On 5 November 2009 at the Fort Hood Army Base Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan shot and killed 13 servicemen and servicewomen (one of whom was pregnant) and wounded another 32 others all the while reportedly shouting "Allahu Akbar" (God is Great). Prior to this happening Hasan had been in contact with the Islamic extremist Anwar al-Awlaki who, in a sermon on his blog on 15 July 2009 wrote "Blessed are those who fight against [American soldiers] and blessed are those shuhada [martyrs] who are killed by them".
The US Department of Defence set the tone by describing the incident as a case of "extreme workplace violence" rather than call it for what it clearly is ... a terrorist act by an Islamic terrorist. Ever since then Hasan has been treated with kid gloves and afforded every protection and more as his case comes to trial.
The latest move in this saga happened just 5 days ago when the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (a civilian Appellant Court) ordered the Military Trial Judge, Colonel Gregory Gross, dismissed and a new judge found. What led to this? Colonel Gross had ordered that Major Hasan present himself to the Court clean shaven in accordance with military regulations. This apparently (in the eyes of the Judges of the Appeals Court) constituted judicial bias against Major Hasan.
One has to wonder what the families of the dead and the 32 wounded think of all of this. Are they being treated with equal 'respect'? Knowing the way the military functions I suspect that those still serving have been told just to get on with their lives while those who have since left have been cut loose.
This is political correctness gone mad by an administration that would run a mile not to cause offence to radical Islam and bugger the feelings of the rest.
May 28 in history
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