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Friday, November 06, 2009

Friday Afternoon Roundup - A Brief Shooting Roundup

In lieu of a regular extensive Friday Afternoon Roundup, I'll just offer some quick links to people who are doing it better on the major story of the last two days. The Fort Hood attacks.

First up is Andrew Bostom who looks at the martyrdom of Nidal Malik Hassan

And the contemporary advocacy of such “martyrdom” operations by Islam’s most esteemed mainstream clerics is what ultimately gives legitimacy to the mass murderous actions of pious Muslims such as Nidal Malik Hassan. This is the unspoken, but irrefragable truth our craven “elites” in the military, government, and media must be forced to acknowledge, and confront.

Indeed, which is any war that fails to acknowledge the ideological basis for terrorism in those fatwas is as futile as fighting Communism while avoiding saying anything bad about Lenin.

Next Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch has a lot of important updates on Hassan.

Hassan, like many Muslims viewed the War on Terror as a War on Islam.

The initial spin about Hassan being harassed for being a Muslim has turned out to be so much hot air.

And there is a possibility that Hassan was reacting to Al Queda's latest marching orders

The gunman who killed 12 people today at Ft. Hood appears, based on current media reports, to be Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan who was listed as a participant in a Homeland Security Policy Institute's presidential transition task force last year.

The task force was not officially affiliated with the White House. It was a project of the Homeland Security Policy Institute, an independent thinktank housed at George Washington University, aimed at drafting policy recommendations for the incoming Obama administration.

According to the task force's May 2009 report [pdf], a "Nidal Hasan" from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine was a task force event participant. Other participants included Senate and House staffers, Department of Homeland Security officials, Defense Department officials, and reporters for Politico, the Washington Post, and the London Times....


In the 11th edition of the online magazine Sada al-Malahim (The Echo of Battle), which was released to jihadist Web sites last week, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Nasir al-Wahayshi wrote an article that called for jihadists to conduct simple attacks against a variety of targets. The targets included "any tyrant, intelligence den, prince" or "minister" (referring to the governments in the Muslim world like Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Yemen), and "any crusaders whenever you find one of them, like at the airports of the crusader Western countries that participate in the wars against Islam, or their living compounds, trains etc.," (an obvious reference to the United States and Europe and Westerners living in Muslim countries)....

The Muslims Against Sharia blog cites my own look at Faizal Khan that I posted yesterday. As does Andrew Bostom.

Atlas Shrugs cites Hassan's participation in a Homeland Security Panel

The gunman who killed 12 people today at Ft. Hood appears, based on current media reports, to be Army psychiatrist Nidal Hasan who was listed as a participant in a Homeland Security Policy Institute's presidential transition task force last year.

The task force was not officially affiliated with the White House. It was a project of the Homeland Security Policy Institute, an independent thinktank housed at George Washington University, aimed at drafting policy recommendations for the incoming Obama administration.

According to the task force's May 2009 report [pdf], a "Nidal Hasan" from the Uniformed Services University School of Medicine was a task force event participant. Other participants included Senate and House staffers, Department of Homeland Security officials, Defense Department officials, and reporters for Politico, the Washington Post, and the London Times....

Meanwhile back in Israel, Hassan's family's former Arab neighbors in Jerusalem are celebrating the attack

China Confidential sources in East Jerusalem say many residents of the predominantly Arab section are expressing strong support for the Muslim U.S. Army major who mowed down his fellow soldiers at the huge Fort Hood, Texas base and processing center for troops bound for Afghanistan and Iraq.

The word on the so-called Arab street is that Major Nidal Malik Hasan should be admired because he stood up for fellow Muslims overseas, against U.S. "aggression," and that his anger, disappointment, and presumed sense of betrayal over U.S. President Barack Obama's failure to end the Afghan and Iraq conflicts is understandable, especially in light of Obama's own Muslim heritage.

In Hamas-ruled Gaza, sources say, the reaction is overwhelmingly in support of the shooter. He would clearly be given a hero's welcome there.

Maybe it's time we finally woke up. Time and past time.

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