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Dancing Around the Truth of the Fort Hood Rampage

A Dutch writer living in politically correct America says what too many are afraid to say.

by
Leon de Winter

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November 6, 2009 - 5:25 pm

There is only one term that adequately describes the massacre at Fort Hood: a terrorist attack. The media tries to avoid this term, but the more that is known about the killer, the more it becomes clear that this premeditated and deadly attack on unarmed soldiers and civilians was driven by his belief that Islam should rule the world.

In politically correct America, this massacre will lead to intensified efforts to find explanations which fit into the progressive worldview. It just can’t be true that a serious adult like the perpetrator starts killing because he feels justified to murder infidels.

Within hours, liberal commentators were able to find all kinds of explanations for his attack. The killer was a victim of verbal abuse or of a military that would send him, a soldier, to war. Or he was a victim of the insensitivity demonstrated by women (he wasn’t able to find a wife who was as religious as he was) or of whatever was available to deny the very core of this man’s existence: his unshakable belief in Allah and His final Messenger. But a gunman who shouts “Allahu Akbar” while killing unarmed people is exactly what he purports to be: a killing warrior for his God.

In a shocking interview on Fox News, one of Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s family members started the sanitization of the murderer. The family may have known about this killer’s radicalization. He was quite open about his belief system, about his efforts to convert colleagues and patients, about his opposition to America’s wars. Apparently, they thought it wasn’t unusual that a devout Muslim was as radical as he declared himself to be.

But isn’t this strange? A huge civilization of more than a billion Muslims accepts the daily atrocities of suicide killings without showing its disgust. Never a mass rally, never a demonstration against the creatures that kill women and children in markets in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, and, if they get the chance, in the West.

The Muslim world accepts these atrocities as long as infidels or Jews aren’t involved. How many copies of the Koran have been destroyed in the hundreds of attacks by Muslims on Muslim believers and their mosques? But one rumor about the desecration of a copy by an infidel can lead to violent eruptions.

The Muslim apologists are creative in finding external excuses for the countless injustices that occur in the world of Islam. Often, it is tiny Israel which can be blamed for the Muslim rage against modernity, democracy, and gender equality. Or it is America’s recent wars against homegrown Islamic tyrannies which explain the killing of Muslim women and children by other Muslims. Of course, all these explanations belong in the category of absurd nonsense.

In our world of cultural relativism, where we have respect for all cultures and civilizations, it is impossible to touch upon a truth that hides just below the surface of all this nonsensical analysis of the Fort Hood attacker. Just like the Taliban, some Muslims despise modernity. They despise the modern city, its sounds and colors, its seducing women and music, its profanities and literature. They despise all of this because they believe that they can’t get into the hereafter if they haven’t tried to violently destroy it — and this “it” is us, our way of life, and our pursuit of happiness.

What is known about him now makes it clear that Major Nidal Malik Hasan transformed himself into an American Taliban. He became a very devout believer, an extremist. He is not a rare exemption to the rule. There are tens of thousands of Muslim extremists willing to kill women and children. These non-combatants are not, in the extremist’s perspective, innocent human beings. Rather, they are infidels denying the supremacy of the Muslim God.

What happened in Fort Hood was a terrorist attack by an American Muslim extremist. Live with it.

Leon de Winter is a novelist and columnist for Elsevier Magazine in the Netherlands. His last novel, The Right of Return is a thriller set in Tel Aviv in 2024. He presently lives in Los Angeles.
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