America fighting back in Killeen courtroom
|Mullah Omar of the Afghani Taliban|
Ft. Hood – The numbers and the names, the facts and the figures are implacable - and easy to read.
The names and the players are all so familiar to soldiers at this sprawling fortress. Many of them have been there – more than once - during a ten-year war of nerves carried out through means of terror on continents from Asia to Africa, Europe to America.
Murder claimed the lives of 2.2 persons in Chicago – a city where sales of handguns are legally banned - for every one American killed in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan during the corresponding decade.
It's a fresh talking point, a buzz word in the continuing dialogue over American gun rights. The conservative on-line media is humming with the newly calculated fact, led by “World Net Daily.”
|Graphic from World Net Daily|
In a final day of pre-trial preparation before the beginning of presentation of evidence and testimony in the general court martial of Maj. Abu Nidal Malik Hasan, the former Army psychiatrist who with a handgun claimed the lives of 13 unarmed soldiers at this military post on Guy Fawkes Day, Nov. 5, 2009, it's not a bad idea to take a look at the motives behind what seems, at first glance, to have been a senseless act.
Maj. Hasan made an earlier motion claiming a mitigating factor in his attack, which the government seeks to prove was a premeditated act involving the attempted murder of an additional 32 people in the Soldier Readiness Center. He said his motive in the deadly attack was the defense of other peoples' lives. That's an affirmative defense to premeditated murder that is enumerated in the Rules of Courts Martial.
He said he sought to save the lives of the Mullah Omar and other members of the command structure of the Taliban in the Emirate of Afghanistan.
Col. Tara Osborn, the military judge in the case, promptly denied his motion to delay his trial by another three months in order to prepare his defense after eliciting his testimony that he justified his murderous attack at a Texas Army post because he was scheduled to deploy there in the near future. Some of the people being readied to transfer to the combat zone might have been headed that way, too.
“Let me get this straight,” she said. “These people (Taliban) were in Afghanistan.” He blithely agreed that he attacked unarmed Americans at a Texas Army post in this mad equation to protect the lives of opposition combatants in Afghanistan.
“...Your motion is untimely and obstructionist,” she ruled.
In fact, the government will seek to prove that in e-mail he sent to the Imam Anwar Awlaki in Yemen, he “gushed” with his desire to join other jihadists in Islamic high heaven. Awlaki since then lost his life in an American drone rocket attack that singled him out as an enemy of his fellow Americans as he rode in a pickup truck through the Yemeni desert. A similar attack claimed the life of his son.
A former teacher at the mosque in Falls Church, Virginia, Awlaki preached Islamic jihad in a continuing global war of terror, both in the war zone, and on U.S. soil. He was a native American citizen connected to many acts of domestic terrorism through his teachings and encouragement.
According to former Yemeni Prime Minister Abdul Karim al-Iryani, 9/11 highjacker Khalid al Mihdhar developed a close relationship with Awlaki during his preparations for the attack on the U.S.S. Cole that killed 17 sailors and wounded 39 in October of 2000. He returned to America and participated in highjacking one of the jets that carried he and other jihadists to glory in the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
Military analysts note that the radical Taliban that once ruled Afghanistan with an iron fist before American intervention is just a part of a more conservative movement, the Muslim Brotherhood. (click here for a discussion on the subject)
They say the brotherhood, which was founded in British-occupied Cairo, Egypt, in 1928, has spawned many radical organizations from its ranks, all of them bent on jihad. In fact, some military historians trace the origin of the Palestinian branch, Hamas, and the Lebanese organization, Hezbollah, to a special terrorist section created by Nazi black operatives prior to World War Two. Their mission, to oppose British interests in the protectorates of Palestine and Aden, in Egypt and the Emirates of the Gulf states, is still being carried out today - against American armed forces overseas and American civilians on U.S. soil.
Compared to Dr. Hasan's jihadist presentation to fellow psychiatric residents at Walter Reed Army Hospital in the early part of the first decade of the 21st century, the 20th century founding motto of the Muslim Brotherhood sounds very familiar.
In his analysis of conscientious objection by fellow soldiers of the Islamic faithful, Maj. Hasan wrote, “We love death more than you love life.”
The founding motto of the Muslim Brotherhood states:
“Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur'an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”
The stated goal of the jihad, the holy war against Christians and Jews, is based on the infamous “Verse of the Sword,” Qur'an 9.29:
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the last day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of truth (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the jizya (holy tax of dhimmitude) with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”