Monday, November 16, 2009

Code Pink Fundraisers Have Lost Their Frikkin' MInds, And Any Sense Of Decency

Let me just warn you now. If you are drinking or eating anything as you read this, you might want to stop. This article is disturbing on so many levels, but even more, it is infuriating at the way in which it paints Major Hasan, the alleged mass murderer. This is way beyond the pale in just plain human decency, much less the manner in which they are using this horrific traedy. The headline pretty much says it all, Obama Ally Code Pink Justifies Fort Hood Terrorist Attack, Cashes in on Massacre in Veterans Day Fundraising Appeal. Yes, you read that right, and no, it is nor hyperbole:
Following on the heels of their macabre Afghan war protest at a White House Halloween party that targeted children of military families for psychological abuse, leftist Obama ally Code Pink issued a statement justifying the terrorist attack at Fort Hood as opposition to the war from officers and put out a Veterans Day appeal seeking to raise money off the Fort Hood terrorist attack.

Signed by top Obama funder Jodie Evans, the appeal was published at Code Pink’s website on Veterans Day and sent out the same day to the group’s e-mail list. The terrorist attack at Fort Hood is cited three times in the fundraising letter.

As appalling as cashing in on the mass murder of 14 innocents is, Code Pink tops that by invoking sympathy for the alleged terrorist as a reason to give money to Code Pink–even putting his act of terrorism on the same moral plane as the recent protest resignation of a former officer who left his diplomatic post in Afghanistan over Obama’s war policy:

“This Veteran’s Day, you can support Under the Hood and the soldiers who walk through their doors with a cash or in-kind donation…

“Click here to see how else you can support Under the Hood (in-kind donations accepted too).

“Our soldiers clearly need more care; the last thing they need is to be put into more harm’s way. Even US military officers think so–Matthew Hoh resigned from the Foreign Service in protest of the lack of clear mission and achievable results in Afghanistan, and of course the Ft. Hood shooter was a Major who did not wish to be deployed to Afghanistan.”


Think about that. Code Pink says a mass murder terrorist act against unarmed soldiers is the moral equivalance (sic) of a protest resignation.

I don't know about you, but this is disgusting. I don't know how else to categorize it. It is disgusting to equate one man's respectful resignation to another man's alleged mass murder. What the hell is WRONG with these people?? If only it stopped there:
Code Pink is even more direct in their justification for the terrorist attack allegedly by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan in a statement posted to their website that they encourage opponents of America in Afghanistan to send to President Obama:

The recent shootings at Ft. Hood and the resignation of top Foreign Service officer Matthew Hoh demonstrate how even our military officers are opposed to US strategy in Afghanistan.

Code Pink claims the money will be used to fund a campaign operated out of a coffee shop near Fort Hood called Under the Hood that preys on soldiers and their families. However, the donation link goes to Code Pink’s fundraising page and not to Under the Hood’s website. Note, fundraising links in this story are deliberately not active.

This is some organization with which Obama has aligned himself, isn't it? I am just thoroughly disgusted. TO read the rest of the story, which includes more about "Under the Hood," the relationship between Obama and Jodie Evans, and additional articles about Code Pink, please click HERE. Disturbing, just disturbing.

And it makes this Krauthammer piece that much more salient, Explaining Away Mass Murder. Indeed That is exactly what the Code Pink fudnraisers are doing with their despicable fundraising efforts:
-- What a surprise -- that someone who shouts "Allahu Akbar" (the "God is great" jihadist battle cry) as he is shooting up a room of American soldiers might have Islamist motives. It certainly was a surprise to the mainstream media, which spent the weekend after the Fort Hood massacre downplaying Nidal Hasan's religious beliefs.

"I cringe that he's a Muslim. ... I think he's probably just a nut case," said Newsweek's Evan Thomas. Some were more adamant. Time's Joe Klein decried "odious attempts by Jewish extremists ... to argue that the massacre perpetrated by Nidal Hasan was somehow a direct consequence of his Islamic beliefs." While none could match Klein's peculiar cherchez-le-juif motif, the popular story line was of an Army psychiatrist driven over the edge by terrible stories he had heard from soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Uh huh. And why is it that someone can't be nuts AND a terrorist? Many people would see those words as not being the least bit contradictory when used in conjunction. Oops - silly me - inserting logic into that ridiculous argument:
They suffered. He listened. He snapped.

Really? What about the doctors and nurses, the counselors and physical therapists at Walter Reed Army Medical Center who every day hear and live with the pain and the suffering of returning soldiers? How many of them then picked up a gun and shot 51 innocents?

And what about civilian psychiatrists -- not the Upper West Side therapist treating Woody Allen neurotics, but the thousands of doctors working with hospitalized psychotics -- who every day hear not just tales but cries of the most excruciating anguish, of the most unimaginable torment? How many of those doctors commit mass murder?

It's been decades since I practiced psychiatry. Perhaps I missed the epidemic.

But, of course, if the shooter is named Nidal Hasan, whom National Public Radio reported had been trying to proselytize doctors and patients, then something must be found. Presto! Secondary post-traumatic stress disorder, a handy invention to allow one to ignore the obvious.

And the perfect moral finesse. Medicalizing mass murder not only exonerates. It turns the murderer into a victim, indeed a sympathetic one. After all, secondary PTSD, for those who believe in it (you won't find it in DSM-IV-TR, psychiatry's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual), is known as "compassion fatigue." The poor man -- pushed over the edge by an excess of sensitivity.

I wonder if Dr. Krauthammer would pay a visit to the entire fundraising staff, Obama's allies, at Code Pink? Now THAT would be a visit I'd like to see, especially since Dr. Krauthammer, like me, thinks this is, well, in my word, obscene:
Have we totally lost our moral bearings? Nidal Hasan (allegedly) cold-bloodedly killed 13 innocent people. In such cases, political correctness is not just an abomination. It's a danger, clear and present.

Consider the Army's treatment of Hasan's previous behavior. NPR's Daniel Zwerdling interviewed a Hasan colleague at Walter Reed about a hair-raising Grand Rounds that Hasan had apparently given. Grand Rounds are the most serious academic event at a teaching hospital -- attending physicians, residents and students gather for a lecture on an instructive case history or therapeutic finding.

I've been to dozens of these. In fact, I gave one myself on post-traumatic retrograde amnesia -- as you can see, these lectures are fairly technical. Not Hasan's. His was an hour-long disquisition on what he called the Koranic view of military service, jihad and war. It included an allegedly authoritative elaboration of the punishments visited upon nonbelievers -- consignment to hell, decapitation, having hot oil poured down your throat. This "really freaked a lot of doctors out," reported NPR.

Nor was this the only incident. "The psychiatrist," reported Zwerdling, "said that he was the kind of guy who the staff actually stood around in the hallway saying: Do you think he's a terrorist, or is he just weird?"

Was anything done about this potential danger? Of course not. Who wants to be accused of Islamophobia and prejudice against a colleague's religion?

One must not speak of such things. Not even now. Not even after we know that Hasan was in communication with a notorious Yemen-based jihad propagandist. As late as Tuesday, The New York Times was running a story on how returning soldiers at Fort Hood had a high level of violence.

So many excuses, so little relevance:
What does such violence have to do with Hasan? He was not a returning soldier. And the soldiers who returned home and shot their wives or fellow soldiers didn't cry "Allahu Akbar" as they squeezed the trigger.

The delicacy about the religion in question -- condescending, politically correct and deadly -- is nothing new. A week after the first (1993) World Trade Center attack, the same New York Times ran the following front-page headline about the arrest of one Mohammed Salameh: "Jersey City Man Is Charged in Bombing of Trade Center."

Ah yes, those Jersey men -- so resentful of New York, so prone to violence.
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Indeed. Ahem. That organizations like Code Pink are painting this mass murderer of unarmed soldiers in such a sympathetic light, and with such moral superiority, indicates just how far from our moral base we have strayed. At a time when the fallen from that massacre are being buried, for this organization to depict Hasan as nothing more than a victim of US policy, and on the same level as a distinguished war veteran and US State Department employee who resigned with integrity is simply reprehensible.

In other words, the fundraisers at Code Pink, Obama's ally, have lost their frikkin' minds. I would say they should be ashamed of themselves, but they clearly, CLEARLY, have no shame at all. And that is most disturbing of all.

One last thing, to the families and friends of those fallen, it breaks my heart that in addition to such a grievous loss, you now have to deal with such outrageous fundraising attempts by a group excusing the actions of this man, Nidal Malik Hasan. I regret that you have to even deal with such additional lunacy an disrespect at this very difficult time. My heart and prayers go out to you all.

12 comments:

SFIndie said...

Code Pink is unbelievable, absofuckinglutely unbelievable. I'd like to get a list of all the people who support them, financially or otherwise. As far as I'm concerned, they should all be thrown in jail for treasonous acts against the U.S. Yep, that includes our Wimp in Chief.

It's bad enough using the murders - not alleged murders, but actual murders - of 14 people to get money. But to try to paint the murderer - again, not alleged murderer, the actual murderer - as some poor guy who just snapped because he didn't want to go to Afghanistan is an insult to every soldier who has, does, and will serve this country, and to every member of their family.

I'm livid, just livid. Code Pink members and supporters are the lowest form of human being that exists, they are as bad as the terrorists themselves.

Disgraceful.

Mary Ellen said...

Of course, I'm never surprised by the low-life thugs who Obama aligns himself with.

I never was a fan of the Code Pink crowd. I think they're all nuts. And of course, the media has been doing back flips trying to make excuses for and defend Nidal Hasan. It's the same reason why they, the Obama media, won't comment on Obama's choices of appointing two devout Muslims to Homeland Security posts back in June. If Hillary had done that if she were President, the Progressives would be up in arms.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

SF, your response was identical to the response by both my partner and me. It is beyond shocking for them to excuse Hasan's behavior, and tarnish the brave men and women who serve in our military. It really is obscene.

What they did to the kids at Halloween is horrible, too. It really makes you wonder abt people like that. What is WRONG with them??

And if you get a chance to read the rest of that piece, Obama definitely has connections to this group. Simply appalling.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

ME, I hear you - I guess I shouldn't be surprised, either. But yet, I am surprised by the depths to which these people sink. Excusing Hasan?? Using him to raise money, not for veterans, or the families of those shot, but this organization that treats them with such callous disregard?? They should be ashamed...

Oh you know, if Hillary did 1/100th of the crap Obama pulls, they would be attacking her left and right, no doubt abt it.

It's like this whole bow thing - when Bill slightly nodded his head, the NY Times REAMED him. Obama makes an 90 degree bow and nothing...Pathetic.

Mary Ellen said...

It's like this whole bow thing - when Bill slightly nodded his head, the NY Times REAMED him. Obama makes an 90 degree bow and nothing...Pathetic.

Obama wasn't bowing,he was looking as his reflection in the Emperor's shoes. Obama loves his reflection!
in the comments on Uppity Woman's blog...

"Thomas Lifson, who lived in Japan for years and taught hundreds of foreign executives the right way to bow, agreed that — regardless of any political subtext — Obama’s combination low-bow/handshake was a mess.

It “violates a fundamental precept: NO TOUCHING while bowing,” Lifson wrote for the American Thinker blog.

He also noted that Emperor Akihito had a big smile on his face as Obama bowed.

“That’s pretty much polite Japanese for ‘falling down laughing,’” Lifson explained."

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

AHahahahaha - that is funny, Mary Ellen! Or it would be, if it wasn't so plausible!

Thanks for the info from Lifson via Uppity (she is so awesome!). I had understood, too, it was one or the other, not both at the same time, and CERTAINLY not that low of a bow, either.

I have no doubt the Emperor and Empress had something to talk abt that night after they were alone - do you think they fell down laughing THEN??

Mary Ellen said...

Rev.Amy- They were probably doing the Obama bow at each other all night, laughing their butts off.

I wish I had more talent,I'd love to do a YouTube with Obama bowing to music.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

I know, right? On both counts, come to think of it! :-D I am sure some enterprising person will get it done!

Logistics Monster said...

You Have Got To Be Kidding Me!!! I am linking to this.

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Oh, how I wish I was, LM...Isn't it disturbing? What is wrong with these people???

And thanks, friend!

nazareth priest said...

This whole event/disaster is unbelievably beyond the realm of understanding (is that an oxymoron?)
This whole racism thing, as well
as RATIONALIZING how those in the government who what was going on totally screwed up, big time, in dealing with this kook that killed these unarmed people is a disgrace and a crime.
If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, sounds like a duck, smells like a duck, well, it usually IS A DUCK!!

Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy said...

Absolutely right, Nazareth Priest - it is just unfathomable how some people/organizations are trying to re-frame what actually happened, or worse, to EXCUSE the behavior of this terrorist. Just shocking...

And now, Obama wants Congress to put off its investigation. Huh - wonder why??