Chris Matthews: We may never know if religion was a factor at Fort Hood

posted at 8:34 pm on November 6, 2009 by Allahpundit

Well … yes, that’s true, if you think anything short of Hasan sitting up in his hospital bed and declaring “why, indeed, religion was a factor at Fort Hood” amounts to irresponsible speculation. But here’s what we’ve got so far, according to eyewitnesses, colleagues, and friends. He considered the war on terror a “war on Islam” and himself a Muslim first and an American second; he thought Muslims had the right to stand up to the “aggressor” in the Middle East and is suspected of posting things online about the selfless heroism of jihadist suicide bombers; he was placed on probation for proselytizing about Islam to patients and colleagues and was sufficiently devout that he refused to have his picture taken with women; he once used a lecture at a medical conference as an opportunity to discuss how the Koran orders decapitation for infidels; and, oh yes, he yelled “Allahu Akbar” before opening fire.

Now, per the media’s favored Narrative, could a guy with that background have somehow compartmentalized that in his mind and been driven to kill entirely by pre-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD by proxy or whatever? I guess. Anything’s possible. But would the same benefit of the doubt be given to a nut trending towards fanaticism of a different ideological hue? Like I said yesterday on Twitter: You’ll know it’s okay to start speculating about Hasan’s motives when cops find a Glenn Beck book on his bookshelf. In fact, if the same “PTSD by proxy” elements had been present in Hasan’s bio but it turned out he’d attended a tea party or two, we’d already be well into hour 30 of a full-on media speculation orgy. The nutroots needed less time than that to pronounce conservatism collectively guilty of murder in the case of that hanged census worker, even though, as it turns out, he probably wasn’t murdered. But then, we’ve been over this ground before. For now, let’s simply look forward to this Sunday’s New York Times op-ed page, as Krugman and Rich and the rest of the gang who see murderers in every angry conservative face warn us how vicious it is to assume the worst about people because of one bad apple.

In fairness to Matthews, this isn’t a terrible interview. He does press his guest — a little — on the “Allahu Akbar” detail. What he doesn’t press him on is whether he’s the best person to be chatting about this subject. Anyone recognize our expert here?

Update: Incidentally, if Hasan does end up confessing to a jihadist motive, should we start re-thinking 9/11 as motivated in part by post-traumatic stress disorder? Bin Laden fought in Afghanistan against the Soviets, after all. Surely there must be some other explanation besides the obvious one.


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U.S. intelligence agencies were aware months ago that Army Major Nidal Hasan was attempting to make contact with people associated with al Qaeda, two American officials briefed on classified material in the case told ABC News.

Spinning this into the PTSD storyline will be interesting.

J_Crater on November 9, 2009 at 8:59 AM

“Chris Matthews: We may never know if religion was a factor at Fort Hood”

We may never know if unbiased journalism is a factor with Chris Matthews.

Uniblogger on November 9, 2009 at 9:33 AM

Chris Matthews: We may never know if religion was a factor at Fort Hood

Obviously Religion wasn’t the factor… Islam was.

ronnyraygun on November 9, 2009 at 9:36 AM

SNL Comedy Skit (like…NOT)

Setting: Maj. Hassan stands before the Pearly Gates trying to convince St. Mohammed to allow his passage into Paradise. (theological implications not relevant).

Maj. Hassan: I have killed the Infidels as you commanded, o blessed one. I am here for my reward.

St. Mo: Now hold on here, Major. That is “major” in the Infidel army.

Maj. Hassan: Yes, o blessed one, the rank was only a ruse to get at the Infidels so that I might slay them in greater numbers.

St. Mo: But there is some doubt about your motives. Were you not a disturbed and agitated individual dealing with your own personal demons. Perhaps your acts were merely those of a madman, not a devotee of Allah.

Maj. Hassan: (Peeking over St. Mo’s shoulder at the virgins cavorting in the background.) But I slew the Infidel as you commanded. I shot them with my guns. The bullets tore their flesh; their blood spilled upon the floor to the delight of Allah.

St. Mo: But I have here a report from TIME Magazine saying that you were just upset about the policies of your government and the prospect of overseas deployment.

Maj. Hassan: B..But, blessed prophet. I did it for Allah. I slew the Inifidels. Honest…for Allah. Really! I even gave out Koran copies the morning of the deed so that all would know I acted upon your words, o blessed one.

St. Mo: Here’s another report from Chris Matthews saying that we may never know if your religion had any role in your actions.

Maj. Hassan: But I shouted ALLAH AKBAR! as I gunned down the Infidels….what more do you want?

St. Mo: I’m sorry, Maj. Hassan, but the consensus among the Mainsteam Media is that you are merely a disturbed individual acting without religious motivaton. No virgins for you, Dude. Bye bye. (With this St. Mo pulls a lever and the Major falls through a trap door.)

Arturo Factori on November 9, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Chris Matthews: We may never know if religion was a factor at Fort Hood

Obviously Religion wasn’t the factor… Islam was.

ronnyraygun on November 9, 2009 at 9:36 AM

ronnyraygun FTW!!!!

Blacksmith8 on November 9, 2009 at 11:52 AM

I just can’t bring myself to watch Chris Matthews for nearly any reason.

Heftyjo on November 9, 2009 at 12:05 PM

Hey Chris, you got a mouse in your pocket. You must have to come up with that “we” crap because the rest of the nation knows for a fact that religion was “the” factor in this terrorist act.

TrickyDick on November 9, 2009 at 1:43 PM

Another rocket scientist from the “Approved Media”… What a loser/tool/idiot (pick one; I can’t)…

Khun Joe on November 9, 2009 at 3:27 PM

Would we know if religion were a factor if the shooter had yelled “In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost?”

SukieTawdry on November 7, 2009 at 3:03 PM

This should be a bumper sticker!
Perfectly nailed Sukie!

max1 on November 9, 2009 at 3:28 PM

One thing we know for sure:
Chris Matthews doesn’t know j__k s__t!

sdd on November 10, 2009 at 7:31 AM

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