Stephen W. Browne Rants and Raves

November 9, 2009

Allahu akbar!

Filed under: Terrorism — Tags: , — Stephen W. Browne @ 6:47 pm

Well lo and behold, it seems Major Hassan had links to at least two of the 9/11 hijackers. He evidently attended the same jihadist-friendly mosque at the same time. Coincidence of course.

More worth reading on the Fort Hood massacre from Bruce Bawer.

Living in Norway, I get CNN International, which is different from CNN in the U.S., though when major stories are breaking in the U.S. the international network often switches to the U.S. feed for hours at a time. CNN International’s sponsors are disproportionately Middle Eastern airlines, tourism authorities, and such; so it was that in between ads for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, for Abu Dhabi tourism, for some art show in Abu Dhabi, and for the Dubai World Championship, not to mention cozy promos for an apparently soft-feature series called Inside the Middle East (presented “in association with Qatar Foundation”), CNN reporters kept hammering home the line that Hasan had been the victim of anti-Muslim prejudice by his military colleagues. Repeatedly they read out, and showed onscreen, a long statement from the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemning the massacre — never mentioning, of course, CAIR’s well-established terrorist links.

Here in Norway CNN International was my only real TV option. Our cable system doesn’t offer Fox News, though it does offer Al-Jazeera, BBC News, and Sky News, all of which offered only spotty, repetitious coverage of the massacre. It was a deeply frustrating experience. In the hours after Michael Jackson’s death CNN International had stayed with the U.S. feed continuously, focusing on nothing other than Jacko’s life and death. This time around, however, the network kept cutting away from the U.S. feed and from the massacre in order to give us international news, including endlessly repeated sports reports and other trivial material. They seemed determined not to treat this as a truly major story.

Bruce Bawer is a gay American who has been living in Europe (Norway and the Netherlands) for several years now. He is the author of While Europe Slept: How Radical Islam is Destroying the West from Within and Surrender: Appeasing Islam, Sacrificing Freedom.

I mention he’s gay because it’s relevant, and I’ve been meaning to do a post on gay intellectuals like Bawer and the incomparable Lee Harris, author of Civilization and Its Enemies: The Next State of History, and The Suicide of Reason: Radical Islam’s Threat to the West.

Get them, for God’s sake you can order used copies of Harris’ books for a nickel. Few things will prepare you as much to navigate your way through the Long War.

The reason gay is relevant in their cases is that they are intellectuals, in the finest sense of the word, who realize they have the most to lose from the craven capitulation of the West to the jihadists.

More from Bawer.

Then, after Cooper was over, we got a “special edition” of Larry King Live hosted by Wolf Blitzer. This one really took the cake. By way of “illuminating” Hasan’s actions, Blitzer interviewed a panel of — no, not experts on Islamic jihad, but psychiatrists. Blitzer endlessly repeated the mantra that Hasan had been “taunted” for being Muslim, had feared going to a war zone, and had ultimately gone “berserk,” and the docs echoed this line. “He did not reach for help when he should have,” lamented one panelist. Another opined: “It sounded like it got to be too much for him.” Yet another told us: “All kind of people need help who aren’t getting help. … He was feeling picked on by his colleagues. … He was strained. He was scared.”

This is not idiocy, this is what the Uniform Code of Military Justice calls “pussilanimous conduct in the face of the enemy” – at best. What CNN is doing is selling out their country and their civilization for ratings and advertising revenue.

Remember that after the invasion of Iraq CNN admitted they knew of many of Saddam Hussein’s crimes against humanity, but chose not to report on them for fear of… having their Baghdad bureau closed down.

Let’s ponder that for a moment. CNN made themselves accessories during the fact at best, accomplices at worst, in torture and murder. And not because they feared for their lives, feared torture, feared for their families – but because they didn’t want their office closed down.

Also see Victor Davis Hanson.

Herein he cites a press release about Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Neapolitano.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The U.S. Homeland Security secretary says she is working to prevent a possible wave of anti-Muslim sentiment after the shootings at Fort Hood in Texas. Janet Napolitano says her agency is working with groups across the United States to try to deflect any backlash against American Muslims following Thursday’s rampage by Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a Muslim who reportedly expressed growing dismay over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

It’s official. The lunatics have taken over the asylum.

And check out Phyllis Chesler.

Quickly, reflexively, without waiting for more of the facts to emerge, the mainstream print media (I am talking about the Paper of Record) has already decided that Major Hasan is a tormented “innocent” who must have snapped under alleged conditions of extreme provocation and humiliation. Indeed, today, the headline in the New York Times about this story is: “Little Evidence of Terror Plot in Base Killings” with a sub-heading of “Investigators Say Major at Fort Hood Faced Many Pressures.”

However, there is no sub-head. If there was, it’s been taken down.

But do check that one out. It’s a concoction of dubious speculations, and pretty much everything asserted as fact has been contradicted by actual evidence.

It is becoming increasingly evident that a lot of people have a lot to answer for for this.

Hassan of course, and any possible accomplice. There are reports of a meeting with someone described as Middle Eastern, and of Hassan asking friends to use their computers to email from a number of accounts.

As I’ve said, it is very important that Hassan face the death penalty.

It is becoming equally important that certain officers face courts martial for dereliction of duty and cashiered in disgrace. Yes they were afraid of being stignatized as “anti-Muslim” if they reported Hassan’s ravings.

So what? Commissioned officers aren’t supposed to be cowards. That’s not what we pay them for.

And, we have to revive the concept of treason and be unafraid to call it what it is.

Of course it ain’t going to happen. Not yet.

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