In the United States, we have been living with political correctness for decades. As an outgrowth of affirmative action, it was seen as the logical extension for leveling the the racial playing field. The legally mandated inclusion of certain minority groups would be backed up by a psychological component of enforced group think. While affirmative action very starkly chose winners and losers for education, business, and government, political correctness was supposed to force inclusion in a social sense. Those failing to toe this racial line of behavior were supposed to be ostracized. While this may have cowed the bigots and fostered a nascent inclusion, something else started to happen.
Tolerance and inclusion became deference. Instead of a level playing field, new justifications arose so that minorities should be placed in a superior position to others in school, business, or government. Since to be called a racist publicly has become the 21st century equivalent of a scarlet letter, people would do any number of contortions, mental or otherwise, to avoid being labeled as such. While many have recognized this incredible distortion of a noble effort, the bill has come due for this twisting of the American instinct for fairness. While many are unhappy with the fact that affirmative action has become a legacy for minorities, the cousin of affirmative action, political correctness has been revealed as a threat much more damaging than some warping of the admissions process or government contract selection. We now bend over backwards to accommodate those who wish to destroy America and all she stands for. This became crystal clear after the Ft. Hood shooting.
When Major Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, massacred servicemen and women at Ft. Hood, it was a culmination of events in a chain of obvious signs of jihadism, terrorism and anti-American feeling that had been going on for years. Political correctness, or minority favoritism, allowed this open sore of a person to not only work, but to advance in the military. Soliciting worshippers for Islam among patients, touting horrid punishments for non-believers and proclaiming sharia law over the U.S. Constitution were just some of the outward signs pooh-poohed by those interested in avoiding being labeled a bigot, the new highest crime in America. Is this an exaggeration?
Not according to General George Casey Jr. who said of the massacre, "This terrible event would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity becomes a casualty." So over this slaughter rises the saving grace that we are still marching forward under the banner of political correctness. In other words, all personnel should continue to allow any proto-jihadist full support as they climb the career Army ladder. Imagine if another extroverted jihadist mole assumes command of a nuclear bomber or sub. Can this only be fantasy?
Well, the guy sitting in the White House had no problem being on seminar panels with Bill Ayers, American terrorist. That guy in the White House had no problem going to church with a guy like Reverend Wright saying essentially America got what it deserved on 9/11. Barack Obama had no problem with Van Jones, an adherent of the 9/11 "truthers." If I were head of the Al Qaeda propaganda department, I doubt I could come up with a better, more divisive fiction than the one that the U.S. government was complicit in 9/11. If Barack Obama had no problem with these figures actively working to break down America, would appointing some openly jihadist mole to a position of power in the name of political correctness be so much of a stretch?
On the more mundane level, Barack Obama himself was a recipient of the PC largess. How many people voted for Obama simply to prove they weren't a racist? Obama cleverly played the race card using surrogates in the primary and when McCain wouldn't stoop to the level of using racism, Obama played the race card himself. And it worked. After Obama was inaugurated, how many critics of the president were labeled "racist"? The administration and their parasites slapped every single dissent with that label. We can expect this label to appear again in 2010 and 2012.
If PC games were only confined to who runs the country, this land might be able to survive, but when it directly affects how we stop our enemies, the life of the republic is in jeopardy. Ponder this: did the immense growth through technology of asymmetrical threats exist even twenty years ago? Did the ubiquity and power of computer-involved personal technologies exist even fifteen years ago? Did the ease of logistical coordination between disparate and far flung actors exist even a decade ago? We cannot afford any blind spots due to self-censorship, submissiveness or capitulation to ideas that threaten liberty or life. Individuals have a myriad of ways to attack slow nation-state actors with enormous, cumbersome, and docile bureaucracies. All it takes is the will, the increasingly portable technology, and a handful of fanatics, sometimes only one.
The jihadist Major Hasan was conversing via email with an Al Qaeda imam in Yemen, but according to the gun shy PC Department of Defense investigators this was "research." One of Hasan's classmates at Uniformed Services University summed up the motivation. "The issue here is that there's a political correctness climate in the military. They don't want to say anything because it would be considered questioning somebody religious beliefs, or they're afraid of an equal opportunity lawsuit." So said Lt. Col. Val Finnell. So the PC enablers have to make up reasons, plausible sounding ones, why Major Hasan got to remain in the Army. According to the AP sources at Walter Reed Hospital, "…some doctors and staff were concerned their unfamiliarity with the Muslim faith would lead them to unfairly single out Hasan's behaviour." In other words, they felt themselves to be insensitive bigots when it came to Islam. Better to dodge this guy, and hope you don't get sued for asking him if he'd like a baloney sandwich from the deli.
Even when the term fanatic seemed just around the corner, Hasan's coworkers could not bring themselves to call him the name. As on unnamed staffer at Walter Reed said, "…he embraced his religion with such intensity that one wondered whether he could have suffered from a form of 'delusion.'" Whoever this dope was, he has been so PC programmed, he wouldn't realize Hasan or any other jihadist was a threat until the round is in the chamber and the trigger is being squeezed. Then again this was in a story in the Washington Post entitled "Army sought ways to channel Hasan's absorption with Islam." Amazing as the embrace of this therapeutic psychobabble is, what's more shocking now is that this psycho drivel is widely accepted at the highest levels of our society.
We can now assume the beltway crowd is completely inert when it comes to spotting the enemies here. The Army high command (Casey), the bureaucracy (Walter Reed, DOD) and the press (Washington Post) all are smugly ensconced in the PC blind spot. Speaking of blind spots, the White House has asked that Congress to slow down investigating Hasan and his attack. Why bother trying to track down possible co-conspirators or government blunders? After all, Major Hasan's Al Qeada imam in Yemen said he acted alone. He seems PC enough.
To have others investigating not firmly under the thumb of the Executive branch might muss things up. And the President is now an experienced foot dragger, so why not push this out until there's some other event to distract attention? Why bother committing all the resources of the government to investigating the first jihadist attack on America since 9/11? After all, the FBI said this was not being looked at as terrorism, right after the attack. The attacker opens fire screaming the jihadist war cry "Allahu Akbar!" and it's not Islamic terrorism? Please ignore that man screaming "God is Great" unless he blows your head off. Then we're off to mourning mode replete with more odes to political correctness like our "our diversity is our strength." In this instance, our "strength" was a police officer pumping multiple rounds into a still-firing fanatic. Sanctimonious homilies are a tissue thin shield against terrorists.
The enemies of America are not stupid. There are very capable of learning lessons and applying them. The attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 failed, but the lessons of that failure paved the way to the horrendous massacre that was 9/11. They are watching and learning. Whether planned directly by Al Qaeda or not, this Ft. Hood slaughter enabled by a PC blind spot will be understood and filed away. Perhaps, it will give action to another plot immediately. Maybe it will give rise to another long term plot just as deadly as 9/11. Either way, a new weakness has been shown. They know it now, but the question is: do we know it? Will we ever know it?