Terror comes too cheap

November 5, 2009

Hasan at 7-11

Muslim terrorist Nidal Malik Hasan incurred no significant expenses (not even his life, since that was worthless) before he killed 12 and wounded 31 today in a treasonous attack on fellow soldiers at Ft. Hood, Texas.

According to Reuters, Hasan used two handguns in his assault.  We don’t know the makes or models of the firearms yet, but I would speculate that they set him back only a few hundred dollars apiece.  The ammunition would have cost chicken scratch.

As a major in the United States Army, Hasan was drawing O-4 pay.  Military pay is based on rank and time in service, and the AP reported that Hasan has served at least six years.  A quick review of the military’s pay chart for 2009 shows that Hasan would have been earning over $60,000 a year, easily enough to buy for handguns, ammunition, any training he needed, and firing range fees.

This is not to rule out the possibility that he received help, instructions, or material support from others, but it highlights the modern reality that grave damage can be inflicted with minimum financial resources.

According to the 9/11 Commission Report, “The 9/11 plotters eventually spent somewhere between $400,000 and $500,000 to plan and conduct their attack” (p. 169 in my copy).  That was less than half a million dollars to kill over 3,000 people.  And Hasan spent maybe $1,000 to kill twelve.

By designating terrorist financiers, freezing terrorist assets, divesting from the Middle East, we can theoretically drain the terrorists’ financial swamp dry.  But even without much money, jihad guarantees (with apologies to Michael Crichton) that “death finds a way.”


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