Fort Hood: Political Correctness Gone Wrong?
Eugene Robinson keeps it real on the disservice by Army personnel who didn’t want to report Maj. Nidal Hasan’s peculular behavior.
There’s a difference between sensitivity and stupidity. If there were indeed signs that Maj. Nidal Hasan, the alleged Fort Hood mass murderer, was becoming radicalized in his opposition to the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army had a duty to act — before he did.
Gen. George Casey, the Army chief of staff, said Sunday that he was concerned “this increased speculation” about Hasan’s evolving political and religious views “could cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers.” Casey is right to worry about the lunatics and bigots who now will think of all Muslims in the military as potential enemies. But it only feeds such paranoia to ignore alarm bells that an unstable individual, Muslim or not, is about to blow.
Isn’t it the government who says to Americans, “if you see something, say something?”
Unfortunately Fort Hood didn’t get the memo.