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It's Not Workplace Violence, It's Islam
by Ben Shapiro
This week, the Obama Administration made an announcement regarding the attack on Fort Hood in 2009. In that incident, you'll recall, gentle Muslim psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan – who had apparently been taking Islamic training from gentle Muslim terrorist preacher Anwar al-Awlaki – picked up a handgun and proceeded to murder 12 soldiers (one pregnant) and one Army civilian employee; another 29 were injured. None of the soldiers were armed. Finally, a civilian police sergeant put Hasan down with five shots, paralyzing the gentle Muslim from the chest down.
Two years later, President Obama's Defense Department called this incident "workplace violence." You know, like when you punch a guy at the water cooler for sleeping with your wife. Except you're a Muslim and there are forty co-workers, none of whom have slept with your wife, and you're trying to shoot them to death while shouting "Allahu Akhbar!"
There is a legitimate debate to be had regarding the terminology we use to describe Muslim terrorists. Are they Muslims or are they Islamists? Are they radical Muslims, or are they just normal Muslims? Robert Spencer and Andrew McCarthy have had this debate for several weeks, most prominently at the Freedom Center Restoration Weekend. I come down on the side that says we have no business making a distinction between Muslims and so-called Islamists, since Muslims make no such distinction themselves. Osama Bin Laden knows more about Islam than I do. I'll take his word for it.
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