Charles Krauthammer looks at the latest attempt to explain Major Hasan’s massacre of his fellow soldiers at Ft. Hood as “anything but Islam” -this time, as a psychiatric problem– and isn’t impressed:
Really? What about the doctors and nurses, the counselors and physical therapists at Walter Reed Army Medical Center who every day hear and live with the pain and the suffering of returning soldiers? How many of them then picked up a gun and shot 51 innocents?
And what about civilian psychiatrists — not the Upper West Side therapist treating Woody Allen neurotics, but the thousands of doctors working with hospitalized psychotics — who every day hear not just tales but cries of the most excruciating anguish, of the most unimaginable torment? How many of those doctors commit mass murder?
It’s been decades since I practiced psychiatry. Perhaps I missed the epidemic.
But, of course, if the shooter is named Nidal Hasan, whom National Public Radio reported had been trying to proselytize doctors and patients, then something must be found. Presto! Secondary post-traumatic stress disorder, a handy invention to allow one to ignore the obvious.
The “obvious,” of course, is that Nidal Malik Hasan was a devout Muslim who had chosen to obey the call to holy war against the infidel, the call to jihad fi sabil allah, and acted on it by gunning down 51 people, killing 14 – including the unborn child of the pregnant woman he murdered.
But we can’t say that. In our post-modern world besotted with multiculturalism, it is out-of-bounds to take a hard look and talk frankly about another culture or religion (unless it’s Western), such as Islam with its imperatives toward supremacism and war against the unbeliever. No, instead we have to repeat politically correct pabulum and invent psychological disorders that don’t exist, all so we can continue to ignore the jihadist elephant in the living room.