Flashback: Ft. Hood’s Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Hammond and the Koran Sniper

From Diana West

0iraq.quran.cnn1 So we overlook the obvious, the Muslim-ness of the suspect. the jihadism of the act. Soon, the apoiogies will start — and to [the shooter] Hasan.

Speaking of apologies, back to the Ft. Hood backstory of Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Hammond (photo at the top). Until quite recently, MG Hammond was the commander of the 4th Infantry Division at Ft. Hood, someone you could describe as Mr. Muslim Outreach.

Turns out, I’ve written about Hammond before in connection with the Koran sniper incident of May 2008. Back then, as commander in Baghdad, he apologized profusely and abjectly for a soldier’s use of a Koran for target practice before ordering an American officer to kiss a brand new replacement Koran and present it with deepest reverence to “tribal elders.”

As CNN reported at the time:

“I come before you here seeking your forgiveness,” Hammond said to tribal leaders and others at the apology ceremony. “In the most humble manner I look in your eyes today and I say please forgive me and my soldiers.”

Another military official kissed a Quran and presented it as “a humble gift” to the tribal leaders.

Bottom line: MG Hammond may have abased himself over a copy of the blueprint for jihad while in Iraq, but… Read More

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