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But Major Hasan’s cleric preached it.

Speaking at the memorial service for the victims, President Obama said the motivation of the Ft. Hood killer is "incomprehensible." In a speech in the Middle East, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano reacts to the massacre by warning against an "anti-Muslim" backlash. General Casey echoes this concern, worrying that the massacre might harm "diversity" in the Army.
 
Disturbing facts about Major Nidal Malik Hasan’s radical Muslim beliefs have made his massacre of fellow soldiers more comprehensible and brought the whole notion of "diversity" (if it includes radical Muslims) into question.
 
The killer who shouted "Allahu Akbar" as he methodically and rapidly shot and killed fellow soldiers was acting on a belief that Allah commanded the killing.
 
The Major’s June 2007 power point presentation to startled fellow physicians at Walter Reed Hospital detailed Muslim grievances against the U.S. and recommended that the Pentagon give Conscientious Objector status to Muslims in the military to "decrease adverse events"
 
Hasan attended the Falls Church mosque where Anwar al Awlaki preached. In the weeks before the massacre, Hasan exchanged as many as 28 e-mails with al Alwaki. Who is Hasan’s Imam?
 
According to the 9/11 Commission, Anwar Al Awlaki was the spiritual guide to two of the 9/11 hijackers in a San Diego mosque.  This Imam was born in New Mexico, fled to the U.K. in 2002, and then to Yemen where it is thought he remains today.  
 
On the day following the Ft. Hood massacre, on his website al Awlaki praised Hasan as a true Muslim warrior, as "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."
 
According to the Christian Science Monitor, “Awlaki’s writings have been found on the computers of British, U.S., and Canadian terror suspects in recent years, among them the New Jersey men accused of plotting an attack against Fort Dix in 2007. US court documents have alleged that he used a U.S.-based Islamic charity to send money to Al Qaida. They also allege that he once asked American-born militant cleric Ali al-Timimi — who is now serving a life sentence for urging followers to fight the U.S. in Afghanistan — to help him recruit fighters here."

In a 65-page sermon “Thawaabit ‘ala darb al Jihad” ("Constants on the Path of Jihad"), the Imam al Awlaki establishes the duties of Muslims in foreign lands “I was born in the West; so where am I going? Well if you are cognizant that the West is not your average land of the disbelievers and is actually fighting Islam in the media and battlefield front, then your obligation is to either fight them back with the sword or move to a Muslim country (if possible) and fight Jihad.”
 
There is no doubt what is meant by Awlaki in terms of a good Muslim’s duty. It is to fight non-believers with a sword or go to a Muslim country. The United States is not yet a Muslim country.
 
The al Awlaki  sermon is the definitive radical call to violent jihad.  It is widely read, particularly by young, American born Muslims.  According to a Pew Research Center poll, about a quarter of American Muslims, ages 18 to 29, believe that suicide bombings can be justified.
 
The FBI estimates that, conservatively, ten percent of the 2000 mosques in the U.S. preach violent jihad.  
 
In a San Francisco area mosque, Imam Zaid Shakir preached that “Jihad is physically fighting the enemies of Islam to protect and advance the religion of Islam.  This is jihad."  This Imam also said "Islam doesn’t permit us to hijack airplanes filled with civilian people, “If you hijack an airplane filled with the 82nd Airborne, that’s something else."
 
A popular speaker at CAIR events across the country, Imam Shakir predicts that America will "become a Muslim country" first through a cultural jihad, then, if necessary, a violent jihad.
 
Ignored by the MSM, this cultural jihad is gaining strength in academia, every prison system in the country, and, as we now know, in the U.S. military.
 
Awlaki goes on noting on page 32 of his sermon, “People say that if you want to do Jihad, you have to go to a particular place. The problem with this is that if Jihad stops in those places, where will one be able to practice Jihad? So we have to establish an important principle: Jihad is global. It is not a local phenomenon. Jihad is not stopped by borders or barriers; they cannot stand in the way of Jihad. Jihad does not recognize the colonial borders that were made in the countries in the past that were drawn by a ruler on the map; Jihad doesn’t recognize those superficial borders.”
 
Unfortunately the impact of Awlaki’s sermons doesn’t end with the murders at Fort Hood.   The legacy of his teachings lives on. Consider this chilling comment from one of his followers in San Diego as quoted by ABC News:

Edgar Hopida with San Diego’s Council on American-Islamic Relations can’t believe the man who taught him about the Islamic faith and led countless prayer sessions at a La Mesa-area mosque is the same man who called Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan a hero and a man of conscience.

“He was a respected imam here,” said Hopida.

ABC learned that Hasan, suspected of killing 13 people in Fort Hood last week, had been in contact with Awlaki.

“From his work here, it was nothing but positive in San Diego. This is a big surprise to the U.S. and San Diego Muslim community,” said Hopida.

Really, one wonders if Awlaki was espousing the same sentiments on the "constants of Jihad" in that San Diego mosque and how many other Hasans are preparing to strike in attacks that will no doubt be labeled by some politicians as incomprehensible.
 
The politically correct, “none dare call it jihad” mentality makes America another Israel, where the population lives with the constant knowledge that death lurks in every bus and every pizza parlor.
 
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