America once again awoke over the weekend; to another sneak attack by a Saudi terrorist, disguised as an ally. Mohammed Alshamrani, a 21-year-old 2nd lieutenant in the Royal Saudi Air Force who was a student naval flight officer of Naval Aviation Schools Command, suddenly opened fired with his smuggled handgun taking the lives of three and wounding eight other young Sailors.
The Navy on Saturday identified the three victims of the NAS Pensacola shooting in Florida, as Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, of Coffee, Ala. Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, of St. Petersburg, Fla. and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill, Ga.
In a brief statement by a Navy chief of information officer describing the moment, Muslim terrorist Alshamrani began his murderous rampage, “The sailors that lost their lives in the line of duty showed exceptional heroism and bravery in the face of evil.”
Adding, “When confronted, they didn’t run from danger; they ran towards it and saved lives. If not for their actions, and the actions of the Naval Security Force that were the first responders on the scene, this incident could have been far worse.”
Another deadly shooting incident only days before at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii prompted an advisory Friday evening from Commander, U.S. Northern Command, hours after the carnage at Pensacola.
However, unlike most mass shootings, this one could have been avoided, simply by denying foreign nationals access on American military bases.
Simply put, would America have welcomed Japanese personal or those with Japanese lineage on U.S. military bases after December 7th, 1941? Sounds insane right?
However consider this, 15 of the 19 hijackers who flew two jet-fueled missiles into the World Trade Center were Saudi Nationals.
Likewise, the Fort Hood shooter Major Nidal Malik Hasan, although born in America, investigators discovered after the bloodbath he was a devote Muslim, who dressed in traditional Arab garb and harbored a hatred for America, after a perceived slight.
A former colleague, Col Terry Lee, said Hasan had fallen out with other soldiers on the base. He claimed that Hasan said he was “happy” when a US soldier was killed in an attack on a military recruitment center in Arkansas.
That massacre left 13 dead and another 30 wounded some with debilitating life-long injuries.
The shootings took place in the ‘soldier readiness center’, a former sports dome, where soldiers are sent for final checks before being sent overseas. As well as soldiers about to be deployed, those returning and undergoing medical screening would have also been there.
This recent incident in Pensacola Florida on the heels of the London Bridge attack simply reaffirms once again America (unlike other conflicts), is in a generational war with a radical Islamic ideology that will continue these murderous operations against American interests, for countless decades to come.
Moreover while the Defense Department, along with President Trump continues to support the Saudi régime, because of mutual strategic interests, one thing is crystal clear, this is a dubious ally that needs to be carefully watched, in that this terrorist was a member of the Saudi military, given special military clearance by the régime, the same régime accused of murdering prominent journalist and leading critic Jamal Khashoggi, within a Saudi Arabian Embassy in Istanbul, Turkey.
Thus far 6 Saudi Nationals have been implicated in the attack. According to Fox News Alshamrani held a dinner party days before the massacre along with the 6 viewing videos of mass shootings, and posting hours before the carnage a manifesto denouncing America.
Today, precaution dictates that we should no longer allow foreign nationals on America’s military bases, especially from the Middle East. It’s simply a bad idea. Moreover with today’s advanced technology, such as worldwide video conferencing, online training similar to that deployed by online institutions and colleges, the risk of having a character like Alshamrani physically on a military base, lessons the likelihood of a potential terrorist attack.