Reading a news report about quite a few people being killed isn't nice. It's not, I think, in this case, naughty: but it's sad, not nice.
War Isn't NiceIn the world I live in, Al Qaeda's arranging for thousands of people to get killed on September 11, 2001, wasn't nice either. That was naughty: even if they think God told them to, and their targets were what a college professor called "little Eichmanns". (April 3, 2009)
A psychiatrist murdering over a dozen people isn't very nice, either. Even if he felt tense at the time, and/or acted from deeply-felt religious beliefs. (November 5, 2009) I think that killing someone else for personal motives is naughty. Even if the personal motives involve deeply-felt religious beliefs: like "blacks, Jews, and Catholics are un-American." Or the now more-familiar "death to Israel! Death to the great Satan America!"
America Kills Civilians! That Line Never Seems to Get OldOn December 17, 2009, the "great Satan America" killed lots and lots of civilians all over the place near Mahsad, in southern Yemen. Or, attacked an Al Qaeda training camp. Or, attacked an Al Qaeda installation. Depends on who you listen to. I don't doubt that civilians were killed. Making sure that there will be civilian deaths in a military operation seems to be a well-worn page in the Islamic terrorists' playbook. (September 4, 2009)
Yemen doesn't show up in America's news as often as places like Iraq and Afghanistan, but it's been involved in the war on terror for some time. Remember the U.S.S. Cole?
It looks like over two dozen Al Qaeda members were killed - maybe, but not certainly, including Saad al-Fathani and Mohammad Ahmed Saleh al-Omir, local Al Qaeda leaders, and Imam Anwar al-Awlaki.
If "Awlaki" sounds familiar, it should.
The Fort Hood ConnectionImam Anwar al-Awlaki was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, was the immam at the Dar al-Hijrah Mosque in Virginia. That's where, according to the FBI, Awlaki had a close relationship with two of the 9/11 hijackers. Anwar al-Awlaki left America in 2002 - apparently winding up in Yemen where he cheered on "insurgencies" in Iraq and Afghanistan, and was building a following through speeches, and online.
Until, quite likely, December 17.
Anwar al-Awlaki also, apparently, is connected with Major Nidal Malik Hasan. Major Hasan is the chap who [allegedly] murdered just over a dozen people at Fort Hood November 5, 2009. The last I heard, investigations into the Fort Hood shootings were still going on - but someone reported that the Major said something like "Allahu Akbar".
As I've written before, I don't think these years are Islam's shining hour in history.
Christianity's gone through something like this, on I think a smaller scale, back in the fifties and sixties. White supremacists, who said they were Christians defending Christian America from blacks, Jews, and people like me (I'm Catholic), were - in rather loud taste - burning crosses in those "good old days." That sort of thing leaves an impression - a very unpleasant one.
I don't think that the KKK and similar groups represent Christianity. I sincerely hope that Al Qaeda, the Taliban, and other Islamic terrorists are to Islam what the cross-burners were to Christianity: a small but impossible-to-ignore bunch of fanatics, following a perverse caricature of a major world religion.
- "Fort Hood, Obama, Congress, and Getting a Job Done"
(November 16, 2009)
- "Major Nidal Malik Hasan, What's 'Obvious,' and Common Sense"
(November 13, 2009)
- "Major Nidal Malik Hasan 'Psychotic'? 'Paranoid'? 'Schizoid'?! and This is on NPR?!"
(November 12, 2009)
- "Major Nidal Malik Hasan, Imam Anwar al-Awlaki, and Common Sense"
(November 11, 2009)
- "Getting Called an Islamophobe, Saving Lives"
(November 10, 2009)
- "NATO Kills Afghans Pilfering Fuel: War Isn't Nice"
(September 4, 2009)
- "Recruitment Office Killing: Time to Take a Deep Breath"
(June 2, 2009)
- "Professor Ward Churchill is Back: A Glorious Victory for Academic Freedom, Tenure, and the American Academic Way"
(April 3, 2009)
- "Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri: No Cole Charges - Dandy"
(February 5, 2009)
- "Leaky Prisons, Air-Tight Internet: Yemen, Turkey, and the Islamic Way?"
(May 5, 2008)
- " 'They’re all Muslims' - This Does Not Help"
(December 29, 2007)
- "Jamal Badawi Blew Up USS Cole, Yemen Released Him"
(October 26, 2007)
- "FACTBOX - Yemen targets deadly al Qaeda wing"
Reuters India (December 24, 2009)
- "Imam Linked to Ft. Hood Rampage Believed to Be Among 30 Al Qaeda Killed in Airstrike"
FOXNews (December 24, 2009)