On June 1, 2009 Muslim convert, Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammed, formerly known as Carlos Bledsoe, gunned down two soldiers outside a Little Rock Army recruiting office. This action resulted in one fatality and one soldier wounded.
Five months later, November 5, 2009, Major Nidal Hassan attacked an unarmed group of soldiers at a Fort Hood deployment center. This time the death toll was far higher. After the rampage was stopped Major Hassan had killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and wounded 32 more. After a lengthy military investigation which never mentioned radical Islam or even the fact Major Hassan was a Muslim, the Army concluded this was simply another case of workplace violence.
None of the victims have to this day been awarded the Purple Heart. The Purple Heart, which dates back to the Revolutionary War, was established to honor those killed or wounded in the service of our nation. To receive this medal a person must be killed or wounded as a result of enemy action.
The 14 dead and 33 wounded from these two actions were in combat with an enemy of our nation just as much as if they had suffered these injuries in either Iraq or Afghanistan. All of the dead and wounded deserve to be awarded the Purple Heart.
Also, we need to have a clear understanding our nation is at war with radical Islam both abroad and right here in the United States. Radical Islamists know they are at war with us, whether we acknowledge the fact or not. Awarding the Purple Heart to the wounded and dead would powerfully acknowledge this indisputable fact. The battlefield is right here in the United States, our homeland.
In Hoc Signo,