Deaths by diversity?

NY Times:

President Obama, extending condolences to the community at Fort Hood, Texas, reminded Americans on Saturday that people of “every race, faith and station” serve in the military — an oblique attempt to prevent a backlash against Muslims in the wake of Thursday’s shootings by an Army psychiatrist.

Many Muslims have been concerned that their community will somehow be blamed for the actions of the psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who prayed regularly at the Fort Hood mosque. Mr. Obama did not address that concern directly. But, speaking in his weekly address, he seemed to urge Americans not to dwell on the faith of the assailant, by reminding the nation of the broad diversity of those who serve.

“They are Americans of every race, faith, and station,” he said. “They are Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and nonbelievers. They are descendents of immigrants and immigrants themselves. They reflect the diversity that makes this America . But what they share is a patriotism like no other. What they share is a commitment to country that has been tested and proved worthy. What they share is the same unflinching courage, unblinking compassion and uncommon camaraderie that the soldiers and civilians of Fort Hood showed America and showed the world.”

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It just so happens that people of creeds other than Islam are less likely to go homicidal in mass murder for Allah attacks. I am not condemning all Muslims. In fact I think the numbers made crazy by this religion are probably less than one percent, but that one percent can be lethal and we and other Muslims need to do a better job of finding and identifying that one percent. That will not be done if we look at the problem the way Obama is suggesting in this address. That will only sweep the problem under the rug until the next sudden jihad .

To use a crude analogy, not all pit bulls are killers, but it is sometimes hard to identify the ones who are. Until you know the difference, it is wise to be wary of those showing aggressive tendencies.

This is an awful strange reaction by Obama. He has been tone deaf ever since the word of this attack became news. It sounds like he wants to ignore the problem in the name of diversity. The better course is to acknowledge the problem and try to work with the military and the Muslim community to deal with those who have been made crazy by the religion.

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