Major Hasan's Islamist Life

(FrontPageMagazine) Daniel Pipes - Initial responses from the U.S. Army, law enforcement, politicians, and journalists broadly agreed that Maj. Nidal Hasan's murderous rampage had nothing to do with Islam. But evidence keeps accumulating that confirms Hasan's Islamist outlook, his jihadi temperament, and his bitter hatred of kafirs (infidels). One official at Walter Reed Army Medical Center told colleagues of his worries "that if Hasan deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, he might leak secret military information to Islamic extremists." Another official reportedly wondered aloud to colleagues whether Hasan might be capable of committing fratricide, recalling Sergeant Hasan Akbar's 2003 rampage. At Ft. Hood, his supervisor, Captain Naomi Surman, recalled his telling her that as an infidel she would "burn in hell." The writer is director of the Middle East Forum and Taube distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution of Stanford University.

2009-11-20 08:33:59

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