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November 11, 2009

Stop with the Political Correctness…

Kevin E. Dayhoff

As Americans look forward to honoring our nation’s veterans today; we do so with heavy hearts in the wake of the senseless and cowardly murder of a dozen soldiers and one civilian at the Fort Hood (TX) Soldier Readiness Processing Center last Thursday.


It took four minutes for Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, to open fire, with two non-military issue side arms, on a diverse brigade of young engineers who were preparing to deploy to Afghanistan after the holidays.


Soldiers of all walks, religions, and ethnic backgrounds died in Texas at the hands of a fellow soldier whose job it was to help his comrades in arms.


It is widely reported that the “alleged” murderer, Major Hasan, was a “self-radicalized, home-grown terrorist” who had turned to Islamic extremism while under personal stress.


Wouldn’t everyone who is reading this like to be absolved of any responsibility to be free to commit heinous acts because we have been radicalized under personal stress? Well – maybe not.


The military will be only happy for us to believe that Major Hasan was simply an individual who cracked under pressure. Candidly, don’t we count on the military to weed those individuals out?


What America needs to know is why this happened; what the military knew about Major Hasan; when it knew it; and why nothing was done to address his behavior in order to prevent this tragedy.


The Washington Post, and other news gathering organizations such as ABC News, is peeling away the layers of this troubling episode and what is being revealed is not pretty.


It is being suggested that no action was taken to address this individual’s past behavior because he is a devout Muslim. If being a devout Muslim allows a person not to be held responsible for their behavior until it escalates into mass criminality, where does one sign-up?


In the end, this poppycock is a horrid disservice to the thousands, if not several million, law-abiding patriotic Americans in our country who just happen to be Muslim – including one of my best friends.


According to The Washington Post: “U.S. intelligence agencies intercepted 10 to 20 emails from Hasan to Anwar al-Aulaqi, a U.S. citizen who once was a spiritual leader, or imam, at the suburban Virginia mosque where Hasan had worshiped…


“The FBI determined that the emails did not warrant an investigation, according to the law enforcement official. Investigators said Hasan’s emails were consistent with the topic of his academic research and involved some social chatter and religious discourse.”


For pity sake, my white-haired 91-year-old handicapped Lutheran aunt got in more trouble the last several times she went to board an airplane. She was treated like a common criminal by the Transportation Security Administration. Her only crime was to be the daughter of generations of Lutheran pastors, chatter about her kids, and wanting to fly to Florida.


The Washington Post also reports that in late June 2007, Major Hasan made a presentation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in which he “lectured on Islam, suicide bombers and threats the military could encounter from Muslims conflicted about fighting in the Muslim countries of Iraq and Afghanistan…”


“‘It's getting harder and harder for Muslims in the service to morally justify being in a military that seems constantly engaged against fellow Muslims,’ he said in the presentation.”


What is bizarre is why was he allowed to continue a career in the Army after expressing such views? The scenario is even more surreal because there are people – especially the liberal media – that buy in bulk such mindless drivel.


Never – ever – in all my years of research into military history have I ever read, for example, that American Lutherans should have been excused from military service during World War II because they may have found themselves in a position where they may have had to kill a German Lutheran.


For a real walk into the bizarro-world of the left, Tom Gjelten said on National Public Radio that Major Hasan may have suffered “pre-traumatic stress disorder” because he anticipated having traumatic distress as a result of his anticipated deployment to Afghanistan.


I anticipated being sick after I heard that. As a matter of fact I felt personally stressed. Watch out – be on alert… Oh, nevermind…


Isn’t it about time our nation addressed why it is, that after we fought so hard for a color-blind community 40 years-ago, our great country seems hell-bound to create a politically correct caste system?


Why is it that our country accepts and excuses non-performance or incompetence on the job or – worse yet – the anti-social or criminal behavior of certain groups of individuals because of their gender, color, race, religion, or economic background?


The tragedy may very well have been worse if it were not for two police officers from Fort Hood's Department of Emergency Services, Senior Sgt. Mark Todd and Sgt. Kimberly Munley, who ran into the line of fire and stopped Major Hasan.


According to an Army publication: “Hasan reportedly started firing on Todd and Munley… Munley left her cover to pursue the shooter and Todd followed around the other side of the building, where the major was hiding.


“When Todd looked around the corner of the building, he saw Munley on the ground.


“She had been shot…”


Diversity in our community, the halls of government and in the ranks of the military protects us and makes us a stronger country.


We do not do anyone any favors when we, as a society, collectively overlook or excuse aberrant behavior because of a person’s religion, race, gender, or ethnic background. In the end, the only thing that should matter is performance and advancement based on merit.


When we fail to hold people accountable, it only makes the diversity we need in our society weaker, and our country suffers as a result.


Kevin Dayhoff writes from Westminster. E-mail him at


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