How frustrating it must be for Major Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood mass murderer, a self-described Soldier of Allah, to have his mighty act of religious defiance classified as “workplace violence” by the Obama administration! Yesterday Major Hasan sent several documents to Fox News, in which he explained himself as a jihadist. While much briefer, they can reasonably be compared to Mein Kampf, which Hitler, like Hasan, wrote while incarcerated. You can read some of the documents here.
Hasan believes that the murders he committed are entirely logical if only one understands Islam. I think he is probably right about that. His explanations are addressed to a Western audience: try to follow me now, he says, as I instruct you in the most elementary principles of Islam:
Is Preferring An American Democracy Over Sharia’h (Islamic Governance) Permissible?
The answer is simply No.
At this point, Hasan drops a footnote which says, “I’m not an Islamic scholar but the Qur’an makes this clear.” That is what a lot of us are afraid of.
[T]here is an inherent and irreconcilable conflict. American democracy places the sovereignty of man over the sovereignty of All-Mighty God. In other words, in an American democracy, “we the people” govern according to what “we the people” think is right or wrong, even if it specifically goes against what All-Mighty God commands.
In footnotes, Hasan offers a number of examples of how American democracy conflicts with Islam:
Freedom of Speech: The current interpretation of what free speech is [!] or the extent free speech is allowed can be problematic. in Islam freedom of speech does not extend to insulting Islam, All-Mighty God, or His prophets.
Sure, much as under Communism, freedom of speech does not extend to insulting Communism. Laws against polygamy are also a problem:
Polygamy: Currently [!] a man can’t marry more than one wife without getting arrested but that same man can marry another man and have multiple mistresses without fear of being arrested.
He could, but he probably wouldn’t want to. Another problem is that we Americans go way too easy on our wrongdoers:
Punishment: It would be considered “cruel or unusual punishment” to punish a person by a punishment that All-Mighty God has ordained like the flogging of a fornicator or severing the hand of a thief.
By failing to enforce such penalties, our government loses all claim to legitimacy. Therefore, in another document, Hasan felt obliged to renounce his American citizenship:
I, Nidal Malik Hasan, am compelled to renounce any oaths of allegiances that require me to support/defend any man-made constitution (like the Constitution of the United States) over the commandments mandated in Islam (Quran and Sunnah). … I therefore formally renounce my oath of office as well as any other implicit or explicit oaths I have made in the past that associate partners with All-Mighty God [sic]. This includes my oath of U.S. citizenship.
Now he tells us! I suppose one could say that Hasan renounced both his military oath and his oath of citizenship when he opened fire on his fellow soldiers at Ford Hood, killing 13 of them. Since then, Hasan has evidently been annoyed that his actions have not been placed in the proper context; i.e., he did only what any good Muslim would do. Is he a lunatic, or just a faithful reader of the Qu’ran? He wishes to convince us of the latter.
Whatever you think of Hasan, a couple of points are indisputable: 1) The fact that this fanatic was employed by the U.S. Army to provide psychological counseling to servicemen indicates a severe dysfunction within our armed forces. 2) The Obama administration’s refusal to consider Hasan’s act of mass murder when boasting of its successful defense against radical Islamic attacks is a bad joke.