What if the Fort Hood shooter had been named Major Joseph Robert Lee, instead of Major Nidal Malik Hasan?
What if he had been a Caucasian born in Selma, Alabama, instead of an Arab-American born in Arlington, Virginia?
What if knowledge of his family roots had caused Joseph Robert Lee to list his nationality as Confederate States of America rather than "United States of America," the way that Nidal Malik Hasan--born in Arlington, Virginia of immigrant parents, listed his nationality as "Palestinian" on a document he filled out at the Silver Springs, Maryland mosque he attended?
What if he had signed himself as JoeBob while posting on websites where he advocated violent overthrow of the U.S. government if there was an attempt to disarm citizens in violation of the Second Amendment, instead of signing himself NidalMalik in online postings praising suicide bombers as heroes making a sacrifice "for a noble cause," and suggesting people “strap bombs on themselves and go into Times Square?”
What if it had been Joe Bob who attended the same Evangelical Christian church at the same time as Oklahoma City bombers Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols, instead of Nidal Malik attending the same mosque at the same time as Nawaf al-Hazmi and Hani Hanjour, two of the September 11 hijacker terrorists?
What if it had been Joseph Robert Lee proselytizing colleagues and patients while on the job, inviting them to become Christians, instead of Nidal Malik Hasan proselytizing patients and co-workers and inviting them to become Muslims? What if Joseph had passed out Bibles the way Nidal passed out Qu'rans? Would being placed on probation and warned not to do it again have been enough in that case? Or would it have ended his career?
Would Joseph Robert Lee have been dismissed by the FBI as harmless and promoted by Army brass from Captain to Major after exchanging about a dozen emails with a Christian preacher who had ties to the Tea Party movement or the Minuteman Project? Captain Nidal Malik Hasan was cleared by the FBI and promoted to Major after provably exchanging 10 to 20 emails with radical Muslim cleric Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, a known supporter of armed jihad against the United States, and also after Captain Hasan tried to contact several other Al-Qaeda terrorist leaders.
What if Joseph Robert Lee had been a minor member of President Bush's transition team when he took office in 2001, prior to the 9-11 tragedy, identical to the way Nidal Malik Hasan was a minor member of President Obama's transition team (see page 32 of the linked, official pdf) when he took office in 2009? Would that have been headlined on the evening news and in newspapers across the nation?
How much of a difference do you think it would have made if the shooter had been an Evangelical Christian who committed this act of treason -- the first time in United States history that a commissioned officer in our Armed Forces turned a gun on fellow soldiers and murdered them in premeditated, cold blood? Especially if it had not been the first time in recent years that a member of this particular religious faith had used the teachings of that faith and passages from a book the faith considered to be holy as justification for killing fellow American soldiers? Do you think it would have been reported differently by the Mainstream Media?
How many calls of "don't rush to judgement" would have been heard from President Obama if the shooter had been Evangelical Christian Joseph Robert Lee?
How many politicians and media pundits would have leaped to defend Evangelical Christians and insisted that they are not all tarred with the same brush because of the actions of the murderer?
How many would have worried about a "backlash" against Christians, or the danger of stereotyping and profiling white southern Americans?
How many questions would have been raised about the judgment, intelligence and fitness to serve of the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces if this tragedy had happened while George Bush was president? How many allegations would have flown about Republican failures to make Americans safe if the GOP had still controlled both the House and the Senate?
Of course, the outcry that it is America's love of guns that caused the deaths would have been a lot louder, because that's the one thing you can count on as a politically-correct, enlightened, knee-jerk response no matter what the shooter's name would have been. But the response from the Democrat President, Speaker of the House, and Senate Majority Leader would certainly have been a lot quicker, a lot louder, and a lot less cautious and concerned about stirring up bigotry and feeding negative stereotypes if the shooter had been named Joseph Robert Lee.
And I believe that I can say this quite positively based on other recent events that showed much more of a "rush to judgement" feeding bigotry and negative stereotypes. And in this I am completely agreeing with Rush Limbaugh, who said it earlier today.
But the real question the Fort Hood murders raises is how long we are going to continue to allow "political correctness" to place American lives in jeopardy?
Major Nidal Malik Hasan himself warned of the dangers of Muslims in the U.S. Armed Forces, in a presentation he gave while still at Walter Reed titled, The Koranic World View As It Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military. He warned that for pious Muslims, He ended that presentation with a statement that is even more chilling in hindsight than it first appeared: "We love death more then [sic] you love life!"
And the most chilling thing about that statement, ending a presentation in which Hasan, among other points, justified armed overthrow of a non-Islamic government such as our own and establishment of a world-wide Islamic state under strict Shari'a law, is that it is a view shared by 65.2% of mainstream, non-extremist Muslims throughout the world, according to a 2007 survey conducted by the University of Maryland and World Public Opinion.
But in the face of statistics, and statements to the contrary from radical Muslims, the liberal media prefers to view Hasan's actions as just another example of a solider -- trained to violence -- "cracking" under stress and reacting violently as he was trained to do. Basically, the same response we heard President Obama give today. The same response that will no doubt become the official verdict on this couldn't-possibly-be-a-terrorist-act "incident" unless men and women of principle within the military and intelligence communities make sure that the full truth is told.
How very different things might have been if the shooter's name had been Major Joseph Robert Lee.
And how much simpler for the current Powers That Be.