Omid stinks. I mean it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he followed major Nidal Hasan and started up shooting people shouting ‘allahu akbar’. Any day now:
In “No, Hasan and Bales AreÂ NotÂ Equivalent” in theÂ American Thinker, March 25, Winfield Myers explains why Islamic supremacistÂ academic propagandistÂ Omid Safi’s moral equivalence between jihadist Nidal Malik Hasan and Army Sgt. Robert Bales is simply a smokescreen to obscure the reality of jihad.
Oh, and by the way, Omid, my man, threatening people with death is a felony. If you are going to continue toÂ claim that I threatened you and your family, I challenge you to have me arrested. But you won’t, of course, because you’re lying and you know that you’re lying.
Sgt Robert Bales vs Maj Nidal Hasan
Earlier this week,Â Omid Safi,Â a professor of Islamic studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, used his blog “What Would Muhammad Do” at the Religion News Service to claim a moral equivalency between Ft. Hood jihadist Major Nidal Malik Hasan and U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales.Â “When Americans Kill vs. When Muslims Kill” is aÂ morally repugnant attemptÂ to claim a double standard in the way Americans react to mass murder. In this, Safi echoes theÂ party lineÂ of the Middle East studies establishment, which blames the West for the region’s political and technological backwardness while largely ignoring its systemic social problems, from the subservient roles of women to the glorification of terrorism.Rather than proving his claim, however, Safi highlights what he attempts to deny — that the double standard in Americans’ treatment of Muslims leads Americans to turn a blind eye toward Islamic radicals while condemning non-Muslims harshly. Willful blindness, not bigotry, is the hallmark of the contemporary West’s treatment of Islamic radicalism.
When Americans kill, it is portrayed as an aberration, an act of a tormented and troubled individual. When Muslims kill, it is covered as a signal of a communal, global genocidal tendency.
In short, the assumption that [sic] when we Americans kill, it is an aberration from our good nature. Even if the act is abominable, it is said to be purely an individual act totally disconnected from any larger institutional or political context. However, when Muslims kill, it is a sign of a world-wide, evil ideology of jihad and terrorism.
Hasan, a psychiatrist who slaughtered thirteen fellow soldiers while shouting “Allahu Akbar” (“God is great”), psychologicallyÂ abused his patientsÂ — weary, sometimes mentally fragile Iraq War veterans seeking medical treatment. He condemned their service to their country, attempted to convert some to Islam, and told an Army captain that she was an infidel who would be “ripped to shreds” and would “burn in hell” because she was not a Muslim. His file reveals years of unprofessional, highly aggressive behavior toward Army personnel driven by his desire to carry out jihad — holy war — against Americans. Private business cards found in his apartment after his arrest stated that he was an “SoA (SWT),” an acronym found on jihadist websites that stands for “soldier of Allah” and “Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala,” or “Glory to God.”
Yet, in spite of a mountain of evidence against Hasan, official government reactions to his murderous rampage and to other actions by radical Islamists reveal anything but bigotry against Muslims:
- The officialÂ Department of DefenseÂ report on the murder of the thirteen servicemen at Fort Hood does not mention Hasan by name, nor does it mention the words “jihad” or “Muslim,” while “Islam” occurs only in a reference footnote.
- U.S. Attorney General Eric HolderÂ refused to stateÂ that radical Islam played any role in the Fort Hood shooting or the attempted bombing of Times Square in New York City in 2009.
- Federal officials regularly resort to euphemisms, including “overseas contingency operation,” “aÂ campaign against extremistsÂ who wish to do us harm,” and “countering violent extremism” to describe America’s wars against radical Islamists and terror-sponsoring nations.
That Hasan got away with his actions without being expelled from the Army, if not prosecuted, is testimony to the West’s pusillanimity in the face of radical Islam and its apologists, not its bigotry against them….
SafiÂ has a long history ofÂ defendingÂ radical Islamists and smearing his critics, all while posing as a progressive Muslim fighting for justice. FromÂ classroom assignmentsÂ in which scholars with whom he disagrees are labeled “Islamophobes” toÂ charging falselyÂ that Robert Spencer threatened to kill him, Safi lashes out at those who would expose his efforts to shill for Islamists. In his latest
apologia for terrorists, he insults the professionalism of the American military, the decency of the American people, and the truth.
But why the hell did the enemedia insist that Nidal Hassan, a guy who never saw combat, somehow suffered from post traumatic stress disorder?
Tim Blair connects the dots:
HE CAUGHT IT BY LISTENING
“A link to PTSD?”Â wondersÂ the MinneapolisÂ Star Tribune:
Thursday’s deadly rampage raises a red flag over the issue of combat stress …
The most common disorder linked to combat stress is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can develop after exposure to one or more traumatic events that threatened or caused great physical harm.
Hasan did not fit the classic pattern of a stressed soldier. But someone listening day after day to troops describing the tension and carnage in Iraq and Afghanistan could end up as damaged as those facing combat at first hand.
There you have it. Poor Hasan, whoÂ shot a teenage girl in the back, was suffering post-traumatic stress disorderÂ by proxy.
UPDATE. Hasan shop! It turns out the killer was sufferingÂ post 7-Eleven coffee disorder, which almost always ends in a murder spree:
Video (click on the link)
UPDATE II. TheÂ Christian Science MonitorÂ offers yet another possibleÂ diagnosis:
The case of Nidal Malik Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who is the primary suspect in the Fort Hood shooting spree Thursday that killed 13 people, is pointing up the enormous need to help soldiers overwhelmed by the stress â€“Â or even the prospectÂ â€“ of serving in wartime.
That would beÂ prospectiveÂ traumatic stress disorder, then.
(Via Lee M)
UPDATE III. Via Fox News, theÂ best diagnosis so far: “Compassion fatigue.”
UPDATE IV. The diagnoses keepÂ rolling in:
An apartment complex manager says the man accused of opening fire at Fort Hood, Texas recently had a religious bumper sticker torn off his car … the bumper sticker read: “Allah is Love.”
Post-sticker trauma disorder.
UPDATE V. No, wait; it wasÂ vicarious traumaÂ what done it.