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Friday, 6 November 2009

Nidal Malik Hasan urged US Muslims to “rise up”

The truth is out. Colleagues have revealed that the US Army psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan reacted gleefully to news of deaths of soldiers killed by suicide bombers and stated that his fellow US Muslims should “rise up” and attack the US for its foreign policy. In a Fox News interview Colonel Lee (one of Hasan’s colleagues) stated that Hasan had said "maybe people should strap bombs on themselves and go to Time Square."

Why was a man with such views permitted to remain in the US Army? We all know the answer: multiculturalism. Only a dyed-in-the-wool multiculturalist would not understand why Hasan – “a devout Muslim” according to a local imam – held such a deep animus towards his fellow non-Muslim American citizens. Faizul Khan, an imam who knew Hasan whilst he was resident in Washington, said of his conversations with Hasan “Mostly we were discussing religious matters, nothing too controversial, nothing like an extremist.” That’s right. Nothing like an extremist in a Quranic context of course.

Any Muslim who actively subscribes to and follows the tenets of their faith, believes that affiliation to the ummah – the global community of Muslims – trumps any affiliation to nation. To permit such a man to serve in the military, particularly at a time when the US is fighting a war against a number of Muslim majority states, highlights the folly of multiculturalism. Likewise, here in the UK, the armed forces and the police are encouraged to recruit more Muslims. Naturally, thankfully not all of them will be like Nidal Malik Hasan, but are we truly being wise when we encourage their recruitment to our military and security services? Are we not undermining their cohesion and effectiveness, as well as posing a risk to the physical safety of non-Muslim members of the armed forces?

For commentary on the Hasan case, please visit:

“Muslim army major kills 12 and injures 31 in shootout with troops at U.S. military base”, David Gardner, Daily Mail, http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/worldnews/article-1225627/Fort-Hood-shootings-Army-major-Nidal-Malik-Hasan-kills-12-injures-31-shootout-troops-army-base.html

“Fort Hood shooting: Nidal Malik Hasan 'said Muslims should rise up'”, Philip Sherwell, Daily Telegraph,
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/6511591/Fort-Hood-shooting-Nidal-Malik-Hasan-said-Muslims-should-rise-up.html

“Profile: Major Nidal Malik Hasan”, BBC, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8345944.stm

“Deadly shootings at US army base”, BBC, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/8345713.stm

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