“A spade is a spade,” began the argument in Steve Sherman’s guest opinion that ran in these pages two weeks ago. Sherman went on to say that political correctness allowed U.S. Army Major Nidal Hasan to fly under the radar before going on a killing spree that took 13 lives.
I found his assertions excessively spacious on several levels.
For one thing, Sherman claims that Nidal’s shouting of “Allahu Akbar” proves that he is an Islamic terrorist. Seems like one of the boys in the Columbine shooting wore a cross. Does that make him a Christian terrorist?
For another thing, Sherman defines terrorism as a “deliberate act,” but then fails to offer any evidence that the acts of Nidal were deliberate. If anything the facts point to the opposite. Hasan was a major in the U.S. Army. As an ex-service member, I can attest that reaching the rank of major just doesn’t happen. If anything was deliberate, it appears it’s Hasan’s effort to be a good citizen of the United States. From what I’ve read, Hasan cracked under the strain of serving this country’s actions as set into motion by the Bush administration and his religion at the same time.
But what I object to the most is the cause and effect Sherman tries to imply between our current president, the dastardly murders and the perilous condition the world is in today. If we’re calling a spade a spade, it is the criminal acts and brazen stupidity of the Bush administration that has brought us to where we are today. It’s the Bush administration that squandered the international good will that could have brought Bin Laden to justice. It’s the Bush administration that took their eye off the ball in Afghanistan and fabricated reasons to attack Iraq. It’s the Bush administration that brought back torture and oversaw Abu Ghraib. It’s the Bush administration that held Saudi hands, kissed Saudi cheeks and arranged expedited Saudi passage out of the country after 9/11.
Mr. Sherman: Where are the weapons of mass destruction? How many of the 9/11 terrorists were Saudis? What actionable intelligence was gained through repeated and pervasive torture? Where is Bin Laden? What do you call U,S. missile strikes that kill civilians?
Oddly enough, I do agree with some of Sherman’s other points.
For example, I say bravo when he states: “Regular, peace loving Muslims, please arise and differentiate yourselves from these terrorist murderers, as they dishonor you, and the faith that you love.” I agree whole-heartedly that Islamic extremism is so pervasive that all Muslims should be held to account for the actions of the Taliban, Al Qaeda, etc.
Their feet should be held to the fire, if not waterboarded.
While we are calling a spade a spade and cleaning house, we should call President Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and crew for what they are: international war criminals. We should also hold responsible the people that voted them into office. Let’s get a list of those registered Republicans and fine them. People that actively worked on the campaign should be found guilty of war profiteering and do hard time.
Regular peace loving Republicans please arise...
I also agree that President Obama has not been active enough. Besides opting not to charge President Bush with war crimes, he has been slow to deliver on many of his domestic policy promises.
In Mr. Sherman’s closing paragraph he returns to his calling a spade a spade theme: “A spade is a spade. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it probably is a duck, and this president is ‘All Hat, No Cattle.’\