JERUSALEM — Terrorism is not a belief but instead is a response to despair and a lack of hope, argued Chuck Hagel in unreported remarks during a 2007 senate hearing.
“But when people have no hope, when there’s despair, little else matters,” said Hagel.
He continued: “And this is not about terrorists don’t like freedom. Tell that to the Palestinian people who have been chained down for many, many years. Terrorism is not a strategy, it’s a tactic. Terrorism is not a plan. It’s not a belief like democracy or monarchy. It’s a tactic.”
Hagel was speaking during a January 24, 2007 Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on Iraq.
His comments were captured in this CSPAN video.
Hagel’s views on terrorism are not abnormal for the Obama administration.
John Brennan, President Obama’s counterterror adviser, once defined them term jihad as to “purify oneself or to wage a holy struggle for a moral goal.”
Brennan is now Obama’s pick to head the CIA.
Also in largely unreported remarks, Obama himself claimed the 9-11 attacks were carried out because of a lack of “empathy” for others’ suffering on the part of al-Qaida, whose terrorist ideology “grows out of a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair.”
Obama went on to imply the September 11th attacks were in part a result of U.S. policy, lecturing the American military to minimize civilian casualties in the Middle East and urging action opposing “bigotry or discrimination directed against neighbors and friends of Middle-Eastern descent.”
“Even as I hope for some measure of peace and comfort to the bereaved families, I must also hope that we, as a nation, draw some measure of wisdom from this tragedy,” Obama wrote in a piece about 9-11 published on Sept. 19, 2001, in Chicago’s Hyde Park Herald.
The future president continued: “Certain immediate lessons are clear, and we must act upon those lessons decisively. We need to step up security at our airports. We must re-examine the effectiveness of our intelligence networks and we must be resolute in identifying the perpetrators of these heinous acts and dismantling their organizations of destruction,” wrote Obama.
“We must also engage, however, in the more difficult task of understanding the sources of such madness. The essence of this tragedy, it seems to me, derives from a fundamental absence of empathy on the part of the attackers: an inability to imagine, or connect with, the humanity or suffering of others. Such a failure of empathy, such numbness to the pain of a child or the desperation of a parent is not innate; nor, history tells us, is it unique to a particular culture, religion or ethnicity. It may find expression in a particular brand of violence, it may be channeled by particular demagogues or fanatics.
“Most often, though, it grows out a climate of poverty and ignorance, helplessness and despair.
“We will have to make sure, despite our rage, that any U.S. military action takes into account the lives of innocent civilians abroad. We will have to be unwavering in opposing bigotry or discrimination directed against neighbors and friends of Middle-Eastern descent. Finally, we will have to devote far more attention to the monumental task of raising the hopes and prospects of embittered children across the globe – children not just in the Middle East, but also in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and within our own shores.”
Obama’s piece gained little notice outside the Hyde Park Herald, which covered Obama’s district as a Chicago state senator. The Hyde Park area is heavily influenced by the Nation of Islam.
With additional research by Joshua Klein
Guest Comment: You may think that Chuck Hagel is unfit to make US Policy but for Obama - a man unfit to be the president of the USA - he is the perfect man to represent his ideas of US policy. But the truth is that Hagel is misguided about the nature of terrorists, which flies in the face of the facts. The people who attacked the US on 9/11, were almost ALL members of the upper middle class and were collage educated in the best European and American universities. Painting them as victims of oppression masks the true nature of Islam terror. Islam is at a constant war with the West and has been at that war for centuries with all those who are not under Islamic rule or are not Moslems. War is a religious imperative Moslems carry out, not a demand for freedom from oppression. Where they rule, they ARE the oppressors! Their goal is to spread Islam throughout the world and rule the world under Islamic Sharia Law. The failure to recognize this either stems from ignorance, deliberate blindness and up to aggression. Islam is an evident threat to ALL non-Moslems but there are those who ignore the unfolding based in a neurotic self-hate, or twisted [Left] ideology that would like to see the enemy of civilization [Islam] win the war they are waging against us. Such self destructive thinking and behavior however is not unique to Chuck Hagel. It is far more wide spread than one might imagine and it corrupts our policies and our ability to survive. It is what has been called, Political Correctness = LIES, a serious mental disorder that undermines our will to see the truth, yell the truth in order to survive.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Hagel: Terrorists attack because they lack hope. Defense nominee claims Palestinians ‘chained down many, many years’
Posted by GS Don Morris, Ph.D./Chana Givon at 10:16 PM