Stephen W. Browne Rants and Raves

November 10, 2009

Americans All!

Filed under: Eleagic mode,Terrorism — Tags: — Stephen W. Browne @ 7:15 pm

I just had a look at the names and pictures of the 13 victims of Major Hasan’s attack of Sudden Jihad Syndrome, which brought back a memory from my childhood.

In Newport, Rhode Island, tucked away on a side street just off the old town square is the Newport Artillery Company museum/HQ.

By an odd bureaucratic fluke, the company was never officially deactivated after the Revolution and so can technically claim to be the oldest unit of the U.S. Army. A charming fiction of course, but it’s a really fine museum. The members still have colonial-style uniforms and I believe a canon.

Among the exhibits was a propaganda poster from WWII, and I mean good propaganda. The graphic, if memory serves, was a soldier standing (I think, it’s been a very long time) in a graveyard. Along one side of the poster is a roster of obviously ethnic names: Polish, Irish, German, Italian, whatever.

Blazoned across the top were the words, “Americans All!”

The role of the dead at Ft. Hood:

Maj. Juanita Cole, 55 (Was her maiden name Hispanic or did her folks just like “Juanita?” That happens in this country.)

Maj. Libardo Caraveo, 52

Capt Russell Seager, 51

Capt. John P. Gaffaney, 54

Staff Sgt. Justin DeCrow, 32

Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29 (During WWI anyone named “Krueger” would have come in for a lot of suspicion and harassment. She joined the Army after 9/11 and vowed to get Osama bin Ladin. Sometimes, in degenerate ages it takes a woman to do a man’s job.)

Spc. Frederick Greene, 29

Pfc. Michael Pearson, 22

Pfc. Aaron Nemelka, 19 (Jewish? Slavic? I wonder how much “harassment” he got as a kid for his name?)

Pfc. Kham Xiong, 23 (Is that Cambodian? Did his parents flee the Killing Fields? Is it Chinese, perhaps from one of the ethnic minorities of China? We owe it to him to get it right.)

(UPDATE: He was Hmong, a tribal group in Vietnam with a strong warrior tradition who sided with the U.S. during the war.)

Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21 (Hasan got a twofer with her – she was pregnant.)

Spc. Jason Hunt, 22 (A fellow-Okie. He must have gotten some ribbing down at Ft. Hood during the annual OU-Texas football games.)

Michael G. Cahill, 62 (John Q. Civilian – except the enemy has made plain enough there ain’t no civilians in this war.)

Americans all. Gunned down by a man whose family was taken in by this country. Who was given a costly education in return for service in the military – in the higher ranks with honors and dignity. Not as an enlisted man, officer’s houseboy or hash slinger in the mess.

This is three straight posts on one subject, and I’m sorry I’ll quit now. Right after this.

I want him dead. I want him executed, hanged with a hemp rope. I want his mouth stuffed with pig’s flesh, his body wrapped in the skin, and I want him buried in a pig yard.

And if anyone objects, I want us to rise up as a nation and say, “GOT A PROBLEM WITH THIS? COME AND GET YOU SOME.”

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.

November 7, 2009

Mediations on Fort Hood

Filed under: Media bias,News commentary,Terrorism — Tags: — Stephen W. Browne @ 10:06 am

First of all, let me refer you to Mark Steyn’s post  on the Fort Hood murders.

“When it emerged early on Thursday afternoon that the shooter was Nidal Malik Hasan, there appeared shortly thereafter on Twitter a flurry of posts with the striking formulation: ‘Please judge Major Malik Nadal [sic] by his actions and not by his name.'”

Answer to the Twits – No.

As in no I am not going to ignore the fact that, 1) he’s Muslim, 2) the American-born child of Palestinian immigrants, 3) outspoken in proclaiming his enmity to the United States and solidarity with Jihadists, 4) a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army who accepted a half-million-dollar education from the U.S. in return for service in the armed forces.

Which adds up to, aside from murderer, traitor. 

Steyn further notes,“Concerned Tweeters can relax: There was never really any danger of that — and not just in the sense that the New York Times’s first report on Major Hasan never mentioned the words “Muslim” or “Islam,” or that ABC’s Martha Raddatz’s only observation on his name was that “as for the suspect, Nadal Hasan, as one officer’s wife told me, ‘I wish his name was Smith.’”

Which is why I’m not inclined to let the Army off the hook either. And in my humble opinion, neither should the families of the victims.

“You need to lock it up, Major,” cautioned his superior officer, Col. Terry Lee.

“Lock it up,” refers to Major Hasan openly declaring , on multiple occasions, statements to the effect of, “I’m on their side!”

Does anyone else see how seriously weird it is that the U.S. Army is browbeaten by PC and the secular religion of tolerance to the point it cannot bring itself to discharge an open sympathizer with the enemy?

Well now he’s gone and acted on his convictions, and nobody is the least bit surprised.

This comes two weeks after Faleh Hassan Almaleki of Glendale, Ariz., ran over  lovely but “too Westernized” daughter Noor.  She lingered for a while and died three days ago. It’s called an “honor killing.” The frequency of these in Europe is a scandal they are trying desperately to ignore, and it’s becomming too damned common here.

Noor Almaleki’s brother commented, “One thing to one culture doesn’t make sense to another culture.”

No actually it makes perfect sense to me. His culture regards women as property, mine regards women as people.

Now I’m going to say something that was a cardinal sin when I was getting my M.A. in Anthropology. They are wrong, we are right.

And not only are they wrong, their culture, on this point at least, is evil. As in, people with these attitudes should not be allowed to immigrate to our country. Hell, IMHO they should not be allowed to live on the same planet as the rest of us.

When not militantly ignoring Hasan’s origins, the bleeding-heart commentariat is Viewing With Alarm the horrible possibility of an “Islamophobic” pogrom.
Anybody notice that Hasan has all by himself committed more acts of anti-kafir violence than the sum total of anti-Muslim acts of violence committed by the other 300 million Americans since September 11, 2001.

To my knowledge, and please bring any other incidents you might know of to my attention, there was precisely one murder apparantly motivated by anti-Muslim rage after 9/11 – and whether that counts is problematic since that homicidal nut case killed a Sikh, not a Muslim.

Oh but he was harassed you see, and he “snapped.”

In a word, bullshit.

No comissioned officer is “harassed” by a subordinate. Or at least not more than once.

Now I’m going to indulge in a historical digression, please bear with me.

At the beginning of the Second World War, there was a sizable population of ethnic Japanese in this country, who came under quite a lot of suspicion. They were not “harassed,” they were imprisoned, ripped off, insulted and in general treated in ways that are, and should be, deeply embarrassing to our country.

They were however, given the opportunity to prove their loyalty. Many enlisted in the Army, often directly from internment camps. Japanese-Americans formed the 442 Regimental Combat Team, which became the most highly-decorated unit in the history of the U.S. military and earned the nickname “the Purple Heart Battalion.”

Other ethnic Japanese served clandestinely in the Pacific as translators.  

They proved beyond doubt their loyalty to America, and won the fervent loyalty of their white officers, some of whom stood up for them to bigoted superiors.

And one more thing, of the Japanese in the internment camps who reached a different conclusion and decided they would not become Americans, 1,327 renounced their citizenship and were repatriated to Japan via neutral countries.

My point? If our hard-one tolerance, and the forming of a united national identity among people of diverse origins is a Good Thing and worthy of preservation, then we have the right to defend it.

No, if this represents the progress of  mankind beyond small-scale familial/tribal loyalties towards something like that elusive goal of the brotherhood of Man, we have the obligation to defend it, on behalf of all mankind.

How?  Steyn suggested in his book  ‘America Alone’  we should ) Recognize that our civilization is under attack – and that we could lose, and 2) Stop committing civilizational suicide by subsidizing our enemies and stand up for ourselves.

Some suggestions as to how; for one the government should seek the death penalty for Major Hasan. That’s not only justice, it’s an appropriate message.

For another, you say the majority of Muslims in this country are peaceful, law-abiding and loyal?

Prove it.

There is no exact equivalent of the 442 Regimental Combat Team in the military, but there is the Association of Patriotic Arab-Americans in the Military.

Is there a civilian support group? Are the authorities receiving actionable intelligence on terrorism from the Muslim community in the U.S.?

As for C.A.I.R. if they say they condemn Hasan’s actions, that they are not in fact an above-ground front for Jihadism – again, prove it. Quit suing for insults to Islam, we’ve got something called free speech in this country, and if you can’t live with it then you’re free to leave.

That goes for everyone who is not sure whether they can embrace our American cultural traditions. You know,  freedom of religion (including having to swallow criticism, even insults to yours,) freedom of speech, equality of women, that kind of stuff.

We need to make it very clear to everyone who comes to live here; if you can’t live with this then – you, can’t, stay.

P.S. Check out Cinamon Stillwell’s reprint of an article from a couple years back detailing incidents of Sudden Jihad Syndrome.

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