Where are the Purple Hearts? Some Truths About Fort Hood

Twelve solders and one civilian army employee were massacred by Maj. Nidal Hasan, an army psychiatrist, on November 5 at Ft. Hood, Texas. Maj. Hasan injured another thirty people, some critically, before being shot himself by the local police.

Will the soldiers whom Hasan killed or injured in this latest terrorist assault receive the Purple Heart?

In my view, they should. But whether they do depends on how the Obama administration decides to spin the episode. If it determines that the soldiers were victims of criminal assault, the answer is No: they do not get this most somber military decoration.

But if the Obama administration determines that those soldiers were injured or killed in the line of duty, then they are eligible for the Purple Heart. [UPDATE: the always excellent Diana West beat me to the punch with this insightful column about Ft. Hood and the Purple Heart.]

It's tricky for Obama. His administration is devoted to transforming the jihadist war against the West into a civilian conflict. Hence the heavy odor of political correctness that has hung about Ft. Hood since November 5 when Maj. Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar" and opened fire.

Perhaps the most nauseating PC emission came from General George Casey, the army's top officer, who told CNN that he was "concerned" that "speculation" about Maj. Hasan's motivation in mowing down those 40-odd people at Ft. Hood "could cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers."

Is he really?

Care to savor an unadulterated gem of political correctness? You cannot do better than this:

" . . . as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that's worse."

That's General George Casey again -- one for the record books, I'd say. I'm sure that non-Muslim soldiers in the U.S. Army the world over appreciate his sensitivity and will once again rest easy. Is Mohammed polishing his revolver in the bunk opposite? Never mind. This is the modern Army, committed to diversity. Some soldiers fight the enemies of America. These days, we have to have soldiers who regard America as the enemy. Be all you can be.

New Yorkers, too, will be able to rest more easily now that the Obama administration has decided to remove 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other terrorist conspirators from the jurisdiction of the military and hand them over to a New York criminal court to be tried. Are you interested in learning how to transform a mass murderer into a totemic hero for America's enemies the world over? Stayed tuned. President Obama is just about to show you how it is done. Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey, speaking at the Federalist Society's National Lawyers Convention yesterday, rightly blasted this return to a September 10 mentality that supposes "acts like the first World Trade Center bombing [in 1993], the attacks on our embassies in Africa and other such acts can and should be treated as conventional crimes and tried in conventional courts." Not only will this disgorge a "cornucopia" of sensitive intelligence information to public scrutiny, but it will also provide other jihadists with a tempting target of opportunity.

In "The Purloined Letter," Edgar Allan Poe showed that sometimes the best place to conceal something is in plain sight. Somehow, we overlook what we can't avoid. The case of Maj. Nidal Hasan and his murderous rampage at Ft. Hood reminds us that a similar process is at work in the career of Islam in the West. The truth couldn't be plainer: Islam is a creed violently at odds with secular liberal society.