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A statue of the Greek goddess Hebe, goddess of youth and happiness, is backlit by sun streaming through yellow leaves in front of the Crawford County Courthouse in Van Buren.

Autumn continues in its beauty despite all the ugliness in the world.

The murderous rampage at Fort Hood this past Thursday, committed by an Islamist Army officer who had made his hatred of our country quite apparent, is a stark reminder that we have enemies in our midst who take advantage of the freedom and opportunities our country offers in order to plan and carry out their jihadist attacks.

The response by the media and the political elite to the horrific terror attack on our nations Best class of American was unfortunately, quite predictable.

President Obama, who quickly jumped to conclusions when his friend, Henry Louis Gates was arrested by a white law officer, instructed his shocked fellow Americans to not jump to conclusions about the killing and the killer.

Jules Crittendon suggests that purple hearts should be awarded to the dead and wounded at Fort Hood because they were attacked by a a traitor who should be charged with desertion, treason and terrorism charges. (as well as murder)

Is any of the above very likely to be offically recognized? No. No matter what is learned about his motivation, in all likelihood he will be treated as a murder defendant in either a civilian or a military court … possibly with an insanity or bullying defense such as we’re already seeing explored on his behalf … rather than as a committed jihadi, an unlawful combatant, a terrorist, a deserter who aided and abetted the enemy, and a traitor who took up arms against his nation. It’s a push Republican lawmakers and those Democrats who agree could take up, that would command a lot of public support. Politicization of justice? Tell me that hasn’t happened already in this country. I’d call it a simple demand for justice. We owe it to the dead and the wounded to acknowledge why and under what circumstances they died and bled.

Kevin McCullough at Townhall.com writes about Obama’s apathetic response to the terror at Fort Hood.

In his remarks President Obama called for everyone to remain calm and to not jump to conclusions about the cause, rationale, and motivation behind the shooting incident.

Evidently what President Obama meant was for the average American to disengage their mind from the truth his lying eyes and ears easily showed them.

Within the hour Stephen Hayes reported on “the panel” on Fox News’ Special Report that sources inside the Obama administration’s FBI leadership had confirmed that the investigation was not to be giving any discussion to the possible merits of connecting the shooting at Ft. Hood to terrorism.

Incredible…

The news media immediately sought out the relatives of Major Nidal Malik Hasan to get their response and it was typical. Hasan was a gentle soul said his cousin. He had been harrassed by his fellow soldiers said his aunt.

Hence, the template: America is to blame. We can’t be trusted to come to our own conclusions.

The New York Times followed the template like a ballet dancer practicing her choreography.

Soldiers are violent and the violence they commit in the name of their country can cause their minds to snap. So says Erica Goode of the New York Times.

There is no evidence of terror says the Times.

None at all. Just a shortage of therapists, saith the shriveled old gray lady.

Evan Thomas didn’t express his outrage over the domestic terrorism at Fort Hood, instead he was more concerned that the killer is a Muslim and the right wing will be inflamed.

CAIR brought up the rear.

On Thursday night, CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad told a news conference the alleged Fort Hood attacker’s motive remained unknown.

“We urge all Americans to remain calm in reaction to this tragic event and to demonstrate once again what is best about America — our nation’s ability to remain unified even in times of crisis,” Awad said. “We urge national political and religious leaders and media professionals to set a tone of calm and unity.

“Unfortunately, based on past experience, we also urge American Muslims, and those who may be perceived to be Muslim, to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves, their families and their religious institutions from possible backlash.” (Rantburg)

J.R. Dunn at the American Thinker explains the role the left has played in our war on terror.

Here is an excerpt:

We know where it led to. We have reached the point where successful programs are being abandoned, where national defense has taken a back seat, and where decent men out to protect their homes and fellow citizens are being targeted for legal sanction. The left has gained a shoddy and partial triumph. Though they could not destroy the despised Bush administration or throw away Iraq, they have the consolation prize of shutting down all those evil programs and betraying the people of Afghanistan. No fall of Saigon or Watergate this time around, but they’ll make do.

Michelle Malkin asks, “Why do we have to read British papers to get Ft. Hood jihadist news?!”

How odd that the U.S. military and the lame stream media haven’t picked up on this very telling fact.

Report: Hasan attended same radical mosque as 9/11 hijackers;

Yet another British publication tells us what the American media will not.

Except Fox.

Sadly, there hasn’t been much news coverage of those killed and injured at Fort Hood. The names were just released by the Department of Defense yesterday but Fox News has a piece on the Americans who were killed.

Crickets chirp at MSNBC.

Nothing here either.

If you look really hard you can find the list at ABC.

Ditto, CBS.

Fort Hood’s Deceased

The fatal victims of the Ft. Hood shooting, as released by the Department of Defense on Saturday

* 1. Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55, Havre de Grace, MD
* 2. Maj. Libardo Caraveo, 52, Woodbridge, VA
* 3. Cpt. John P. Gaffaney, 54, San Diego, CA
* 4. Cpt. Russell Seager, 41, Racine, WI
* 5. Staff Sgt. Justin Decrow, 32, Plymouth, IN
* 6. Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, Kiel, WI
* 7. Spc. Jason Hunt, 22, Tillman, OK
* 8. Spc. Frederick Greene, 29, Mountain City, TN
* 9. PFC Aaron Nemelka, 19, West Jordan, UT
* 10. PFC Michael Pearson, 22, Bolingbrook, IL
* 11. PFC Kham Xiong, 23, St. Paul, MN
* 12. Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21, Chicago, IL
* 13. Michael G. Cahill, Cameron, TX [civilian]

Associated Press list of victims.

My thoughts and prayers are with all the soldiers and families of the dead and the wounded.