Nidal Malik Hasan was two men.
One was the proud Army major who
wore battle fatigues to mosque; the other, the proud
Arab who wore
Muslim garb in civilian life.
What brought Hasan`s identities
into fatal conflict was his belief that Iraq and
Afghanistan were unjust wars, and his shock that he, a
Muslim, was to be sent to serve in one of those wars,
against fellow Muslims—a sin against Allah meriting
Hasan was conflicted by a dual
loyalty—to the country he had sworn to protect, and to
his perceived duty as a Muslim. When Hasan told his
neighbor that morning,
"I am going to do
good work for
God," the call of jihad overrode his oath of loyalty as an American
Hasan proceeded to shoot, wound or
kill 44 U.S. soldiers, and die on what he saw as the
side of right, the side of Islam, against America.
is great!"—Hasan shouted as he began firing.
An Internet posting by
compared suicide bombers to Medal-Of-Honor winners who
throw themselves on grenades to save fellow soldiers.
Hasan had decided to become a suicider for Allah.
Few ever commit atrocities like
this. But conflicts in identities and loyalties are
common in the cauldrons of war.
"Let none but
Americans stand guard tonight,"
said Washington at Valley Forge. Irish Catholics
deserted the Union army to fight beside Mexican
Catholics in the San Patricio battalion against
what they thought was American aggression.
Honored today by
the San Patricios were
hanged when captured by
Winfield Scott`s army.
In Scott`s march to Mexico City was
Robert E. Lee. The hero of Buena Vista was Col.
Jefferson Davis, who had married the daughter of his
commanding officer, future President Zachary Taylor.
Davis went on to serve in the Cabinet of Franklin Pierce
and the U.S. Senate.
Yet, in 1861, Davis and Lee would
depart the service of their country to wage war against
the United States on behalf of their new nation and the
whom they belonged and whom they believed had a
right to be free of the Union. Were they traitors—or
This is not to compare the deeds of
the San Patricios, Jefferson Davis and
Robert E. Lee, all of whom declared themselves
openly and fought heroically and honorably, with the
crimes of Maj. Hasan.
But it is to raise the issue of
conflicting loyalties in the hearts of men in a nation
that has declared religious, racial and ethnic diversity
to be not only a national good but a national goal.
Whence came this idea? No previous
generation believed this.
In World War I, Wilson feared that
if he went to war, German-Americans might march on
Washington. FDR was so fearful that the
blood ties of
Japanese citizens and residents would
trump their loyalty to the United States he ordered
110,000 transferred from California to
detention camps for the duration of the war.
Arkansas last year, a
Muslim opposed to the U.S. wars
shot two soldiers at a
recruitment center, killing one. In Kuwait, before
the invasion of Iraq, a Muslim soldier threw a grenade
into the tent of his commanding officer, killing two and
This is not to suggest that all
American Muslims or Arabs should be citizens under
suspicion. Muslims have died fighting in Afghanistan and
Iraq, as German-Americans died fighting against Germany
in two world wars. But it is to say this:
America is unraveling. No longer
are we one nation and one people. Tens of millions have
come and tens of millions are coming whose first loyalty
is to the kinfolk and country they left behind, and to
the faith they carry in their hearts. And if, in our
long war against
"Islamofascism," we are seen as trampling on their nation, faith or
kinsmen, they will see us, as Hasan came to see us, as
the enemy of their sacred identity.
There is no
American Melting Pot anymore. It was discarded by
our elites as an instrument of cultural genocide. Now we
celebrate America as the most multiracial, multiethnic,
multicultural country on earth, the
Universal Nation of
Ben Wattenberg`s warblings.
And, yet, we are surprised by
ethnic espionage in our midst, the cursing of America
from mosques in our cities, the news that
Somali immigrants are going home to fight our Somali
allies, and that
illegal aliens march under Mexican flags to demand
Eisenhower`s America was a nation
of 160 million with a Euro-Christian core and a culture
all its own. We were a people then. And when we have
become, in 2050, a stew of 435 millions, of every creed,
culture, color and country of Earth, what holds us
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