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November 9th, 2009
06:47 AM ET

Muslim soldiers facing backlash?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A temporary memorial site is set up in front of the Central Christian Church in memory of those killed and wounded at Fort Hood, Texas."]

By Carol Costello and Ronni Berke

Although about 3,500 American servicemen and women are Muslim, the Army's Chief of Staff is worried about backlash after a Muslim-American was named a suspect in the killings at Fort Hood.

General George Casey says, "as great a tragedy as this was ... it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well."

It's something that deeply worries many Americans who are Muslim and have made the ultimate sacrifice. Like the family of Army Corporal Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan, killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq in 2007. His mother, Elsheba Khan, visits his grave at Arlington National Cemetery every Sunday.

“He represented the country, he represented Muslims all over the world,” she says. “I’m very proud of him."

Watch: Backlash against Muslims? Video

Khan is concerned there will be a backlash against Muslim-American soldiers. She knows some are already reaching conclusions as to why Maj. Nidal Malik Hassan allegedly opened fire on his fellow soldiers.

On the right-wing Web site, Pajamas Media, Phyllis Chesler wrote: "...I knew in my bones that the shooter or shooters were Muslims ... we must connect the dots before its too late..."

That suspicion about Muslims, even those born in the United States, intensified after 9/11. Khan’s mother says it is the reason he joined the Army as soon as he turned 18, telling his parents: “I’m a citizen. I protect my country, whoever there is [in] the country, doesn’t matter race, whatever religion ... everybody included,” Elsheba Khan said.

Her son was awarded a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and an honored place at Arlington. A picture of Khan's tombstone with symbols of his religion so touched General Colin Powell, that he used the image to open minds about Islam when he endorsed Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential run.

Powell's acknowledgment of her son's service profoundly touched Khan. “When he mentioned my son, and he mentioned his whole name and pronounced it correctly, I was like the proudest mom that day.”

President Obama also honored Kareem Khan. And Khan's fellow soldiers have written her glowing accounts of her son’s outstanding service to country. Of course, the public outpouring has quieted now. Still, Khan keeps her son's medals and pictures on display in her home and regularly visits his grave – now praying her fellow Americans will not pass judgment on all Muslims because of the actions of one man.

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  1. molly

    Their will never be peace in the world as long as there are religions. They all seem to incorporate the idea that anyone who does not believe them is an enemy (and please, christians, don't try to tell me this is not true. I have personal experience with this attitude).

    November 11, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  2. carol costello

    Carol Costello here–thanks for the thoughtful comments. Mrs. Khan' misses her only child, but his service to the country is a source of pride.

    She remembers how her son played with toy soldiers as a boy in New Jersey. He wanted to be a soldier since he was a small child. The events of 9-11 convinced him to pursue his dream.

    Mrs. Khan understands the backlash and hopes her son's story somehow helps to open minds.

    November 11, 2009 at 8:40 am |
  3. Someone

    BTW, most Arabs in the US are Christians and Jews, and most Muslims here are African Americans with Ancestry runs back to the 17th century in the New World. How will you fix that? Thats why the US didn't round up Muslims after 911. How will you identify them? Some have western names. If America as a White European Christian country tolerates non-Christians and non-whites, then you have no choice but to absorb Muslims in this country and assimilate them. If you can stop Muslim immigration (I don't know how); Muslims will still grow in the US through birth and conversions. If you don't know, we are a country of minorities. Protestants, catholics, Jews, Atheists, even Muslims. You can't keep tolerance all for yourself. If you pick up on one group today, your group will be picked up tomorrow.

    November 10, 2009 at 8:26 pm |
  4. Slbpm7

    If a person can't function as a SOLDIER in the military then DON'T enlist!

    And don't ask the military to keep those who will not function as a Soldier & the oath they vowed to America when they enlisted!

    That's just as stupid as asking Bill Gates to hire a programmer who won't write codes but he loves the computer so don't fire him because they can use him to do presentations showing how much fun you can have with a computer .... until he gets to the part about "writing codes" !

    Merriam-Webster Dictionary – Soldier
    1 a : one engaged in military service and especially in the army b : an enlisted man or woman c : a skilled warrior

    November 10, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  5. B

    I find it funny that it took this kind of act to get the "American" muslims to finally speak up and condem such an act.

    All we've gotten was nothing but silence; until it hits close enough where they might get hurt. Selfish-two faced. I see here what I saw over there. Not much difference...

    November 10, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  6. Bill H.

    Will Muslims in the military (or anywhere else in America, for that matter) face a backlash? The answer is somewhat but not much since we have become an overly politically correct society (thanks, Robert, for not worrying about political correctness).

    Should they face a backlash? In spite of the realization that there have been Christian zealots who have committed atrocities in the name of Christianity (remember Timothy McVeigh?), the answer to the above question is probably - not because of anything they have done wrong but because of what they are failing to do what is right. Every time some self-appointed, self-righteous moron commits evil and heinous acts in the name of Allah and there is not an immediate and pronounced public outcry from the Muslim community, they are victimizing themselves. They are allowing what they claim is a peaceful religion to be hijacked and spat upon in the name of Allah by said perpetrators. By contrast, you will hear a lot of Christians speaking out against the McVeighs and the KKKs and the hate-filled "Christian Fundamentalist" of the world. Remember the jerk who protests at the funerals of fallen veterans because he believes "God does not want gays in the military"? It didn't take long for the Christian community to rise up and stage counter-protest to keep these idiots in check. Why aren't we seeing the same out of the Muslim community? All I've seen is a blanket statement from the Muslim American Society condemning the attack and a statement from the shooter's Imam PRAISING the ATTACK!

    Many times it is not the truth that is heard but rather it is what ever message is being delivered the loudest. Right now, the message that is the loudest is that it is o.k. to commit evil acts provided you shout "Allahu Akbar" while doing it. Come on Muslims - which is it? Get off the fence, stand up, and be counted. Are you going to stand up to people like Nidal Malik Hasan and Anwar Aulaqi who want to take over or is it you really side with them and believe their evil is God's will? Its time to Speak Up!!!

    November 10, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  7. hongli

    Remember America it was a MUSLIM who killed his fellow soldiers in Kuwait on the eve of the Iraq war. Muslims will never ever support killing other Muslims because of what they are told. It's time for the American Army to have a "GUT CHECK" because it's the Muslims that are causing all the wars in the world. I don't think any one country can stop the Muslims because they are multiplying by the seconds and are indoctrinated by the seconds also. It's time to end the wars and secure all borders and concentrate on who comes into the good old USA.

    November 10, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  8. Slbpm7

    This is the Military Oath the 13 victims that were killed in Ft Hood vowed to America:

    I ..... "Michael Cahill, Libardo Caraveo, Justin M. DeCrow, John Gaffaney, Frederick Greene, Jason Hunt, Amy Krueger, Aaron Nemelka, Michael Pearson, Russell Seager, Francheska Velez, Juanita Warman, Kham Xiong".... do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.

    This is the Oath they got in return:

    I... "The President of the United States, Senators, Congress, The Speaker, Supreme Court Judges, The State Department, FBI, CIA, Homeland Security, United States Military" solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Hate Crimes Bill of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of .... The ACLU, The Council on American-Islamic Relations, The American-Arab Anti Discrimination Committee, The United Nations and the orders of Liberal & Global Organizations that are appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Political Correctness. So help me any god but the Christian-Judeo God.

    "Political Correctness" can cause death!

    November 10, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  9. Paula

    Okay, so this mass shooter happened to be Muslim. There have been many others that weren't, like the guy in Orlando just a couple of days later.

    This is not a "Muslim thing". Most Muslims are just like the rest of us- they want to earn a living and raise a family in peace. This guy was a nut. Think about it- he was a psychiatrist. Even when if he was deployed to Afghanistan, he wasn't going to be killing anybody. This was just his justification- every shooter has one.

    I do agree, however, that the American Muslim community needs to be more vocal when crap like this happens in the name of Jihad or Allah etc. If nothing else it is in their OWN best interests to AVOID backlashes, etc. Their silence does tend to incriminate them in the eyes of the public, and they obviously have to be aware aware of that.

    There is a lot of misinformation about Islam in this country that the American Muslim community should be addressing. They need to help themselves a bit in this arena. Yes, there are statements in the Quran that state violence against nonbelievers are acceptable etc., and some Muslims use that to justify acts of terrorism, but that is just like right wing Christians using the single statement in Levitcus to persecute homosexuals. Same thing. These statements need to be taken in the context of the whole.

    Every religion, every racial group, every community has it's whack jobs. Like it or not, you cannot generalize. For every Muslim that has committed or supported acts of terrorism etc., I bet I can show you a white supremacist (or any other color supremacist- they are out there) who supports violence against people of other colors, or a Christian who advocates killing abortion providers, Jews who advocate violence against Muslims (which is just as ugly as the reverse in my opinion), etc. etc. etc.

    We can't allow ourselves as a society to devolve into becoming the very thing we say we hate.

    November 10, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  10. Louis

    While it's unfortunate, I believe any GI who has a Muslim in his unit will be keeping an eye on his buddy for a while. Not until and unless soes ANY soldier PROVE his loyalty to his fellow troops does he have the unequivocal trust that is the goal of military training and discipline.

    Sad that the actions of one will represent those of an entire culture, but the reaility is that a vocal minority of that culture have tainted opinions of them as surely as loud, money-grubbing televangelists have tained the image of Christians.

    As a reitred Army first sergeant, I'd keep watch on my troops, making sure that one of Muslim background, (whether proacticing or not), didn't face persecution. At the same time, I'd look for opportunities to build trust among the entire team.

    November 10, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  11. jim

    "Perhaps if the media stopped insisting this man's religion should be paramount in the description of his actions then the citizens of this country would not consider it of any importance."

    That would be difficult since it is the one thing he has in common with most modern day terrorists, and it was the primary reason for his terrorist attack. We might all have more peaceful lives if the world's illiterates would stop following the dictates of centuries-dead desert lunatics!

    November 10, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  12. Gerald

    When the faith of a Muslim is challenged, despite their station in life, they will either step up to the Jihad call, or be called a traitor to the faith.

    November 10, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  13. jim

    "The Indian Scouts and the Blacks helped defeat the Indian's, the Asian's helped build the railroad, and to this day the White's think they created America all by themselves."

    Shall we also credit the mule and horse populations? They were as much responsible for America's prosperity as those you mentioned. I wish people would stop thinking that their trivial manual labors are responsible for the advances of civilization !

    November 10, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  14. mario ch

    I cant believe what I'm hearing, these so called 'muslims' have been killing our people since the 50's, who hijacks airplanes, who cuts people's heads off, what religion tells their own people to kill themselves, you tell me, imafgine a catholic went on a shooting spree and killed 10 or 20 muslims, imagine the response from their side, we cant even draw a cartoon, depicting their allah, so imagine... since se 11 2001 nobody paid attention to what was going on in the world, hasnt anybody noticed what their overall plan is.....

    November 10, 2009 at 11:40 am |
  15. Marie

    Native Writer... Wow! You talk of racism? Look in the mirror Tonto.

    November 10, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  16. Marie

    Jess...your father HAD to put American stickers on his car and HAD to raise the American flag to avoid being harrassed? Well if your living in American you should feel proud to display stickers and fly the flag. If you feel you have to do this so your not harrassed, then go to another country. Believe me, we don't want you here if that is the kind of so called American you are. LEAVE.

    November 10, 2009 at 11:14 am |
  17. mike

    There should be a backlash, although not physical. The US should dismiss all Muslims from our military until Saudi Arabia and Iran allow Christians and Jews into their militaries. As of right now, there are NO Christians or Jews serving in either of their militaries. Is that profiling? You bet. Is that smart? You bet.

    The real shame of all this is that the good soldiers of Ft.Hood are now forced to salute NObama as he imposes himself on their hallowed ground. If America does not soon repent and return to the God of the Bible, this is unfortunately, only the beginning of things to come. Forget political correctness and all that garbage. Living among us is one thing, allowing them to be President or serving in our military is another.

    Root them out NOW, before it is too late.

    November 10, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  18. Marie

    Bro Derrick... your screen name really says it all. Your letting your own racism show. "white's as a whole have done much evil to them as well as my people.. and you had to specify Black People. Your people, as you put it, would find out that real racism would subside if you would look in the mirror and realize you and your people are the problem. I am also a black American. Don't lump me in with your kind or your people.

    November 10, 2009 at 11:01 am |
  19. MDL

    It is their's rare to hear any muslim leadership (clerical or otherwise) speak up aganist what is going on. Their religion needs a cleansing. Its time they clean up the extremist if they want a level playing field

    November 10, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  20. Michael Wong

    It's sad how Christians assume that when a Muslim snaps, it proves that all Muslims are dangerous. When a Christian snaps at his workplace, we just say that he "went postal". We don't blame the Bible, even though it's an incredibly blood-soaked book in which the "Chosen People" invariably solve their problems with violence. But when a Muslim does it, out comes the Koran-bashing, the Muslim-bashing, etc.

    I suppose some might point out that there are Muslim terror groups which behave barbarically, but the Christian "Lord's Resistance Army" in Uganda is just as barbaric as any Muslim terrorist group. We live in wealthy civilized secular nations with advanced notions of social justice, where we can pat ourselves on the back and pretend that every one of our values and beliefs is intrinsically superior by association. But it just ain't so.

    If the Muslims had been the first to industrialize, the situation could well be reversed today. There is nothing about Christianity which makes it intrinsically more moral or less violent than Islam: something that any student of history could tell you from looking at the long history of the two religions.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  21. Marie

    Bernadette Loesch....Have you ever served your country? Generals should be treated with respect because they have deserved it. All soldiers should be treated with respect. If our past soldiers did not fight the enemy at any cost... you would not have the freedom to express your opinion.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  22. Bubba

    We are at war with Islam. America needs to wake up! This is not a country that you can bomb into submission. This is an ideology and religion of the devil.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  23. T Diemer

    There have been literally hundreds of cases of mass shootings, sniper shootings, etc in the United States in the last twenty or thirty yearslike the one at Fort Hood. Exactly ONE was perpetrated by an Arab or Moslem. No one blames people of European ancestry or Christian religion for all of the other mass shootings perpetrated by people of European descent and/or Christian religion

    November 10, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  24. Marie

    Leonard... Officer seniority has nothing to do with black, white, hispanic, indian or otherwise. Seniority has it's priviledges. Stop making Officer seniority about race. If you were picked on before you were an officer stop whining and join the crowd. People like you will hang onto any issue where you can claim racism or discrimination. Grow up.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:40 am |
  25. Marie

    Kathy.. you say the media spreads hate and fear? What you wrote about Catholics, Baptists, Lutherans and Jews is also hate. You are judging the religion as a whole and not the radicals in those religions. Look in the mirror. Healing starts with you.

    November 10, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  26. alanna

    I am a Christian. Jesus taught love and respect for our neighbors. I only say this because I'm really tired of how "Christians" spewing hatred have tarnished the image of what the faith is really about. These "Christians" shown in the media have nothing to do with my faith and my God.
    I can imagine that the vast majority of Muslims feel very similar. Peace does not make the news. That's why the Muslims (or anyone) who are living peacefully, going to school or work every day are not portrayed in the media. Most of us may not know many /any Muslims, so the only way we see them is on the news. What we see on the news is NEVER a real representation. THAT'S WHY IT'S NEWS!

    November 10, 2009 at 9:55 am |
  27. Vciky Bevis

    Sadly, this isn't recket science concerning Hassan's problems. He's simply an unstable person, with PLENTY of warning to his co-workers, patients & superiors, who went ballastic using the Muslim religion as his focal point. Let's call it what it is! A sick person who got out of control. Anyone who's ever worked in medicine has seen the type either as a co-worker or patient.

    November 10, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  28. PJ

    Last time I checked Timothy McVeigh was a white Christian male; the Columbine killers were white Christian males; most, if not all serial killers in America are white Chrisitian males and the less said about Priests the better. White Christian males in the CIA were recently convicted in a court of law; those freak gun 'n' bible compounds- all run by white Christian males. When are we going to start stopping white Christian males and running background checks on 'em? When are we going to hold them indefinitely for no reason whatsoever? The whole lot of 'em are gun-toting, Bible thumping extremists who need to be locked up like the terrorists they are.

    November 10, 2009 at 9:26 am |
  29. Truth2Pwr

    The problem I see in some of these posts is the bigotry that allows people to expect the same of everyone based on religion, race, hair color, makeup.... Come on; I'm a Christian and I screw up all the time, though not intentionally. Sometimes intentionally. Moreover, not all Muslims are the same. They don't all look the same and they don't all think the same. Just like an American! Who are we to judge people as a group. That's just not right. I hate when men assume I'm just another woman. I am so different than my sisters, yet I still have so much in common with them. Ergo, when my ex-husband, a former public relations officer, decided to make me his military project during a divorce and custody battle, spewing stereotypes and putting the worse spin possible on what has been an ordinary and bland life, the courts ate it up. They wanted to believe the lies, rather than take me for who I am and allow my children the benefit of a loving mother. This is the American way. Therefore, who are we to judge? An eye for an eye only leads to more blindness.

    November 10, 2009 at 9:24 am |
  30. Byron

    Once again, these attacks are not coming from just anyone, they are coming from Muslims, to ignore this is to ignore the very heart of the problem. I believe all faiths can live together in america, but with Muslims and their strong religious and familial ties to the homeland, the influence to join the extremists is far far beyond the risk of extremism among other religious groups.

    I should add that I view abortion clinic bombing christian extremists the same way I do Jihadists. We must look at the situation as it really is, not how we wish it was, or hope it will be, or for fear of political incorrectness. We must be open and honest, and fair, but also deliberate in the actions we take. We cannot allow our desire for social change to cloud our better judgment, one day we might have a shot the equality we so desire, but not while we are fighting those who would use our kindness against us.

    November 10, 2009 at 9:05 am |
  31. John

    As with everything else in this country, this politically correct BS is slowly destroying us piece by piece. Give to the poor and take from the rich. Take away the rights of people serving and providing for the country to cater to the ones that complain the most. Thank you media. Thank you Liberals.

    November 10, 2009 at 8:59 am |
  32. matthew

    i think when he heels up put him in the mountains and lets our guys real americans find him and do what they want to him

    November 10, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  33. Billorights

    cheers to you "C from the midwest."...excellently expressed.

    November 10, 2009 at 8:53 am |
  34. jim

    "it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well."

    Is this idiot joking ? Diversity in a fighting army is the last thing you want. Ideally, the troops should fight as one gigantic sentient being, not a hodgepodge of politically correct cultural groups. Morons like this one are the reason we don't win wars anymore; we just stumble around until the situation becomes hopeless, declare victory, and run like hell !

    November 10, 2009 at 8:07 am |
  35. Matt

    Until Muslims of good faith stand up and fight this behavior in an outright and overt way, there will always be the feeling that they support the behavior. Usually the only muslim opinions that make the news are the ones cheering the murderer.

    If you are a muslim and you sit silently out of fear or indifferernce, then you're almost as guilty. Stand up and get a backbone and stop making it appear as if all of Islam is in agreement with this sort of behavior.

    November 10, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  36. Mike

    How come Muslims are the ones who kill innoceant noncombatants? How come their communities do not stand up when they kill each other and others?They are the only religion that murders innoceants because they believe that is what muhammad wants.Rise up and hold their communities responsible. Put some heat on them, because they are not equals...they are a hidden threat. Enough already and call it what it is....they are the only ones who blow themselves up in the name of god and think its is ok. They are nuts and their communities do nothing to publicly denounce it. I denounce them and would love to see an open season on their beliefs and so called morals. They run down their own children with cars because they hate so much. screw them all.

    November 10, 2009 at 8:02 am |
  37. Marc

    For those who say the Quran is violent check your bible. The bible is full of violence and was used to sanction the slavery and murder of blacks. Whites go on shooting sprees all the time and no one even cares about their religion. Start scrutinizing the Klan and all these self proclaimed rednecks killing innocent people of color and then I might care about muslim radicalism. This guys religion doesnt matter. He is a murderer who shot unarmed people, and that makes him a coward also. Who cares who he prays too, execute him and move on.

    November 10, 2009 at 7:53 am |
  38. Billorights

    I would suggest to you all that you go to your libraries and get some literature about the Quran. A religion of peace it surely is NOT. Until our polititians and public educate themselves about this religion there will continue to be Jihadists imbedded in our society. We are second rate citizens to this religion, and people. They will cut their own relatives head off, or run them down with a car if they become too "westernized". Wake up America.
    Why is there NEVER a mass public outcry from American Muslims when terrorism comes calling on Americans? Because we are Khufar! Infidels! Instead they celebrate in the mosques and teach more hatred. Our political correctness is our Achilles Tendon and will get more innocents killed.

    November 10, 2009 at 7:09 am |
  39. Terry

    I find it interesting that we spend more time worring about a "possible" backlash when "actual" murders were committed Nidal Hassan.
    Let's get angry about a backlash when it actual occurs, seems like many peiople here are more prejudiced than the alleged ones that they are handwringing about.

    November 10, 2009 at 7:05 am |
  40. James

    This is probably a hate crime, or treason. If this individual did indeed murder 13 innocent people due to his religious/ideological beliefs, then all Americans (and quite frankly all Muslims) need to condemn this sort of behaviour and the thinking behind it. If the victims were gay, women, or some other minority everyone would be up in arms over the atrocity of such an act. I don't care if he is a Muslim, a white supremist, or black seperatist, the reasoning behind this murder is reprehensible and should not be tolerated. There are people out there who are preaching hate, and they must be condemned, ridiculed and ostracized, vice this coddling that we currently practice.

    November 10, 2009 at 5:54 am |
  41. JTew

    The problem here is ignorance! And the media doesn't help a bit. Let's start with this point: There are killings, even mass killings, all over this great nation seemingly every day and never once have I heard that the suspect is Baptist, Jewish, Catholic, etc. But if they happen to be a Muslim it is immediately world news. The terrosist organizations have won here; they have instilled fear in American citizens. Secondly; as a retired member of the US Military I've had the honor of meeting people from virtually every major religious background. I can tell you whole-heartedly I've met good and bad in each. I cannot condemn an entire religion or ethnicity because one in millions decides to carry out a henious crime like this. Sure, some in our military will have issues with Muslims for a while. Our military is, after all, a reflection of our society. I can rest assured though that leaders at all levels are aware of this and will do what is necessary to ease these tensions.

    November 10, 2009 at 5:43 am |
  42. c from the midwest

    Why are we talking about how muslims might feel when there are still people in critical condition. Everyone should be ashamed. Why not worry about the psychological state of being of the men and women and children of one of our largest bases who suffered a tragedy. The very mention of the idea that there shouldnt be a backlash instills a fury within me and makes me less apt to respect muslims. Religion of the world today has to be about people coming together and sharing beliefs with responsibility, within islam especially only another person of islamic faith can properly judge and hold accountable ones actions of the same faith. There needs to be a backlash and these mosque leaders who have connected with this major should consider that before they ask us to avert a backlash, be it big or small, that first they need to accept that this did happen and he did refrence islam directly. To ask for preemptive empathy for an entire people before we even know the facts is simply a slap in the face to honest peacefull people of all religions.

    The people of islam everywhere must condemn these acts and fight to hold their own accountable as proof that no religion is superior in the eyes of everyone. We walk a delicate balance that has teetered to the point that we are worrying about the people of the faith of the attacker rather than the actual victims and potential future victims of the very act of violence that has happened here.

    I will never become a muslim
    The goal of 100% of the world being muslim is thus impossible.
    Its a safer bet to take care of the people who already are muslim and counsel them than it is to tell me not to be angry that islam has added to the motive for this incident .

    November 10, 2009 at 4:43 am |
  43. TMQ

    What Holy Koran says. " If anyone killed any human being without reason, it is assumed he has killed whole humanity"
    In my opinion Maj. Nidal has no reason to kill his fellows, hence he is not a muslim as per Koranic version. Do n't consider such fanatics as muslims.

    November 10, 2009 at 1:39 am |
  44. John

    Muslims are no different than Christians and Jews...the world would be a more peaceful place if all three groups would vanish from the planet!

    November 10, 2009 at 12:19 am |
  45. NativeWriter

    Typical of America to blame someone or something other than their own actions that cause violence. This has been the case throughout Christian-dom. It happen's today in all aspects of American life whether it is sport, profession, or military. Racisim and concepts of Superiority profoundly affect all other races that it is perpetuated upon. Eventually, someone gets tired of it and Ft. Hood is the consequence. The Indian Scouts and the Blacks helped defeat the Indian's, the Asian's helped build the railroad, and to this day the White's think they created America all by themselves. What shame and pity is upon their blind arrogance. I find it Ironic that it is cyclical and the more we venture into the future, the more you are in need of the the holistic perspectives and healing that we indigenous people's have to offer.

    November 9, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  46. Julie

    I would like to add that Army Corporal Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan's family should be thanked for their son's brave service to our country. There are many hardworking, peaceful Muslims. But this does not mean that Islam is a religion of peace. Islam should be examined for its own merits. People are not peaceful BECAUSE of Islam, They are peaceful in spite of Islam. By trying so hard to be politically correct we ignore the evidence that tells us that there is a long history of violence in Islam. This is not new, it is very old. Ask yourself, if Islam is a religion of peace why are people leaving Islam threatened with death?

    November 9, 2009 at 11:49 pm |
  47. Julie

    It seems that CNN is very concerned with their PC status right now.
    Innocent people murdered at an army base and CNN writes stories to warn against a Muslim backlash and to explain away the harassment that this shooter endured. Get a grip!!! People are dead. Don't just take the word of posters on this the Quran and the writings of Mohammed. Islam does not = peace.

    November 9, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  48. alex

    Hey, I've got a great policy that encompasses all races, religions, etc: no crazies! Of course, if your psychologists are also crazy...

    November 9, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  49. Jayakumar nair

    I dont think religion had anything to do with this man's murderous rampage. Here is a man, who has always been a failure in his profession, family life and career. As losers always do, he sought to blame his failures and deficiencies on "discrimination" for being a muslim. A loser filled with hate towards a world he could not understand. It would be a travesty if for the murderous act of one mad man we cast doubt on the patriotism of those brave muslim americans who serve this nation well or the religion that gave them the strength to do so. I pray that the families who lost their dear ones, will find solace in the fact that this mad man will stand trial for his crimes, and that justice will prevail.

    November 9, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  50. J.C

    I have no problems with anybody or anything with a heartbeat, except the muslims.
    Ive came to some conclusions, 99% of the time, a terrorist act is carried out by a muslim, 99% of the time a rape/molestation is carried out by a white person, and blacks & hispanics are mixed in with a little bit of everything. so we all have been labeled, and alot of people are scared to voice there opinion.

    November 9, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  51. Geoff

    Does it really matter who Major Hassan really was? White, black, brown, Christian, Muslim, Scientologist? These are all labels. Instead, we should call him what he is (publically) known to be... a criminal and a murderer within the United States Army.

    Oh, there are people who know the person behind the uniform and how he acts on a daily basis, and there will be people who come out and talk about how he talked to Person XYZ and how he was upset about being deployed to Afghanistan.... and that is all well and good. These things should not be forgotten, or we run the risk of becoming the monsters we fear.

    November 9, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  52. Rick

    Perhaps the person that posted the comment about "mentioning" his religion did not understand he yelled "Allah Akbar" as he shot. This is a Muslim Jihadist saying "God is Great" as he killed fellow soldiers. He killed because of his religion!! Educate yourself and realize that they hate you because you are infedel to them, meaning less than human. Hippy, liberal ideas will not protect you if you happen to be around when the next incident happens.

    November 9, 2009 at 7:31 pm |
  53. Mays

    Backlash would be the most uncivlized reaction. But I would say yes to profiling especially if a christian yells 'hail Jesus 'or a Jew yells 'hail Moses' or a budhist yells 'hail budha' before they shoot down dozens of people in cold blood.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:27 pm |
  54. Leahann

    I want to say "As long as you are American first and Moslem second" But then could I say " American First and Christian Orthodox second"?

    Not so easy..

    November 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  55. Mays

    It is unjust to pass judgement on a religious group based on the actions of one person (Maj. Nidal Malik Hassan ). Is it just to pass judgement on the patriotism of a religious group based on the ultimate sacrifice of one individual(Kareem Rashad Sultan Khan)? What could be the intention of a person when he yells allah oh akbar before he guns down dozens of his own fellow soldiers? An exception? My foot.

    November 9, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  56. bill shuman

    To declare that "other religions" are just as fanatical as the Jihadist interpretation of the Muslim faith is to display a stunning denial of fact.
    When was the last non-muslim, bomb detonation? Oklahoma City not withstanding, all since have been in the name of Allah, as reported again and again. Jihadism has highjacked the muslim belief system and will never be contained or destroyed until muslims themselves decide to do so.
    The terrorist act at Ft. Hood is another example of how dangerous the Jihadist belief is...
    the world over.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  57. Tom

    solution to this problem is simple–
    we have to trust people to live and interact with them, can't live secluded
    but, if people break that trust you raise the consequences and establish security first
    No one cares what the underlying cause of murder is.
    If you kill someone and are convicted...your family is killed.
    If you intentionally hurt a child (including sex predators) and your family are killed.
    This is the problem with the legal system, way too squeemish to deter the acts of violence, rape, etc...that permeate are society.
    Kaiser Soce had it right.
    Make committing an act of violence, no matter what the cause, so risky of such a heinous retribution that no one will do it.
    then all the religious wackos who still do this can "naturally select" their genes for extinction.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:42 pm |
  58. tony

    "American service men and women are professional and smart. "

    Ha Ha Ha ! Where in hell have you been? The average soldier these days barely speaks a language (except for rap lyrics or salsa tunes) and probably doesn't even know there is a written language of any kind. You can laud their courage if you must, but please, don't talk of their intelligence !

    November 9, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  59. Dirk D

    It seems like everyone wants to see this as a black and white problem.
    Its not. Not all muslims have extreme views. However a *significant* percentage of them do. The religion just seems to do that to people.

    Just look at what's happening around the world.

    Which other religion is used regularly to justify

    1. Suicide bombings of innocent people
    2. Stonng of adulterers including young women.
    3. "Honor" killings of family members, usually women
    4. Giving lesser rights to women and non-muslims (pakistan), if any

    the list goes on...

    In Saudi Arabia you will be punished if you practice any other religion
    openly, women cannot drive and if you are a Jew, god help you. If
    you try to convert anyone, the punishment is death. Excuse me?
    Why so much insecurity if your religion is so great?

    My experience has also been that muslims identify with other muslims
    around the world more than they do with their countrymen who are not
    muslim. This is dangerous.

    However, I still believe most muslims just want to lead a peaceful life
    free to practice their religion which has many good things too and
    it would be sad and counterproductive if people started discriminating
    against muslims because of their religion

    Hower, lets not be politically correct to the point of dumbness. We
    need to be aware of the extremism inherent in this religion and
    take appropriate precautions.


    November 9, 2009 at 5:28 pm |
  60. VA Teacher

    I am actually more concerned with those who died and who were injured in this horrific massacre. That is what the focus should be, and I have barely seen any of that.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  61. Tina Tafoya

    I acknowledge that this situation is demoralizing for our troops and Americans in general. However, it has been my experience that Americans have the philosophy that whatever doesnt kill us torques us off and makes us fight even harder when we strike back.

    I think this is the work of a generally unbalanced and disgruntled service member who happens to be a Muslim. I dont see it as part of a larger conspiracy or a general Jihadist threat, it is is just easy to jump to that wrong conclusion. If insiders are a threat to the US military, I assure you, they come in all colors and from all backgrounds...just like the military in general.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  62. Phani

    I don't think there will be much of a backlash. There shouldn't be. Although, statistically 80% of muslims are religious fanatics.
    Only people who do not believe in Islam should be allowed to join the army. Islam is rooted in preaches evil too.

    November 9, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
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