Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hasan Made Presentation About Muslims in U.S. Military in '07

The Washington Post has revealed that Major Nidal Malik Hasan made a presentation concerning Muslims in the U.S. military in June 2007 while he was still at Walter Reed Army Hospital.

Hasan, an army psychiatrist, was supposed to discuss a medical topic but instead presented a paper titled, "The Koranic World View As It Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military." His report contained a single recommendation that Muslim soldiers have the option to be released as conscientious objectors "to increase troop morale and decrease adverse events." When he speaks of "adverse events" one wonders if he was contemplating murder back then.

Of course, this revelation begs several questions.

Did Hasan apply for conscientious objector status?

If he did and was denied on what grounds did the U.S. Army decline his application?

If Hasan's views are prevalent amongst Muslims in the U.S. military then why did they enlist in the first place?

Do Muslim soldiers object to all wars or only war that involve countries with a significant Muslim populace?

If Muslim soldiers object to fighting other Muslims in Afghanistan and Iraq what do they have to say about Muslims killing other Muslims when the Taliban controlled Afghanistan and when Saddam Hussein ruled Iraq? Don't they wish to come to the aid of their fellow Muslims in their capacity as U.S. soldiers?

Is Hasan the only Muslim soldier to have expressed these sentiments? If not then what steps will the U.S. military take to prevent another "adverse event"?

At the very minimum, this is the latest in a long line of red flags in which one can draw no other conclusion than that Nidal Malik Hasan had no place in any branch of the U.S. military.

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