Fort Hood Killer: Facts and Fantasy

Written by Allan Erickson on September 1, 2013

Originally published November 17, 2009
(From the book The Cross & the Constitution, Tate Publishing, 2012, page 156)

O ye who believe! Fight those of the disbelievers who are near to you, and let them find harshness in you, and know that Allah is with those who keep their duty [unto him]” (Koran 9:123).

Surely, the worst of all living, in the sight of Allah, are those who reject Faith, so they do not believe’ (the message of Islam). So if you find them in war, make them an example (deterrent) for those behind them, so
that they take a lesson.
” (Koran 8:55–57).

Remember thy Lord inspired the angels (with the message): ‘I am with you: give firmness to the Believers: I will instill terror into the hearts of the Unbelievers: smite ye above their necks and smite all their fingertips off them.’ “ (Koran 8:12).

American television talking heads and reporters speculate Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan was motivated to kill fourteen (one in the womb) and wound thirty-one soldiers at Fort Hood because:

• he snapped psychologically
• he was harassed by fellow soldiers for being Palestinian
• he was suffering from pre-traumatic stress (related to anticipated
trauma), an unknown malady
• he was lonely without a wife and felt alienated in the army

These experts assure us his murderous rampage had nothing to do with his Islamic beliefs, because, as everyone knows, Islam is a religion of peace.

No doubt Hasan’s attorney will plead insanity, holding the Army and American society responsible. Perhaps Mr. Obama will insist on a trial in civilian court, arguing Hasan cannot possibly get a fair trial before a military tribunal.

Certain facts tell a plausible story gleaned from various news accounts:

• Nidal Malik Hasan, US born, is described by family and friends as a lifelong, devout Muslim.
• As he calmly and methodically fired about one hundred rounds (special 9mm armor piercing loads), he screamed “Allahu Akbar”. He used two privately owned handguns, each with twenty-round clips, so he was prepared, and had to reload three times. There is no doubt this was a premeditated act.
• He had substantial contact with Anwar al-Awlaki, an Islamic cleric supportive of al-Qaeda, one endorsing violence and terrorism. The US-born cleric praised Hasan after the massacre as “a hero.” This is the same al-Awlaki who “ministered” to at least two of the 9/11 hijackers.
• On his business card, Hasan identified himself as a “soldier of Allah”.
• Classmates at military college reported Hasan held anti-American views, stated Islam was superior to the US Constitution, and supported suicide bombings.
• Not long ago he gave a medical lecture to Army colleagues, but instead of a medical lecture, he delivered a dawah, telling his audience they would burn in hell unless they converted to Islam.
• His job in the army was to provide therapy for traumatized soldiers returning from battle. On many occasions, Hasan reportedly tried to convert the soldiers to Islam and threatened to charge others with war crimes, actually leveling charges in some cases.
• He sent money to terrorists in Pakistan.
• He told students, “I’m a Muslim first and an American second,” according to Dr. Val Finnell, a lieutenant colonel. “I really questioned his loyalty,” Finnell said.
• He told colleagues the US war against terror was a war against Islam.
• In various communications he celebrated Islamic martyrdom, a central tenet of Osama bin Laden’s theology.
• The morning before the shootings, he was videotaped in a convenience store, wearing full Muslim attire described as Pakistani funeral garb worn by Muslim men either for attending a funeral or for a suicide mission.

Did he purposefully choose a Thursday to attack?

“For his journeys, the Holy Prophet liked a Thursday whether it was for Jihad of or some other purpose.” (Maariful Qur’an, volume iv, p.489).

Moral: If it walks like a jihadist, talks like a jihadist, looks like a jihadist, says it is a jihadist, behaves like a jihadist, and jihadists recognize it as their hero, well, one supposes it is a jihadist.

It is unfathomable how people deny glaring, factual evidence.

Terrible, outstanding questions remain: why did the army ignore numerous warning signs for so long, why did the army promote Hasan, why did the FBI determine there was no basis for further investigation, and why did so many remain silent for so long?

Apparently the lessons of 9/11 and fourteen thousand Islamic terror attacks worldwide since have taught us little.

Can it possibly be the tyranny of multiculturalism strikes again? All hail diversity even if it means suicide?

Image: Major Nidal Malik Hasan, USA, Fort Hood shooter; source: viewarticle/727587; author: U.S. Army; public domain

Allan Erickson
Allan Erickson---Christian, husband, father, journalist, businessman, screenwriter and author of The Cross & the Constitution in the Age of Incoherence, Tate Publishing, 2012, serves on the board of He is available to speak in churches addressing the topics of faith and freedom. Register & Vote! Contact: