The Washington Post reports:
The Army psychiatrist suspected of killing 12 soldiers and a civilian here last week was in e-mail contact earlier this year with a radical cleric in Yemen who has decried what he calls America’s war against Islam, a federal law enforcement official said Monday.
We also learned that there were “10 and 20 e-mails from Maj. Nidal M. Hasan to Anwar al-Aulaqi, a U.S. citizen who once was a spiritual leader at the suburban Virginia mosque where Hasan had worshipped.” And who is the cleric?
Aulaqi, an American-born Muslim prayer leader, wrote in a blog posting Monday, that Hasan was “a hero” and a “man of conscience who could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people.” He praised “the virtue” of the Fort Hood shooting and said the only way a Muslim could justify serving in the U.S. Army was if he intended to “follow in the footsteps of men like Nidal.”
Aulaqi preached at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Va., when Hasan was attending it in 2001. U.S. authorities say Aulaqi, who left the United States in 2002 and later settled in Yemen, has become a supporter and leading promoter of al-Qaeda.
Of course, this complicates the “stress made him do it” theory. He wasn’t reaching out to a mental-health guru or to Oprah. The president, who had all the facts he needed to conclude that Professor Skip Gates had been racially profiled, isn’t drawing any conclusions. Is it terrorism? Well, it depends.
If you prefer some clear-eyed, straight talk on the matter, Cliff May offers this compelling take: “I think our working assumption has to be that what took place at Fort Hood was an act of treachery and asymmetrical warfare, an act — in the eyes of the perpetrator — of jihad on behalf of Islamist terrorists. ” After all, Hasan’s state of mind is what matters, right? We can construct excuses or explanations after the fact, but he’s already told us what he was up to (“Allahu Akbar!”).
The sooner Obama and his sound-bite-prepped team stop playing dumb and offer some candid assessment, the sooner Americans will be reassured that their leaders are not, as Gen. Casey declared, more interested in “diversity” than in saving lives.