On Nov. 18, Newsweek's Steven Simon and Jonathan Stevenson wrote an article titled “The Real Shock of Fort Hood.” If you thought that the shock of
According to Simon and Stevenson, Major Nidal Malik Hasan was simply another American Muslim that was the victim of “innumerable stresses, including discrimination and the strain of divided loyalties in their country's eight-year-long war against Muslims in the Middle East and
The authors argued that such circumstances would be “enough to inspire conflict in the minds of even the most patriotic of American Muslims in the
It's our fault. Americans aren't making Muslims “comfortable.” And the article specifically cited “Christian right-wing rhetoric” as a catalyst in the “Muslim alienation” which led to Hasan's shooting spree.
“Since Sept. 11, Muslims have faced increasing racism, employment and housing discrimination, and vandalism,” wrote Simon and Stevenson. “Media coverage dwelling on the violence associated with radical Islam and ignoring the respectable lifestyles of most American Muslims, along with Christian right-wing rhetoric casting the campaign against terrorism as a clash of religions, has contributed to the public's misunderstanding of Islam.”
The article applauded the general Muslim population in
In order to avoid pressuring another Muslim into attacking
They suggested that Obama offer a second speech, after his
But that's still not enough. According to Newsweek, we also need policy changes.
“Soldiers cannot be expected to function well in the service of their country for a cause that they oppose,” he said.
Those policy changes included instituting better “interagency early-warning mechanisms” to detect such internal conflicts before soldiers become “alienated from their country.” They also claimed that Hasan's violence was “partly driven by the taunts of fellow soldiers.” Since Muslims in the military are “extraordinarily sensitive,” the military needs to “to redouble efforts to enforce antidiscrimination standards.”
If you thought that the legacy of the