FORT HOOD, Tex. – A Muslim terrorist who killed thirteen people in a shooting rampage has told a local newspaper that he was “defending his religion” in the ruthless attack.
On November 5th, 2009, former Army Major Nidal Hasan opened fire in Texas’ Fort Hood army base, killing thirteen people and injuring over 30. One of the slain individuals was a pregnant mother; the unborn baby died also. Hasan fired over 200 bullets during the rampage.
Following the shooting tragedy, many media outlets and high-ranking government officials were hesitant to describe the shooting as an example of Islamic terrorism. Even today, the U.S. Defense Department maintains that the Fort Hood massacre was simply a case of “workplace violence.”
However, a recent letter Hasan mailed to a local Texas newspaper indicates that his motive in the murders was in fact his Muslim faith. On Sunday, the Killeen Daily Herald published the note from Hasan, explaining that the correspondence was sent from his jail cell and postmarked July 31st. Though the latter portion of the 6-page letter is identical to a message Hasan mailed to Fox News last month, the first three pages contain fresh information about the shooter’s motives.
“What was your motive on November 5?” Hasan asks in his note. Then he answers: “I was defending my religion.”
Following this statement, Hasan spends several lines advocating for Shariah law in the United States.
“It is one thing for the United States to say ‘we don’t want Shariah (God’s) law to govern us,’” he writes, “but it’s not acceptable to have a foreign policy that tries to replace Shariah law for a more secular form of government. … We are imperfect Muslims trying to establish the perfect religion of All-Mighty God.”
Then Hasan admits that many believe his shooting spree went against the teachings of Islam. In response to this, he states that “many reputable scholars in the legal field … have clearly explained why the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are illegal and unconstitutional.” Therefore, he argues, since “participating in these wars breaks one’s oath of office,” his murders were permissible.
“At best you could argue I broke a law,” he concludes.
Hasan finishes his letter by once again stating: “We are imperfect Muslims trying to establish the perfect religion of All-Mighty Allah as supreme on the land.”
In his letter last month to Fox News, Hasan expressed similar sentiments regarding radical, uncompromising Shariah law in the United States.
“Muslims are expected to completely submit to All-Mighty God,” he stated. “They are also taught not to compromise their religion for the whims and desires of disbelievers (like trying to separate church and state) to get along with them. The religion of Islam was brought to prevail over all other religions, not to be co-equal with them and certainly not to be subservient to them.”
As previously reported, a federal judge ruled last week that Oklahoma’s state ban on Sharia law is unconstitutional, leading some to fear that proponents of radical Islam will gradually attempt to implement their policies in the U.S.
Currently, a Texas court is handling Hasan’s trial, and might hand him the death penalty. According to an Associated Press report, the former army major rested his case Wednesday without summoning any defense witnesses, and prosecutors will give final arguments Thursday.