic stress disorder and stresses on American troops – to have us believe Hasan was a stressed-out soldier who snapped in a psychotic moment and went postal without warning. Of course, conveniently left out was the fact that he was a highly paid military professional with access to a plush life, who had never even sniffed the battlefield.
The problem is that these efforts by CNN and the mainstream media were blatant lies and obfuscation, and they knew it. Hasan is a cold-blooded Muslim terrorist. One need not have the sagacity of Laocoon the priest, who upon spying the Trojan horse warned, “I fear the Greeks even when they bring gifts,” to realize this.
At the time I wrote the piece “Peaceful religion is not spelled I-s-l-a-m” for WND in 2004, there were some 400 recognized terrorist groups worldwide, of which over 90 percent were Muslim. At that time, Islamic terrorism and discord was being carried out in more than 20 countries worldwide. And now, those who are in charge of our security want us to believe Hasan’s attack wasn’t terrorism – a Pakistani-American shouting “Allahu akbar,” with business cards that said soldier of Allah, with verifiable ties to other terrorist groups. Would they also have us believe a small feathered fowl that quacked and waddled when it walked wasn’t a duck?
And therein lies the rub. Political correctness threatens our security because it would have us deny the truth of the obvious. Hasan should have been arrested or detained, taken in and evaluated before he cost America 13 of our brightest and best – leaving another 30 wounded. But the military feared either the Justice Department, the bad publicity or the White House itself – and by failing to protect those who protect us, the military brass are as guilty as Hasan – if not more so.
Hasan didn’t act in a vacuum. His family members are, at the very least, highly suspect when they say they knew nothing about his feelings. Nearly everyone he came in contact with knew of his radicalism. But his family wants us to believe they did not.
For 23 days in 2002, the metropolitan Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland areas were held hostage by a man and a boy – indiscriminately assassinating people from a beat-up old Oldsmobile. What would our cities be like if there were a coordinated attack by terrorists, detonating themselves in high-traffic, densely populated areas? All of whom were shouting “Allahu akbar”? Who among the politically correct crowd wants to bet his life this will not happen or cannot happen?
It’s not the Baptists, Presbyterians, Catholics or congregants of other denominations committing these acts of terror – it is Muslims. And until we have leaders who are willing to do the unpopular, Fort Hood, Jose Padilla, the Portland Six and Najibullah Zazi are just the tip of the iceberg.