There were media reports that right before he fired (and/or while he was firing) on his comrades at Fort Hood, Palestinian-American U.S. Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan yelled “Allahu Akbar!” — Arabic for “God is great!”
I didn’t repeat those reports because officials hadn’t substantiated them — and still haven’t, to my knowledge.
Maybe Hasan did say that — or maybe some Islamophobes made it up in order to further inflame tensions between Muslims and non-Muslims and/or to minimize the apparent fact that Hasan apparently was the victim of anti-Muslim discrimination at Fort Hood; just paint him as the radical “Islamofascist,” just put all of the blame on him.
After I read this news item from today from the St. Petersberg Times’ website, I have even greater doubt that Hasan actually yelled “Allahu Akbar!”
Tampa — Marine reservist Jasen Bruce was getting clothes out of the trunk of his car Monday evening when a bearded man in a robe approached him.
That man, a [29-year-old] Greek Orthodox priest named Father Alexios Marakis, speaks little English and was lost, police said. He wanted directions.
What the priest got instead, police say, was a tire iron to the head. Then he was chased for three blocks and pinned to the ground — as the [28-year-old] Marine kept a 911 operator on the phone, saying he had captured a terrorist.
Police say Bruce offered several reasons to explain his actions:
The man tried to rob him.
The man grabbed Bruce’s crotch and made an overt sexual advance in perfect English.
The man yelled “Allahu Akbar,” Arabic for “God is great,” the same words some witnesses said the Fort Hood shooting suspect uttered last week.
“That’s what they tell you right before they blow you up,” police say Bruce told them.
Bruce ended up in jail, accused of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He was released [yesterday] on $7,500 bail. Marakis ended up at the hospital with stitches. He told the police he didn’t want to press charges, espousing biblical forgiveness…
You can read (and should read) the full story here.
This is the booking photo of the genius who reportedly told 911 that he’d captured a terrorist:
The St. Petersberg Times news story that I excerpted and linked to above notes that Bruce has a blog, and that “His blog entries tout the benefits of increasing testosterone and human growth hormones.”
I couldn’t make shit like that up. But wait; it gets better. The news story also notes: “Online photo galleries depict him flexing big muscles, wearing little clothing.”
Boy, do I feel so much safer knowing that the U.S. military is chock full of winners like Jasen Bruce, who’s all about increasing his testosterone level and posting homoerotic images of himself on the Internet for all the world to see!
Why a Greek Orthodox priest would yell “Allahu Akbar!” when he is Christian and not Muslim escapes me. But surely a member of the U.S. military, especially a white (presumably “Christian”) male, would not lie!
Will President Barack Obama, now that he’s done giving the obligatory post-massacre presidential oratory at Fort Hood, be a leader in encouraging non-Muslim and non-Arab Americans not to attack individuals who are different than they are?
Because having to live through the post-9/11 hysteria and xenophobia once was more than enough.
P.S. A Google search of “Jasen Bruce” reveals these rather revealing photos of him from a blog titled “Mad About the Boys”:
Again, I couldn’t make shit like this up…
And please excuse me, because I need to go jack off now…