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Written by: Diana West
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 4:00 AM 

Maj. Stephen Coughlin (USAR) is a  lawyer and reserve military intelligence officer who used to be the Pentagon's sole specialist on Islamic law charged with lecturing about jihad doctrine -- what the Koran and assorted Islamic texts say about Islamic holy war -- to military leaders who had been (and continue to be) strategizing, planning, and fighting the so-called war on terror for years without any comprehension of Islamic ideology.

Hesham Islam, an Islamic aide to then Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England didn't care for what Coughlin's brief said about Islam -- even though the brief relies on authoritative Islamic sources. Under Islam's tutleage, England and, thus, the Pentagon preferred outreach -- you know, Muslim outreach -- even to unindicted co-conspirators in government terrorism cases. Long story short: Muslim outreach was "in," and Coughlin and his famous brief on jihad doctrine {"To Our Great Detriment: Ignoring What Extremists Say About Jihad") were "out." (Brief available here.)

Flash forward to Ft. Hood.

Today's Washington Post reports: "Fort Hood Suspect Warned of Threat Within the Ranks." The Post finds its lede in the fact that Hasan "warned a roomful of senior Army physicians a year and a half ago that to avoid "adverse events," the military should allow Muslim soldiers to be released as conscientious objectors instead of fighting in wars against other Muslims."

Far more sensational is 1) these senior Army people did NOTHING about this lecture "on Islam, suicide bombers and threats the military could encounter from Muslims conflicted about fighting in the Muslim countries of Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a copy of the presentation obtained by The Washington Post,"  and 2) all of the non "conscientious objectors" parts of this jihadist Hasan brief. It was titled:

"The Koranic World View As It Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military."

From the Post:

It consisted of 50 slides [all avaiiable here]. In one slide, Hasan described the presentation's objectives as identifying "what the Koran inculcates in the minds of Muslims and the potential implications this may have for the U.S. military."

Now, Stephen Coughlin's powerpoint presentation looks at the implications of Koranic doctrine for US  miliary strategy -- not for US force protection from Muslims soldiers. The Koranic intersection, however, is ironically notable. So is the official stonewall that met both and for the same politically correct reasons: institutional aversion to facts about Islam and jihad as they pertain to the enemy threat doctrine, or, in Hasan's Case of the Waving Red Flag, as they pertain to an enemy within -- like Hasan, for instance. The Post writes:

[Hasan] also sought to "describe the nature of the religious conflicts that Muslims" who serve in the U.S. military may have and to persuade the Army to identify these individuals.

Other slides delved into the history of Islam, its tenets, statistics about the number of Muslims in the military, and explanations of "offensive jihad," or holy war.

Another slide suggested ways to draw out Muslim troops: "It must be hard for you to balance Islamic beliefs that might be conflicting with current war; feelings of guilt; Is it what you expected."

Hasan's presentation lasted about an hour. It is unclear whether he read out loud every point on each slide. If typical procedures were followed, his adviser would have supervised the development of his project, said people familiar with the practice.

The final three slides indicate that Hasan referred to Osama bin Laden, the Taliban, suicide bombers and Iran.

Under a slide titled "Comments," he wrote: "If Muslim groups can convince Muslims that they are fighting for God against injustices of the 'infidels'; ie: enemies of Islam, then Muslims can become a potent adversary ie: suicide bombing, etc." [sic]

The last bullet point on that page reads simply: "We love death more then [sic] you love life!"

Under the "Conclusions" page, Hasan wrote that "Fighting to establish an Islamic State to please God, even by force, is condoned by the Islam," and that "Muslim Soldiers should not serve in any capacity that renders them at risk to hurting/killing believers unjustly -- will vary!"

The final page, labeled "Recommendation," contained only one suggestion:

"Department of Defense should allow Muslims [sic] Soldiers the option of being released as 'Conscientious objectors' to increase troop morale and decrease adverse events."

All this (and more), and no one at Walter Reed, no one in the Army, did anything to protect our troops from this jihadi. That's because the US military's duty is to diversity and political correctness. It is to "Muslim outreach," not to prosecuting a successful war against jihad. It is to "population protection" not to force protection. What happened at Walter Reed, at Fort Hood, what's happening in Afghanistan -- it's all related.

And it's all sick.




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