Accused Fort Hood Shooter Nidal Hasan Apologizes to Muslim Victims of US Aggression
The accused Fort Hood shooter has issued an apology– not to the families of the 13 US troops he killed at the Texas army base in 2009 or to the 32 others he wounded in the attack, but rather to Muslim victims of US aggression.
Major Nidan Hasan released a six-page statement to Fox News in which he does not directly mention the deadly November 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage. Instead, the former army psychiatrist apologized for his complicity in what he called America’s “illegal and immoral aggression” against Muslims.
“My complicity was on behalf of a government that openly acknowledges that it would hate for the law of Almighty Allah to be the supreme law of the land,” Hasan wrote, referring to Islamic sharia law.
Toward the beginning of his statement Hasan wrote that, “I would like to begin by repenting to Almighty Allah and apologize to the mujahideen (militants fighting against the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan), the believers (Muslims) and the innocents.”
“I ask for their forgiveness and their prayers,” Hasan continues. “I ask for their forgiveness for participating in the illegal and immoral aggression against Muslims, their religion and their lands.”
The United States led a multinational invasion and occupation of Afghanistan in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which killed nearly 3,000 people in New York City, Washington DC and rural Pennsylvania. Less than two years later, the US led another invasion and occupation, this one of Iraq, a country that had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks. It was later reported that influential members of George W. Bush’s inner circle had been trying to find a way to attack Iraq and overthrow the brutal Saddam Hussein regime, a longtime US ally, since well before 9/11 in order to achieve the strategic and economic goals of powerful neoconservative elements within the administration.
More than 100,000 innocent civilians have died as a result of the US-led ‘War on Terror’ in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. In addition to these deaths, US military and intelligence personnel have committed widespread documented crimes and atrocities in Muslim nations subject to attack, invasion and occupation, acts which have fueled anti-American global sentiment and revenge attacks such as the Boston Marathon bombing and Fort Hood shooting. Among these are: murder of innocent civilians, murder of detainees in US custody, torture, rape of innocent civilians, rape of male and female detainees, intentional false imprisonment of innocent civilians, corpse desecration, and destruction and desecration of Korans.
Additionally, Hasan’s statement accused the United States of being at war with Islam, an assertion repeatedly denied by both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations. But some Muslim observers point to the increasing Christianization of the US armed forces, the fact that some avowed anti-Muslim military leaders have said the US is at war with Islam, and the fact that some US military officers were taught that our forces should wage “total war,” replete with the use of “Hiroshima tactics,” to destroy the holiest cities in Islam, as evidence that there is indeed an American ‘war on Islam.’
Maj. Hasan also reportedly railed against US policy toward Israel and Palestinian Muslims in his statement to Fox News. Israel, which committed a year-long campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Palestinians as the Jewish state declared its independence in 1948, has been illegally occupying the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Syrian Golan Heights since 1967, with illegal settler colonies continuing to drive more Palestinians from their homes. The US provides funding and diplomatic support for Israel’s internationally condemned actions, which critics call ethnic cleansing and apartheid.
The exact language of Hasan’s critique remains largely unknown, as Fox News has not published his statement in its entirety.
George Stratton, whose son was wounded in the Fort Hood shooting attack, told Fox News that Hasan’s statement does not surprise him at all.
“I have all along believed Nidal Hasan to be a Muslim terrorist, so it confirms what I always thought,” Stratton said of the statement.
Maj. Hasan’s court martial is scheduled to begin on August 6. He is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder and faces execution or life imprisonment if found guilty. Hasan is acting as his own attorney.
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