The Plum Line’s Greg Sargent points to a new Rasmussen poll showing that 57 percent of the American public is “concerned” that “the shooting at Fort Hood will prompt a backlash against Muslims serving in the military.” From the poll:
How concerned are you that the shooting at Fort Hood will prompt a backlash against Muslims serving in the military- very concerned, somewhat concerned, not very concerned, not at all concerned?
23% Very concerned
34% Somewhat concerned
29% Not very concerned
11% Not at all concerned
2% Not sure
On Sunday, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey also said he was concerned that the actions of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan may “cause a backlash” against Muslim soldiers, and Homeland Security Janet Napolitano warned against an “anti-Muslim sentiment.” Nevertheless, last night on Fox News, Bill O’Reilly said that it was good to try to win the hearts and minds of Muslims — but only because the U.S. can’t kill them all. “Barack Obama wants to win hearts and minds in the Middle East and in the Muslim world, which is a good thing,” said O’Reilly. “And you know that, as a soldier, we can’t kill all the Muslims. So we want to win as many hearts and minds of good, moderate Muslims as we can.”