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November 06, 2009

The Narrative: Hasan Was Suffering From Mental Problems. Subtext: So Are All Soldiers And It's Bush's Fault

Deviate and you are clearly inciting hatred.

Newsbusters has a few examples of the developing narrative.

Whatever you do, ignore the potential for jihad. Things like...

Soldiers reported that the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar!" ó an Arabic phrase for "God is great!" ó before opening fire, said Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the base commander. He said officials had not confirmed that Hasan made the comment.

Or this.

He gave a Grand Rounds presentation. . . You take turns giving a lecture on, you know, the correct treatment of schizophrenia, the right drugs to prescribe for personality disorder, you know, that sort of thing. But instead of giving an academic paper, he gave a lecture on the Koran, and they said it didnít seem to be just an informational lecture, but it seemed to be his own beliefs. Thatís what a lot of people thought.

He talked about how if youíre a nonbeliever the Koran says you should have your head cut off, you should have oil poured down your throat, you should be set on fire. And I said well couldnít this just be his educating you? And the psychiatrist said yes, but one of the Muslims in the audience, another psychiatrist, raised his hand and was quite disturbed and he said you know, a lot of us donít believe these things youíre saying, and that there was no place where Hasan couched it as this is what the Koran teaches but you know I donít believe it. And people actually talked in the hallway afterwards about Ďis he one of these people thatís going to freak out and shoot people someday?í

Follow the link to Instapundit. There's more about Hasan including a report that he'd been reprimanded for "proselytizing about his Muslim faith with patients and colleagues".

Today President Shout-Out said we shouldn't jump to conclusions.

"We don't know all the answers yet. And I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts," Obama said in a Rose Garden statement otherwise devoted to the economy.

Funny but he was willing to reach conclusions within hours of the murder of abortionist George Tiller. Interestingly, it took Him 2 days to issue a statement when a Muslim terrorist killed a soldier at an Army recruitment office in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Seems some incidents call for restraint and others call for immediate conclusions.

Also, compare and contrast the media reaction.

Immediately Tiller's murder an act of domestic terrorism (here, here and here for just a few examples. Warning: liberal sites).

Now however, we must not even consider the idea that Hasan is a Muslim terrorist. Wouldn't want to spread fear and hate.

Just to be clear, jumping to conclusions is not what anyone is advocating. My problem with Obama and his courtiers in the media is that there are certain classes and subject which may not be speculated about but there are clearly some times when it's ok.

The media is most definitely jumping to conclusions, one unconnected to anything we know about Hasan while at the same time ruling out any consideration of a subset of the things for which there is evidence or at least indications.

Right now the Army Secretary and Chief of Staff are meeting the media at Fort Hood. They keep talking about 'stress' and 'suicide' while absolutely avoiding anything inconvenient about Hasan. It's dishonest and dangerous.

And below the fold, since I want to do what little I can to keep this alive, the Presidential Shout-Out not heard round the world.

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