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Media and President In Further Denial   November 6th, 2009
Media and President in Denial Regarding Ft. Hood Terrorist Attack       

 
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The disgusting shooting at Ft. Hood is further highlighting absurdities in both the media and the White House.

First we had President Obama this morning:

"We don't know all the answers yet. And I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts," Mr. Obama said in a Rose Garden statement otherwise devoted to the economy.


And we have CBS reporting:

Thursday's shooting left 13 dead and 30 wounded. Hasan survived a gunshot wound and was in stable condition, under guard, in a local hospital as investigators try to piece together what motivated the rampage.


Having said that, we have the following information:

Soldiers who witnessed the shooting rampage that killed 13 people at Fort Hood military base in Texas have reported that gunman Major Nidal Malik Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar" before opening fire.

Imam Faizul Khan says he knew Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan for more than 10 years. They first met at the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring...

On a form filled out by those seeking spouses through a program at the mosque, Kahn says Hasan listed his birthplace as Arlington, Va., but his nationality as Palestinian. Khan says he doesn't know why because Hasan was born in the United States.

An Army psychiatrist suspected of opening fire on fellow soldiers at Fort Hood cleaned out his apartment and left a phone message saying goodbye to a friend in the days before the rampage that left 13 people dead, neighbors said Friday.

One neighbor, Patricia Villa, said Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan came over to her apartment Wednesday and Thursday and offered her some items, including a new Quran, saying he was going to be deployed on Friday.

A classmate of the Fort Hood shooting suspect says Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was an outspoken opponent of the U.S. war on terror and called it a "war against Islam."...

Finnell says Hasan told classmates he was "a Muslim first and an American second."

Thursday's shooting left 13 dead and 30 wounded. Hasan survived a gunshot wound and was in stable condition, under guard, in a local hospital as investigators try to piece together what motivated the rampage.


All I have to say is, "Come on!"

I have nothing against a full investigation as to what happened and I'm not suggesting that any action be taken against other Muslims as a result of this attack, but exactly how much evidence is needed before there's a pretty solid presumption of the motives?

The guy was born in America but claimed to be Palestinian. The fact that he started saying goodbye days before strongly suggests he didn't "snap" but rather that this was a premeditated plan. He gave a neighbor a brand new Koran. He shouted "Allahu Akbar" before he started shooting. He had stated that he was a Muslim first and an American second. He was opposed to the War on Terror. And he shot, injured, and killed dozens of unsuspecting people that might have well been sitting on a bus in Israel as a terrorist detonates a suicide vest.

Exactly what conclusion is the president afraid we're going to jump to? That we've just been subject to a terrorist attack on a military base on Obama's watch? Is he afraid that we'll include that, amazingly, Islam was likely the motivating factor in this attack?

I don't think we're jumping to conclusions, Mr. President. I think you're avoiding conclusions... perhaps waiting and hoping that there will be some scrap of exculpatory evidence that might allow some plausible explanation for what happened other than that which the overwhelming amount of evidence points to.

The fake confusion of the media in portraying the motive as somehow hard to understand is also disturbing. Some articles I've read have even pondered possible explanations for this man doing what he did without even mentioning the possibility that it was a matter of Islamic extremism. This article doesn't even use the word "Islam", "Muslim", "religion", "religious", or "extremist."

Why is it some people have such a hard time saying, "He was a radical Islamist terrorist and that's why he killed."

Maybe that's not true. Maybe I'm wrong. But I bet I'm not.

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