Are we committing cultural suicide? Let's call a spade a spade:
Political correctness will be the death of Western civilization because unlike our earlier forms of pluralistic tolerance, PC is wilfully blind to the lack of reciprocal tolerance in other cultures. Indeed, the more others hate us, the more PC denies their hatred.
The most disturbing aspect of last week's Fort Hood shootings -- aside from the horrendous loss of life, of course -- has been the triumph of political correctness in the analysis of Maj. Nadil Hasan's motives. Many "experts" have assiduously avoided the obvious cause: Hasan's fundamentalist, radicalized Muslim views.
A man runs into a room of unarmed people and starts firing away while shouting " Allahu Akbar" ( "Allah is Great"). He has had frequent arguments -- many of them extremely heated -- with several fellow officers in recent years over the alleged stupidity and immorality of the West's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He expressed public agreement with the Koran's exhortations to kill infidels, justified suicide bombings, attended a radical Virginia mosque, sought permission from superiors to have Muslim-American soldiers exempted from service in Middle Eastern wars and, among other things, attempted to make contact with al-Qaeda recruiters.
Some of the nicest people I have met are Muslims. They truly live a quiet moral life. They deserve our trust as long as they respect our laws. That's all we ask from every Canadian, respect our laws. It's easy, don't break our laws and you can live in our beautiful country without fear.