Hasan and Dar al-Hijrah

Monday, November 09, 2009 at 9:03 am

After writing my last post, I feel compelled to point out that while investigators may believe so far that Ft. Hood shooting suspect Nidal Malik Hasan acted alone, those who knew him say that he did exhibit what in retrospect are warning signs of religious-extremist behavior. Via Andrew Sullivan, this NPR report is a case in point:

They have grand rounds, right? They, you know, dozens of medical staff come into an auditorium, and somebody stands at the podium at the front and gives a lecture about some academic issue, you know, what drugs to prescribe for what condition. But instead of that, he – Hasan apparently gave a long lecture on the Koran and talked about how if you don’t believe, you are condemned to hell. Your head is cut off. You’re set on fire. Burning oil is burned down your throat.

And I said to the psychiatrist, but this cold be a very interesting informational session, right? Where he’s educating everybody about the Koran. He said but what disturbed everybody was that Hasan seemed to believe these things. And actually, a Muslim in the audience, a psychiatrist, raised his hand and said, excuse me. But I’m a Muslim and I do not believe these things in the Koran, and then I don’t believe what you say the Koran says. And then Hasan didn’t say, well, I’m just giving you one point of view. He basically just stared the guy down.

That’s a case where, as Gen. George Casey pointed out, the Muslim experience is particularly valuable, as the Muslim in the audience challenged Hasan’s portrayal of Koranic obligations. The fact that Hasan didn’t listen only deepens the point that his religion was a pretext for his psychosis.

The Washington Post reports that investigators, who still find more evidence than not that Hasan acted alone, are checking out Hasan’s attendance of the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in northern Virginia. Dar al-Hijrah, which I came across in reporting a couple of years ago about possible Falls Church links to terrorism, had an imam with murky connections to the 9/11 attackers. But, as an anonymous ex-counterterrorism official cautions to the Post, tons of people attended Dar al-Hijrah with no connection to al-Qaeda. What seems more important, judging from what’s being reported about the Hasan investigation, is that the accused murderer apparently spent a lot of time on extremist Websites, which might have sharpened his focus.

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Comment posted November 9, 2009 @ 12:12 pm

Exactly right. I am a Muslim and do not believe a single word that comes out of Hasan's mouth, much less of the words that come out of Al Qaeda's mouths as well. “Islamic” terrorists are even more hated in the Middle East than they are here — they not only also attack us, they tarnish our reputation.

In fact, today is the 9/11 for Jordan (the calendar is generally day/month/year, making today 9/11) when Al Zarqawi from Al Qaeda destroyed three hotels in suicide bombings. Terrorism hurts everyone, but people need to understand that we Muslims are also trying to end this saga.

Comment posted November 9, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

Not much to say, but “told you so”. Multiculti liberals have to face the brutal truth that Islam–particularilly of the Salafi variant–is a serious threat. Remember that this is a death cult, promising 'martyrs' an eternity of being serviced by 72 prostitutes–there is NOTHING in any of the World's major religions that compares to that. Fort Hood-style shootings are actually very common in the Islamic world; this sort of tragedy, along with suicide bombings, flying planes into buildings, &c., is practically unheard of in any other culture.

America, Britain and Canada have to get tough on Salafi Islam. Deporing Saudi-trained Imams, shutting down jihadi-front organisations (CAIR, Muslim Students Associations, Salafi mosques) and arresting Islamists under existing antisedition laws (web postings, which can be treated outside the purview of the First Amendment and Canadian Charter, as conspiracy and incitement of violence) would put a dent in the jihad problem. Pressure could be brought to bear against the Saudi's: if they don't stop funding terrorist cells (and don't supply the West with oil), bomb them and cut off their food shipments.

Conservatives sneer at liberals for being 'soft' on terrorism, but they helped lay these tracks. Ronnie Reagan's dimentia-addled policy of funding the Mujaheddin-cum-Taliban led right to 9/11. Also, read the nauseating, fawning, pro-Mujaheddin propaganda in the '80s (National Post, P.J. O'Rourke)…or watch Rambutt Two's Mujaheddin love story. Bush part I & II's Wars on Secular Ba'athism also helped Salafism spread its poison tentacles through Arabia.

Comment posted November 9, 2009 @ 10:34 pm

Let's see, not all muslims are terrorists, but almost all of the world's terrorists today are muslims, but this has no meaning… To be a Jihadi according to Mr Ackerman, means that you're insane. I have no trouble recognizing the Jihadis as brave soldiers fighting for their belief in their God, and that they are completely sane. That doesn't mean I would have difficulties killing the enemy, just that I don't need to kid myself that the enemy is insane. Actually I find the Jihadis make more sense from their perspctive than Mr Ackerman, who has no perspective outside of hate for anyone who is not a deluded left wing wing nut. Of all the silly 10s of thousands of words spilled on the subject, Mr Ackerman's are the most deluded that I have read. Watch Mr Ackerman back pedal furiously as the coming days reveal his foolishness.

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Comment posted November 10, 2009 @ 4:20 pm

You are starting to come around.
Hate to say we told ya so!

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You are starting to come around.
Hate to say we told ya so!

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