To Avoid ‘Adverse Events,’ Hasan Wanted Muslim Soldiers To Be Eligible For CO Status

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November 10, 2009 5:04 am
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The Washington Post‘s Dana Priest has obtained the slides of a June 2007 lecture given by Fort Hood shootings suspect Nidal Hasan when he was a psychiatric resident at Walter Reed.

The 50-slide PowerPoint, titled “The Koranic World View As It Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military,” was designed to describe “what the Koran inculcates in the minds of Muslims and the potential implications this may have for the U.S. military.” Hasan’s final recommendation was that Muslim soldiers should be eligible for conscientious objector status “to increase troop morale and decrease adverse events.”Other staffers who attended Hasan’s talk were surprised at the topic, as the presentations were supposed to be about medical subjects.

The Post notes it’s unclear whether anyone voiced concerns about the talk to authorities. Here’s a taste of the lecture:

Under a slide titled “Comments,” he wrote: “If Muslim groups can convince Muslims that they are fighting for God against injustices of the ‘infidels’; ie: enemies of Islam, then Muslims can become a potent adversary ie: suicide bombing, etc.” [sic]

The last bullet point on that page reads simply: “We love death more then [sic] you love life!”

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