Major Nadal Hasan is a cold blooded terrorist. In the name of radical Islam, he killed 13 soldiers and wounded dozens of others on November 5, 2009 at Fort Hood, Texas.
This attack should have been met with swift justice. Hasan should have been tried, convicted and executed in short order. Instead, we have the spectacle of his trial, finally beginning today, after a four year delay.
Hasan has been allowed to make a mockery of our system of military justice. The initial judge was removed by an appeals court. At first, Hasan was ordered to shave his beard in accordance with military regulations. Then, after he refused and complained that shaving his beard would violate his Muslim faith, Hasan was allowed to keep the beard. To make matters even more bizarre, Hasan fired his team of attorneys and will now be allowed to represent himself. Thus, this Islamic terrorist, acting as his own attorney, will be allowed to cross-examine victims who are still recovering from his brutal attack.
In the months before the attack, Hasan was in regular contact with Anwar al-Awlaki, a radical Islam cleric, who was killed in Yemen in 2011 by a U.S. drone strike. In fact, Hasan now admits that “the evidence presented in this trial will only show one side, that I was on the wrong side, and then I switched sides. We the Mujahideen are imperfect Muslims trying to establish the perfect religion in the land of the supreme god.”
Since Hasan was a disciple of a radical cleric and is a self proclaimed member of the “Mujahideen,” it is quite obvious that the killing was a domestic terror attack. Hasan yelled “Allahu Akbar” as he began to shoot his fellow soldiers and try to kill as many people as possible. Incredibly, the Obama administration has refused to properly label this incident. They claim the carnage was the result of “workplace violence,” and not terrorism.
By failing to admit the truth about this attack, the Obama administration is delivering another blow to the dozens of Hasan’s victims, who will not receive the same benefits as our soldiers wounded in battle. Wounded veterans are eligible for Purple Hearts, long term medical benefits and preferential hiring procedures. Sadly, the Fort Hood victims will be denied all of these benefits. It is an outrage that the unfortunate victims of Hasan’s Fort Hood attack are being treated like second class citizens.
The administration has long wanted to present the fiction that the war on terror was going well. It wanted to present the narrative that the terrorists were “on the run.” Well, it is obvious that this story is “phony,” unlike the real scandals that the President does not want to address. In recent weeks, we have suffered a terrorist bombing in Boston, massive jail breaks throughout the Muslim world and a targeted threat that has forced the closure of dozens of our embassies.
As we wait for overdue justice, Major Hasan is still a member of our armed services and is still collecting a paycheck. In the four years since the attack, Hasan has received $330,00 in salary. Of course this is blood money that should have been stopped immediately after the attack.
Four years after attacking his fellow soldiers, Hasan is not only still alive, but is also getting paid and utilizing a military justice system for his own advantage.
It is inconceivable that the army of Patton, Marshall or Eisenhower would have allowed this type of nonsense to linger for four years. Today, political correctness is alive and well in our armed services. From limiting the rights of Christians to allowing gay marriage in military chapels to coddling Muslim terrorists, today’s army is in big trouble and is a military service that our greatest generation would no longer recognize.