When Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed and wounded 43 American soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas on Thursday, 11/05/09, he was carrying out a Muslim’s duty to Islam. There is a history of such incidents in America after 9/11 which Daniel Pipes called the “Sudden Jihad Syndrome.”
Those who know Hasan describe him as a devout Muslim.
Dr. Val Finnell, a former classmate of of Hasan, described him as “a very outspoken opponent of the war… He equated the war against terror with a war against Islam.” And he declared that he was “a Muslim first and an American second.”
On the shooting of soldiers at Fort Hood, Finnell added, “…given the things that Major Hasan has said to me in the past and to other people, I am not surprised.”
A witness said that Hasan yelled “Allahu Akbar” before firing on the soldiers. Col. John Rossi said that, “We do have a witness who reported that.” These are the words uttered by Muslim terrorists just before the bomb explodes.
And someone writing under the name Nidal wrote a response to a post on May 20, 2009, “Martyrdom in Islam vs. Suicide Bombing”, which appears to be a warning for such an attack.
Islam demands total compliance. American Muslims serving the war effort in Iraq and Aghanistan against their fellow Muslims is not allowed. When a Muslim soldier or civilian decides that he can no longer stay on the fence, he has a religious awakening and decides to take action to prove he is a faithful Muslim.
In Hasan’s case, being killed while in the act of killing American soldiers preparing to fight in Afghanistan or Iraq against his brothers will bring him immediately to paradise and to the “august presence of God.” That will, of course, be delayed if he survives his wounds.
Days after 9/11, Daniel Pipes wrote, “Individual Islamists may appear law-abiding and reasonable, but they are part of a totalitarian movement, and as such, all must be considered potential killers.”
An incident on March 3rd, 2006 at the University of North Carolina proved him right. An Iranian student, Mohammad Reza Taheri-Azar, “drove a sport utility vehicle into a crowded pedestrian zone. He struck nine people but…none were severely injured.”
Taheri-azar was considered a “conscientious student and amiable person.” But after his attack, arrest and confinement, he made remarks that mirror other “sudden jihadists” cases in our nation:
- He told the 9/11 dispatcher that he wanted to “punish the government of the United States for their actions around the world.”
- He explained to a detective that ‘people all over the world are being killed in war and now it is the people in the United States [‘] turn to be killed.”
- He said he acted to “avenge the deaths of Muslims around the world.”
- He protrayed his actions as “an eye for an eye.”
- A police affidavit notes that “Taheri-azar repeatedly said that the United States Government had been killing his people across the sea and that he decided to attack.”
- He told a judge, “I’m thankful you’re here to give me this trial and to learn more about the will of Allah.”
Investor’s Business Daily (02/16/07) printed a list of amateur jihadists, most acting alone, who usually strike their victims at random (This article has been removed from their site.):
“It looks like the Muslim teen who opened fire on shoppers in a Salt Lake City mall is yet another case of ‘sudden jihad syndrome,’ a condition in which normal-appearing American Muslims abruptly turn violent.” (Feb. 13, 2007)
“A 23-year-old student, Mohammed Ali Alayed, who slashed the throat of his Jewish friend in Houston after apparently undergoing a religious awakening (he went to a local mosque afterward).”
“A 22-year-old student, Ismail Yassin Mohamed, who stole a car in Minneapolis and rammed it into other cars before stealing a van and doing the same, injuring drivers and pedestrians, while repeatly yelling, ‘Die, die, die, kill, kill, kill-all.'” He did this on orders from “Allah.”
More American Muslims showing their true colors:
“Sgt. Hasan Akbar, Muslim American Soldier, killed two [officers] and wounded 14 other troops after tossing grenades into two tents while soldiers slept at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait on March 23, 2003. He wrote in his diary: “I’m going to try and kill as many as possible.” Akbar was sentenced to death after a court martial.
It was his duty as a Muslim to side with his Muslim brothers in a war against the unbelievers.
Hassan Abujihaad, a Muslim and former U.S. sailor, was charged with “supporting terrorism with the intent to kill American citizens and with transmitting classified information to unauthorized recipients.” New York Times, March 9, 2007
The comments I see most about these incidents is that “Radical Islam” is to blame and what is needed is a reformation. In fact, there is only one Islam and one Quran. All Muslims read the same book. The words are taken literally. Muslims believe they were given to Muhammad through the angel Gabriel. The words are valid for all time. So there can be no reform of Allah’s words.
The Quran is filled with hate for the unbelievers and prescibes various ways to destroy the enemies of Islam. Muhammad, the founder of Islam, is revered by Muslims, and the hadiths, a record of the words and deeds of Muhammad, are second only to the Quran in importance to the faithful. Muslims (true believers) who commit these crimes against innocent people in the name of Islam are merely emulating the deeds of the prophet. See Muhammad: A Model For Today’s Terrorists, archives, Category Islam, this blog.
If reform of the religion were possible, it would no longer be Islam. But people would then be free to leave the religion without fear of death, free to engage the modern world. If they had the freedom to choose, most would, over time, embrace the world and Islam would wither away.
But that won’t happen.
Every Muslim is a potential candidate for the “sudden jihad syndrome” and our leaders who continue to be politically correct and ignore the true nature of Islamic terror in our midst are putting the lives of Americans at risk. But then, a “little” collateral damage is the price Americans must pay for this new world they are forcing on us.
They could stop the madness. But they won’t.