What Hollywood Can Teach Us About the Fort Hood Massacre

November 13, 2009 - 5:55 AM
Maj. Nidal Malik Hassan was an enemy combatant. And until we come to grips with that reality, as well as the fact that we are still a nation at war, the United States will continue to suffer such needless and unnecessary losses.
Most Americans have this whole Fort Hood massacre all wrong. Maj. Nidal M. Hassan was not a terrorist.  And he wasn’t a mass murderer.  And he may not even have been a coward.  Maj. Hassan was an enemy combatant. 
 
And until we come to grips with that reality, as well as the fact that we are still a nation at war, the United States will continue to suffer such needless and unnecessary losses.
 
Since so many Americans have been undereducated by our government-run public schools, let’s refer to a system of education which most of us can readily relate to in order to understand what’s really going on here: Hollywood movies.
 
In The Patriot starring Mel Gibson, we learned that under-trained and under-armed American militia hid behind trees in the woods and waited for the British troops to ride up.  They would then open fire without warning, attempting to take out the officers first in order to instill chaos among the remaining soldiers, thereby making it easier to pick them off and wipe them out.
 
In that sense, American militiamen were the colonial version of IEDs (improvised explosive devices).
 
A rather unsettling thought, is it not? 
 
For their part, the British thought such tactics by the militia were as cowardly and ungentlemanly as we do now about Taliban roadside attacks on U.S. military convoys in Afghanistan.  But both the militia and the Taliban used/use what little military tactics in war they had/have at their disposal against a superior enemy military force.  As they say, all’s fair.
 
And what red-blooded American can ever forget the 1967 World War II classic The Dirty Dozen starring Lee Marvin?  And who did we root for in that story, the Americans or the Germans?  And what was the plot of that movie again?  Oh, yeah: “A U.S. Army Major is assigned a dozen convicted murderers to train and lead them into a mass assassination mission...”
 
Gulp.
 
This is why I say Hassan wasn’t a terrorist.  He didn’t attack a subway train or a nightclub or a shopping mall populated by civilians.  No, he attacked enemy soldiers on an enemy military base.  And he used what he had at his disposal – a surprise attack on unarmed soldiers which gave him a tactical advantage.
 
Most of us probably consider this attack cowardly, but it was right out of Sun Tzu’s Art of War textbook:
 
“You can be sure of succeeding in your attacks if you only attack places that are undefended. . . .He who is skilled in attack flashes forth from the topmost heights of heaven, making it impossible for the enemy to guard against him.  This being so, the places that he shall attack are precisely those that the enemy cannot defend.”
 
Like the Soldiers Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood, Texas.
 
Not that we Americans shouldn’t be outraged by the attack. We should. But part of our outrage should be directed against the idiots who decided that American military personnel need not be armed and protected at all times on a military installation during a time of war, even on American soil.
 
Maj. Nidal Hassan was an enemy infiltrator.  Or maybe he was a modern-day version of Benedict Arnold…a traitor.  Either way, his was an act of war.  And a very successful one.  The U.S. response should now be two-fold.
 
First, give Maj. Hassan a fair trial in a military court, followed by a swift PUBLIC execution by hanging or firing squad.
 
Second, force the Pentagon and the White House to wake up, smell the coffee and recognize that we are, indeed, in a real war whether we like it or not.  The current “rules of engagement” which require our soldiers to fight with two hands tied behind their backs is getting them killed needlessly and unnecessarily.
 
You wanna get bin Laden and his gang?  You do it the same way Jimmy Malone told Elliot Ness to get mobster Al Capone in The Untouchables:
 
“You said you wanted to get Capone. Do you really wanna get him? You see what I'm saying is, what are you prepared to do? . . . If you open the can on these worms you must be prepared to go all the way. Because they're not gonna give up the fight, until one of you is dead.  You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. THAT’S the Chicago way! And that's how you get Capone. Now do you want to do that?”
 
Rightly or wrongly, the can on these Muslim extremist worms was opened a long time ago.  They can’t be reasoned with. They can’t be negotiated with.  Like a rabid dog, they won’t give up until one of us is dead.  And they’ve now sent another 13 of our soldiers to the morgue.
 
It’s long past time to either surrender or….
 
Take the handcuffs off, unleash the dogs of war on these religious barbarians, call down the thunder - and may God have mercy on their cold, dark hearts, because the United States military sure as hell won’t.  No better friend; no worse enemy.  THAT’S the American way.  Or at least, it should be.
 
What are you prepared to do, President Obama?