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Preventable Mass Murder


Political correctness is not merely annoying; it's dangerous.  When, on account of PC-induced soft-peddling of warning signs about unstable and radical behavior, a jihadist gunman mows down 13 unsuspecting people, it's time to check the PC at the door and act on what we know.  This isn't "racial profiling" or any other kind of "profiling," although that is the knee-jerk charge from the PC crowd.  It's what a country serious about its survival should insist upon.

We didn't, and Major Nadal Hasan exacted the price on November 5, 2009, at Ft. Hood, Texas.

Senators Lieberman and Collins have now issued a report that makes for shocking reading.  The key paragraph in the executive summary states:

Our basic conclusion is as follows: Although neither DoD nor the FBI had specific information concerning the time, place, or nature of the attack, they collectively had sufficient information to have detected Hasan's radicalization to violent Islamist extremism but failed both to understand and to act on it.  Our investigation found specific and systemic failures in the government's handling of the Hasan case and raises additional concerns about what may be broader systemic issues.

Obviously most Muslims are peaceable people.  But pretending that jihadism doesn't exist so that we will be seen as "tolerant" and "inclusive" is beyond stupid.  What we will actually be seen as is a country so feckless we fail to recognize the war we're in or even the identity of the enemy.

Ft. Hood was a preview of what follows from this degree of smiley-faced cluelessness.  How many more previews will it take for President Obama to wake up? 

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