Can they call it terrorism now?
With the death sentence Wednesday for the former Army major who gunned down 13 victims at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009, lawmakers are trying again to force the Obama administration acknowledge it for the terrorist attack it was, according to Fox News.
The Obama administration has refused to classify Nidal Hasan’s attack as an act of terrorism, instead designating it ludicrously as an incident of “workplace violence” – no more related to the war against Islamist fascism than a warehouse worker who shoots his boss after getting laid off.
Even for an administration that generally refuses to acknowledge the fundamental reality that words have meanings, the Fort Hood travesty stands out. If it wasn’t terrorism, what was it?
“Hasan yelled ‘Allahu Akbar’ as he attacked Americans and claimed his rampage was in defense of the Taliban,” said U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.
“His attack was an act of terrorism, not simply workplace violence, and we must continue to pursue justice for those wounded and the families of those killed by not only seeing this sentence carried out, but also by ensuring they receive the full benefits they deserve.”
But like everything in this administration, the duplicity has a political purpose.
The faulty designation spares President Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel the embarrassment of acknowledging an Islamist terrorist attack by an American military officer on American soil, but it also denies Hasan’s targets and the survivors of those who died health and death benefits they would have received for combat-induced deaths or injuries.
In addition to financial benefits, it would also mean a Purple Heart decoration to the servicemen and women Hasan shot (only one of the fatalities was a civilian), just as the military awarded Purple Hearts to service personnel wounded or killed in the 9/11 attacks.
Some Fort Hood survivors say they’re waiting for justice, even after Hasan was sentenced to death.
According to Fox News, Staff Sgt. Shawn Manning, shot six times by Hasan during the rampage, said he and his comrades are “fighting the government and the Army to call this an act of terrorism.”
“It’s like a slap in the face,” he said.
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