Alec Jacobs, Staff Writer
Ideology: Very Conservative | Writing from: Washington, DC

Though it’s been moving in this direction for quite some time, political correctness has finally gone from a cute liberal idea meant not to offend anyone to become a dangerous idea that threatens the lives of American soldiers and citizens.

Of course, this isn’t in reference to racial and ethnic slurs, but America has become a society where we often can’t discuss an issue, or are forced to skirt around one, because we’re afraid we might hurt somebody’s feelings. But if our national security is at risk, though, then peoples’ feelings need to be thrown out the window.

The shooting at the military base at Fort Hood, Texas, which resulted in the deaths of 13 innocent people, is just such an instance, where political correctness may have cost us American lives and may impede true justice for lives lost.

To briefly review what happened last week, Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan is accused of having entered the Soldier Readiness Center armed with two handguns, killing 12 soldiers and one civilian, and wounding 30 other innocent bystanders.

Hasan, who is alive in a hospital, having been wounded by two police officers attempting to stop the rampage, has so far refused to speak to authorities. But that doesn’t mean authorities aren’t speaking about him.

Hasan is a Muslim. Witnesses say that, just before he began shooting, he yelled “Allahu Akbar!” meaning, in English, “Allah is great!” This is a war cry used by radical Islamic jihadists. He was known to be an admirer of Anwar al-Awlaki, an imam with various ties to al-Qaeda and someone found on a number of United States and United Nations terrorist lists. Awlaki praised Hasan for the Fort Hood shooting, and on his web site encouraged other Muslims serving in the American military to “follow in the footsteps of men like [him].”

Hasan had attempted to contact al Qaeda, and according to an ABC News report, he had a variety of other questionable connections. During one presentation to superiors, Hasan wondered aloud whether or not the war on terror was actually a “war on Islam,” and he went on to say “maybe Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressor.”

Business cards in his apartment had the letters “SoA” underneath his name, standing for “Soldier of Allah.”

Is there any doubt that this guy is a Muslim terrorist?

I’m not sure which is more disturbing: that a member of our Armed Forces was contacting al Qaeda and other Muslim leaders with widely-known hatred of America, or that our government knew about Hasan’s correspondence with terrorists for six months and never saw fit to remove him from the military, or even to watch him closely. Perhaps the shooting could have even been prevented. And Obama supporters wonder why we, on the other side, question his decision to close Guantanamo Bay. Clearly, Obama and his administration know a thing or two about national security.

Obama refused to call the shooting an act of terrorism, and urged the American people not to jump to conclusions before all the facts are known. I’m still waiting to hear which sorts of facts we need to hear before acknowledging that Hasan was a Muslim and a terrorist.

According to a study cited by Bill O’Reilly on his show, 85% of network news stories didn’t mention the words “terror” or “terrorism” when discussing the tragedy at Fort Hood. In addition to that statistic, a mere 29% of stories mentioned that Hasan was a Muslim. Of that small number of stories which mentioned Hasan’s religion, half defended the tenets of Islam.

It’s one thing to ignore the religion of a person if it is clearly unrelated to the issue at hand. With Hasan, his religion is the issue at hand. The government knew about Hasan’s links and did nothing. The media know about his links, but most journalists refuse to acknowledge the crucial fact that Hasan was a Muslim.

All of this political correctness is downright scary and poses an extreme threat to our national security. The question we need to be asking is: would we rather have some people with hurt feelings, or would we rather have innocent people killed to maintain political correctness?