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Written by: Diana West
Thursday, November 12, 2009 11:41 AM 

Hasan has now been charged with 13 counts of murder. (It should be 14 since one of those murdered was pregnant.)

The NYT notes: "Of the 13 people who were killed, four were officers, 8 were enlisted soldiers and one was a civilian.'

Just as military personnnel killed and wounded at the Pentagon on 9/11 were awarded Purple hearts, so, too, should the 12 military personnel killed and 29 wounded at Ft. Hood.

After 9/11, a new medal, the Defense of Freedom Medal, was created to honor Defense Department civilian employees killed and wounded on that day. One such medal should go to the civilian killed at Ft. Hood.

Whether they receive such medals depends on the outcome of the argument whether Hasan's rampage was an act of jihad -- YES -- or the result of "stress," or, as Geraldo Rivera wondered, perhaps a bad "toothache."

Don't hold your breath. Pvt. William Long, killed by an islamic terrorist named Abdulhakim Muhammad outside an Army-Navy recruiting station in Little Rock last summer, hasn't received his Purple Heart, and Muhammad called the attack that killed Long and wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula (who should receive the medal as well) an act "for the sake of Allah," among other things.

Witholding medals to these war dead and wounded is the ultimate act of submission.

 

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