Tuesday, November 10, 2009

The Therapy Culture Punts on Major Nidal Malik Hasan, Part 2

Happily, I am not the only one denouncing the therapy culture for trying to make mass murdering traitor Nidal Hasan into a victim of stress and prejudice.

Today, Dorothy Rabinowitz shows clearly that something of great cultural importance is being revealed by the public reaction to the murders at Fort Hood. Link here.

Always a beacon of moral clarity, Rabinowitz states it best: "What is hard to ignore, now, is the growing derangement on all matters involving terrorism and Muslim sensitivities. Its chief symptom: a palpitating fear of discomfiting facts and a willingness to discard those facts and embrace the richest possible variety of ludicrous theories as the motives behind an act of Islamic terrorism. All this we have seen before but never is such naked form. The days following the Fort Hood rampage have told us more than we want to know, perhaps, about the depth and reach of this epidemic."

Rabinowitz cites Dr. Phil McGraw as a primary purveyor of this fiction.

Dr. Phil earned his following by offering a hard-nosed vision of human psychology, a down-home pragmatism that other therapists had been avoiding. At the time it was clearly a step in the right direction. Dr. Phil eschewed the search for deep meanings. When faced with uncomfortable guests wallowing in their own rationalizations, Dr. Phil would shoot back: "How's that working for you?"

Now, however, the same Dr. Phil has moved from Texas to Hollywood and has become guru to the masses. He has the temerity to go on television and offer up a bunch of psycho-piddle, declaiming for the victimhood of poor, misunderstood Major Hassan. According to Dr. Phil he must have been unwell; he feared deployment to a war zone; he was suffering from STRESS.

This shows clearly that exposure to Hollywood celebrity is bad for your mind.

What Dr. Phil is to the therapy culture, Army chief of staff Gen. George Casey is to the society at large.

Similarly infected by the therapy culture Gen. Casey refused to recognize that Major Hasan was a traitor inflamed by extremist Islamic ideas. Instead, he told George Stephanopolous that the most important lesson of the massacre was to remain firm in our resolve to bow down to the god of Diversity.

In Casey's words: "This terrible tragedy would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity becomes a casualty."

But wasn't it fear of offending the god of Diversity that allowed Major Hasan to expound his hatred of the United States with perfect impunity? And wasn't it the same fear that prevented the Army from taking any consequential action to end his career?

We need to add a word about Gen. Casey. Keep in mind that Gen. Casey was the commanding general in Iraq before Gen. Petraeus and the surge snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. And keep in mind that Gen. Casey was opposed to the surge, preferring to offer a light footprint, lest we offend the sensibilities of the insurgents.

Were it not for Gen. Petraeus and Pres. Bush, Gen. George Casey would have gone down in history as the man who lost Iraq.

So, if you want to know how to lose a war against Islamic terrorists and insurgents you should be paying close attention to the thought of Gen. George Casey.

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