It is unclear what might have motivated Major Hasan, who is suspected of killing 13 people. Senior military and law enforcement officials said they had tentatively dismissed the possibility that he was carrying out a terrorist plot. He seems to have been influenced by a mixture of political, religious and psychological factors, the officials said.
Muslim leaders, advocates and military service members have taken pains to denounce the shooting and distance themselves from Major Hasan. They make the point that his violence is no more representative of them than it is of other groups to which he belongs, including Army psychiatrists.
“I don’t understand why the Muslim-American community has to take responsibility for him,” said Ingrid Mattson, the president of the Islamic Society of North America. “The Army has had at least as much time and opportunity to form and shape this person as the Muslim community.”
I agree that the fact of being a soldier and a psychiatrist are just as likely to have led to Hasan’s mental instability. However, that is no excuse for this:
Muslim military members have often felt criticized for their service, Muslim chaplains, military members, veterans advocates and others said in interviews. Some return exhausted and traumatized from their tours, only to hear at their local mosques that they will go to hell for “killing Muslims”….
This particular article tries to divert the reader’s attention by emphasizing the problem of possibly killing “innocents” or “civilians.” That is a completely invalid argument, since it is not a problem specific to the US military, nor is it only a concern for Moslems. Moreover, it is not a problem for Moslems serving in majority Moslem military forces such as the Taliban, Hamas, the Sadr brigades, Hezbollah, or anywhere else. The reporter who threw this in is an idiot.
Another article clarifies the actual problem, quoting an 18-year-old Moslem who knew Hasan:
“He felt he was supposed to quit,” Mr. Reasoner said. “In the Koran, it says you are not supposed to have alliances with Jews or Christians, and if you are killed in the military fighting against Muslims, you will go to hell.”
The bottom line is that there is actually no Moslem orthodoxy, and so some of them adopt an idealized orthodoxy that includes allegiance to an imaginary, invisible caliphate. If they don’t want to be on the “wrong” side of a religious war, they need to get over that.
A lot of Christians and Jews have similar ideas, except that most of them at this point in history are not willing to die for it. I’m referring to the various groups throughout history that have been willing to die for what they imagined to be a “kingdom of God on earth”: the medieval crusaders; the soldiers who marched in wars of European conquest at the orders of various popes; the Fifth Monarchy Men and others during the English civil war; the soldiers of certain “holy” European empires, such as the Polish, German, and Russian; and the Zionists before the establishment of modern Israel.
The Christians and Jews who have idolized their political leaders under the pretense of fighting for the “kingdom of God on earth” are no different from the soldiers of the Ottoman empire, the soldiers of various Chinese and Japanese emperors who were worshipped as gods, the soldiers of Roman emperors who were worshipped as gods, or the soldiers of ancient American, Mesopotamian, African, or Asian cultures who worshipped their leaders as gods.
When the ignorant and hopeless atheists whine about religion, these are the miscreants they are talking about. They can’t help it, because all they care about is political power. Like the Fifth Monarchy Men, the Moslems, the Nazis, the communists, the eugenicists, the Dominionists, the Restorationists, the environmentalists, the climate-change nuts, and the One-Worlders, their only objective is to create a perfect environment on earth so that they can finally be happy. Naturally, a perfect social environment requires killing, enslaving, or controlling all the bad people who might spoil the perfection.