Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Some Questions About the Fort Hood Shootings...

1) Why are there any Muslims left alive? I thought there was a War on Terror, or something. I thought Muslims were committed to killing us all and destroying our society and supplanting our culture (it says so in the Koran, you know), so why is there anyone walking around here speaking Arabic? Why is it that people can still see and experience Islamic culture, in all it's 7th century squalor, outside the confines of a museum? Is this actually a War, or is it simply a public relations campaign with guns? Yeah, I know; it's too difficult to actually kill that many people, and besides, the world is watching and whatever would they think? Actually, I don't give a damn what they think of us in Norway or Luxembourg -- this is a matter of life and death, and several thousand Americans have already died on the battlefield and in our streets.

(Note: I'm not advocating genocide, I'm asking the question in an exaggerated manner for effect. Spare me the hate mail).

2) Despite the outcry about there being 'good Muslims', Maj. Hasan's murders occurred in the same fortnight within which a Muslim father ran down and killed his own daughter for being 'too Western', a Muslim woman attempts to murder her husband in his sleep because 'he made her wear a miniskirt', and within the same month that another Muslim woman actually sued for separation from her parents because of her conversion and subsequent fear for her life. This is after another Muslim man beheads his wife, and several others kill their daughters for assimilating into the greater American culture. The same fundamental theme runs through all of these cases: this is a culture that refuses to modify it's own norms to conform to it's new host culture. It still believes that the solution to many of it's problems is in violence, and that violence is often sanctioned and required by it's faith. We have imported a vast crowd of people who hate us, don't want to be among us, refuse to assimilate with us, and in the end, feel totally justified in killing us when we refuse to kiss their asses. Ask them to leave, now, or we'll only see more of this sort of thing.

By all reports, Hasan was given everything by the United States (the Army even sent him to medical school), but he still regarded the murder his fellow soldiers as a religious duty. Allegedly.

3) If I hear one more asshole in the media try to advance this 'vicarious-PTSD theory' and use it as an excuse for Maj. Hasan, I will tear someones eyeballs out. It isn't a joke. I've suffered from PTSD (although certainly not anything like our troops serving overseas have) and I'm sick and tired of this aura of fear which surrounds it. People who suffer from PTSD are NOT crazy; in fact, they're probably some of the sanest individuals you'll ever meet. If they weren't sane, they wouldn't have been stressed to the point of illness by their experiences. Second, PTSD is NOT contagious. It's not Swine Flu, Herpes or Chicken Pox. You have to actually have been under extreme stress (usually a life and death stress) to develop it, and it's quite often easily controlled by therapy (it's never 'cured' because the experience remains for life).

I've encountered this sort of ignorance in my daily life and have been discriminated against for it on so many levels, I can't even begin to list them here. How we treat and regard people who have this disorder is a serious business (one which doesn't get as much attention as it should), and it's too important to be left as a threadbare defense for a murdering asshole who's prime motivation was his religion.

Yeah, I know none of this is politically correct, but I could care less. If I were a Muslim in the United States these days, I'd think very hard about whether or not I wanted to stay here. I'm not advocating anything, so no one do something stupid and assault someone or harass someone. But, there's a group of people out there who need to make a decision about whether they truly wish to be Americans.

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