Written by Arnold Ahlert
Jewish World Review
According to a memo released by the Pentagon, Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants to "assess whether Army and other programs, policies and procedures functioned properly across the alleged perpetrator's career as a military health care provider to retain and promote him within in the Army Medical Corps."
Translation: how in hell did a ticking, jihadist time bomb like Maj. Nidal Hasan continue to operate right under our collective noses?
No doubt "procedural process" must be served, but who is kidding whom? An Army initially created to protect Americans from those who would do us harm has succumbed to the social virus known as political correctness.
And it doesn't get any more feverish than the comment made by Gen. George Casey, the Army's chief of staff: "What happened at Fort Hood was a tragedy, but I believe it would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity becomes a casualty here."
Really? A loss of diversity trumps thirteen dead and thirty one wounded American soldiers? In what universe?
Perhaps Mr. Gates ought to consider the level of intellectual bankruptcy that prompts such a ridiculous statement from a man who ought to know better. Gates might also want to ponder the effect of such thinking on the so-called chain of command: if the guy at the top is completely addled, what can we expect from those further down the line?
The answer is simple: no one who wants a long-term career in the Army is going to stick his neck out and flag a potential psycho like Major Nidal Hasan. Why? Ask yourself which is the more likely scenario: a) someone files a report detailing Hasan's egregious behavior resulting in Hasan's dismissal from the Army or b) the person filing the report is labeled an "Islamo-phobe," receives a black mark on his work evaluation profile, and is ordered to attend a "sensitivity" workshop?
Political correctness is the American equivalent of Sharia Law. It brooks no dissension from its dogmatic orthodoxy, and those who challenge it put themselves at considerable risk. Less than five hours after the shooting, the FBI took to the airwaves to reassure us that this was definitely not a terrorist act. Apparently PC gives those infected the ability to read minds and establish motives before embarking on any kind of serious investigation.
Keeping such powers in mind, one wonders if Hasan will be charged with a hate crime, since Congress recently passed a bill empowering the government to add to the sentences of convicted criminals for having "impure" thoughts regarding their victims. I suspect not, despite the fact that Hasan, in previously witnessed statements, desired to see non-believers "beheaded and have boiling oil poured down their throats." Perhaps if he had shouted, "die white crackers" instead of "Allahu Akbar" while slaughtering his unarmed comrades it might have forced the government's hand. No such luck.
Media rumors suggest that Hasan will plead not guilty by reason of insanity. Why not? If the government and the media are insane enough to insist that premeditated jihadism had absolutely nothing to do with this atrocity, why shouldn't Hasan take a flyer on a "heat of the moment" defense strategy? There's has to be at least one "syndrome" that a court-appointed psychiatrist can come up with to explain away the stunningly obvious--especially when the PC crowd is already more than willing to meet him halfway. Maybe Hasan will end up like would-be presidential assassin John Hinckley who, despite being "confined" to a mental hospital, gets regular furloughs to visit his family. And since Hasan is reportedly paralyzed form the chest down, one can already set the clock on when some sensitive soul will come to the conclusion that he must be freed because "he's suffered enough."
A little more than eight years ago, America was stunned by the worst atrocity ever perpetrated on domestic soil. Yet the summary execution of 3000 citizens in New York, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, PA did nothing but temporarily blunt the insidiousness of political correctness.
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Even the original design of the Shanksville memorial was not immune: it was shaped much like an Islamic red crescent until public uproar engendered a change.
Defense Secretary Gates has an unenviable task. No one is irreplaceable, and this administration--as immersed in PC dogma as any in the history of the nation--has an insatiable need to nourish it, no matter how the facts play out. The very same facade that swept this grossly inept administration into power must be maintained at all costs, even to the point of absurdity. Expect Gates to announce some sort of seemingly stern, but impotent policy change.
How impotent? When the Army's Chief of Staff prioritizes his concerns and diversity finishes ahead of dead and wounded soldiers, policy has already been established, no matter what is actually written down.
Is there anything that will kill political correctness? Americans have already demonstrated that 3000 deaths were insufficient to bring about lasting change. I suppose there must be some tipping point--but one shudders to imagine what it is.
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