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Was 'political correctness' a co-conspirator in shooting?

November 21, 2009|By LLOYD "PETE" WATERS

I guess before too long, the FBI will begin work on establishing a profile for the American Terrorist. What do you suppose he or she might look like?

I wonder if "political correctness" might be included in this study.

In the aftermath of the Fort Hood shooting, the U.S. Army is scrambling to see how this tragedy might have happened.

Our Congress is loudly growling for answers.

Like a big dragon breathing fire, they will want accountability from someone. Who might it be? The Army, the investigators, the academic professors.

Perhaps they might discover that some of the problems associated with this incident might have resulted because of "political correctness." Pray tell, who created this monster?

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The gavel will clang with a loud knock that will echo through the Congressional chambers and our leaders will demand answers.

The investigative agencies will attempt to provide good responses to these questions. Was the shooter being investigated? Was he connected to an international radical extremist? Did your investigations reveal any concerns?

Could this tragedy have been prevented?

Everyone will be looking for a place to hide. No one will feel very comfortable with their answers.

The theatrics will look good to the viewer.

Few will offer an opinion that political correctness and that notion that we should overlook some individual shortcomings while promoting an agenda that is equal and fair might have played a critical role in this recent event.

What is political correctness? In today's America, it would seem that to be politically correct, one should be pro-feminist, pro-abortion, pro-gay rights, pro-diversity, pro-religiously tolerant, pro-equality, pro-affirmative action, etc.

Anyone who seems intolerant to the political winds of government and its established views might find themselves in the politically "incorrect" corner, and under a great amount of scrutiny and criticism should they come forward.

Here's a thought. Can being too equal and fair to an individual sometimes be taken to extremes and result in something unequal and unfair to other innocent people?

Maybe the system was so concerned with being so politically correct with Nidel Hasan, that it actually ignored a more logical approach to a problem.

Did Hasan deserve to be promoted to major based on those anti-government comments shared with us today by some of his peers? Political correctness was certainly a consideration in his promotion.

Did Hasan deserve to be in the military based on his anti-military and government thinking? Political correctness probably kept him in the Army instead of showing him the door.

Did his academic professors, military supervisors or others dismiss some troubling behavior? Or did they observe it and elect to look the other way because of political correctness?

Was political correctness present when he received his academic degree instead of kicking him out of class because of his outrageous behavior?

Do people get rewarded sometimes because of political correctness instead of receiving a more appropriate consequence? I suspect so. Will the government be able to fix this problem? I suspect not.

People are very quick to jump on the bandwagon that since the alleged shooter, Hasan, was a Muslim, his religious teachings and influences were contributing factors to this horrific incident. Pat Robertson, for sure.

These same people tend to forget too soon about the Timothy McVeigh of April 1995 and his bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building and the resulting deaths of some 168 people.

McVeigh was an "American Terrorist" and a book of the same title was written about his life. He was not a Muslim, but he was a "terrorist."

After reading this book, I believe, McVeigh, too, was affected by "political correctness," but in a different way than Hasan.

Upon conclusion of our government's investigation, do you think they will find that many people chose to be "politically correct" in their dealings with Malik Hasan, instead of courageously honest?

Or in McVeigh's description of his carnage in Oklahoma, can we expect more "collateral damage" because of people like Hasan and those who ignore the warning signs of a troubled individual?

Regretfully, I suspect there will be more deaths at the hands of these deviants, and a co-conspirator of these events just might be "political correctness."

Lloyd "Pete" Waters is a Sharpsburg resident who writes for The Herald-Mail.

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