Maybe you have seen those television commercials where a huge gorilla sits next to an uncertain individual and offers friendly advice, winding up the spot by saying: “Hey, what do I know, I’m just the 800 pound gorilla in the room.”

In the wild, adult male gorillas seldom weigh more than 500 pounds. It was not so many years ago that people talked about the 600 pound gorilla in the room. True to our growing tendency to exaggerate the metrics to make our point, the gorilla has put on weight. The question is: Who is the 800 pound gorilla in the room where Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan is being discussed in absentia?

In his eulogy before a crowd of 15,000 at the Ft. Hood military base for the slain, President Obama praised the courage of the soldiers who braved Maj. Hasan’s gunfire to help the wounded.

“It may be hard to comprehend the twisted logic that led to this tragedy. But this much we do know – no faith justifies these murderous and craven acts; no just and loving God looks upon them with favor. And for what he has done, we know that the killer will be met with justice – in this world, and the next.”

Good words, strong words, confident of God’s justice in the next world. I pause at “tragedy.” People will say what they want, and “tragedy” is a word that readily comes to mind to describe horrific events. It also is a word that mitigates blame. When people say that something is “tragic,” they are implying that it was just one of those things, an act of God like an earthquake, that might have been avoided but wasn’t. Too bad, now it’s time to move on. Who are we to blame? “Islam” and “terrorism” were not mentioned in the President’ sermon.

Army Chief-of-Staff, General George Casey, spoke to Meet The Press’s David Gregory in much the same language. He said: “As horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”

Really? There are two kinds of diversity: the naturally diverse populations in nature, and diverse human populations. The Indian peoples in Pre-Columbian America were diverse tribes. They did not all look alike, think and act alike. Some were warlike like the Sioux, others were peace-loving like the Hopi. The more recent variety of diversity that arrived with political correctness places the interests of minorities ahead of whites. That was the diversity Gen. Casey was speaking of. Major Hasan was a minority of Palestinian heritage. As such, he was promoted to the rank of Major even after receiving poor performance reviews at Walter Reed Hospital where he worked. In other words, it is almost impossible for the Army’s politically correct promotion system to turn down a Muslim medical doctor even after he sends up red flags about potential disloyalty and acts of violence.

Consistently, major legacy media have portrayed Mayor Hasan as the victim of stress. The Los Angeles Times ran an article on the massacre titled: “Fort Hood Tragedy Rocks Military as It Grapples With Mental Health Issues.” Time magazine followed suit, posting an article titled: “Stresses at Fort Hood Were Likely Intense for Hasan.” The real stresses at Ft. Hood were on the soldiers returning and going back to Iraq and Afghanistan after multiple deployments in combat zones. Major Hasan never faced a bullet fired at him or had his vehicle blown up by a roadside bomb. As his pay grade is in six figures, he is not poor. His stresses were internal, between the call to duty and deployment to Afghanistan as a psychiatrist to counsel soldiers in the field, which he dreaded, and his growing ties to Islamic extremism, culminating in his yelling “Allah Akbar” (God is Great) before he opened fire on the unarmed and unsuspecting soldiers at Ft. Hood.

Barack Obama is our first president raised in the age of political correctness, multiculturalism and diversity. He takes these as a given in his world. The President and his men have discarded the “War on Terror” in favor of “overseas contingency operations.” Ever heard of it? Think you will remember it? Wars have become “crimes.” Major Hasan committed a “crime against our nation,” said the President.” The President talks about “success” not “winning” such a battle against crime. Apparently we can lose this war on crime and still experience success. It isn’t winning that counts, it’s how you play the game.

History has a way of burying this child’s play. The Soldiers and Sailors Memorial arch in Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn, isn’t dedicated to “success” but to the victory of the Union Army in the Civil War. Soldiers do not charge up the hill in the teeth of enemy fire for the cause of overseas contingency operations. They fight for gold, love, country, their fellow soldiers. They do not fight for diversity.

The President and his men do not understand anger in war. The U.S. was angry at Japan after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Americans said impolitic things like “A good Jap is a dead Jap.” Anger fueled the long trek across Europe and the Pacific that culminated in victory and a new age. More men died in single battles in World War II than all the losses in Iraq and Afghanistan to date.

The 800 pound gorilla reminds us of history. It advises us to think clearly and speak honestly, to call a spade a spade. It might appear friendly and benign in TV commercials, but it has the strength to thump us pretty hard if we ignore it.

By Hudson Owen. All Rights Reserved.

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