With blood-covered hands, an unidentified man spoke into the camera. “We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you until you leave us alone. Your people will never be safe. The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying by British soldiers every day.” Nearby lay the lifeless body of a British solider. Moments earlier, after leaving an army recruitment office, the victim was struck by a car and then “hacked” to death by two men shouting “Allahu Akbar.” (I’m going out on a limb here, but I’m pretty sure they weren’t Catholic).
If this scene sounds familiar, it should. It’s happened before.
On June 1, 2009 Muslim convert Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad shot Privates William Long and Quinton Ezeagwula in front of a recruiting office in Little Rock, Arkansas. Long was killed in the attack. When he was arrested, Muhammad remarked, “It’s a war going on against Muslims, and that is why I did it.”
Muhammad converted at the age of 19 and then traveled to Yemen for 16 months, allegedly teaching English. He was arrested there for overstaying his visa. A search of his vehicle found “literature” from Anwar Al-Awlaki and manuals on bomb-making. His deportation to the United States two months after that arrest only seemed to accelerate his desire to bring jihad to our soil. Months after his January return, Long was dead and Muhammad was charged with murder, attempted murder and several other counts.
He pled guilty and the story was mostly forgotten. In fact, the crime was never labeled a terrorist act. To the government and prosecutors it was just one of several murders committed in Little Rock in 2009.
Much like the Ft. Hood massacre that occurred a mere five months later.
Nidal Hasan, also linked to Anwar Al-Awlaki, has not been called a terrorist by the government. Nearly four years later, the murder of 13 and the attempted murder of 32 remains an instance of “workplace violence.” Never mind that witnesses report Hassan screamed “Allah Akbar” as he pulled the trigger.