On Wednesday a panel of 13 military officers handed down a death sentence for Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist who at Fort Hood in November 2009 killed 13 people and wounded 32 others. One of the survivors applauded the verdict and said Hasan doesn't deserve to live. But in all likelihood the mass murderer will escape the death penalty and live on as a hero to his fellow jihadists.
The U.S. military has not executed an active-duty soldier since 1961, a span of more than half a century. The appeal process is lengthy and the final call goes to the president of the United States. The current incumbent is Barack Obama and the Hasan case served as a showcase for the president's absurd and dangerous policies, such as decoupling terrorism and Islam. In the president's view the problem is not imperialist Islam but stereotypes of Islam and "Islamophobia," anything less than worshipful of the notion that Islam is a "religion of peace." Nidal Hasan calls that stereotype into question.
As Andrew McCarthy noted in Spring Fever, Hasan was a "five-alarm jihadist," and self-described "Soldier of Allah." That raised legitimate concerns for the safety of U.S. troops, but it was not the only problem with the American-born Muslim. The Walter Reed Army Medical Center evaluated Captain Hasan as supremely incompetent. Even so, Captain Hasan gained promotion to major, the rank he held while making meticulous preparations to kill American soldiers.