Almost before the echo of gunfire from the massacre at Ft. Hood had faded, the news media launched a pre-emptive rationalization for the slaughter committed by Muslim traitor Nidal Malik Hasan. To divert attention from the shooter's inconvenient name ("I cringe that he's Muslim," said Newsweek's Evan Thomas), the talking heads began speculating sympathetically about the fragile mental state of poor frazzled Hasan, who had never seen combat but nonetheless must have "snapped." After all, surely there could be no rational, ideological motive for the mass murder, which President Obama labeled "incomprehensible." And "it's certainly not about his religion, Islam," denied Senator Lindsey Graham. Indeed, from listening to such "experts" as irrelevant diet book author Dr. Phil ("this is not a well act"), you'd think that Hasan was the victim, not the fourteen dead* and the nearly thirty seriously wounded that he left in his heartless wake. Even as a mountain of accumulating evidence irrefutably exposed Hasan's act as premeditated violent jihad against the U.S. military, stubborn left-leaning commentators clung to their theory of mental derangement.
Meanwhile the national discussion has segued to our own collective insanity, political correctness, which we are now discovering paved the very way for the massacre. It is this cultural and mental straightjacket that forced a U.S. Army general to say diversity is more important than losing American lives; that compelled our Homeland Security Secretary to reassure the Arab world that we're doing everything we can to protect against a mythical Muslim backlash; that prevented people from speaking out about red flags that could have saved the lives of everyone murdered at Ft. Hood; and that prevents our officials from even naming the enemy. No such ailment afflicts the jihadists, however, who are celebrating Hasan as a hero, who have no problem acknowledging his ideological intent, and who recognize our political correctness as a self-inflicted fatal wound. Unlike our leaders and media elites, they don't sap their wartime focus with hand-wringing and navel-gazing.