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Like Columbine, like the D.C. sniper case, the tragic killing spree Thursday at Ft. Hood defies explanation. There really are no answers.
Major Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 and wounded over 30 other soldiers and civilians in a crazed act of violence.
Unfortunately, the fact that Hasan was a Muslim will give cause to the American wingnut fringe to further discriminate against American Muslims.
I'm sure that Hasan's wicked act will lead some Republicans, who are already beating the drum to open an investigation into CAIR for allegedly secretly installing Muslim spy-interns in Congress, to embarass themselves and the nation by making wildly irresponsible comments about this terrible tragedy. But I suppose that's to be expected.
Hasan had been harassed because of his Muslim faith....but was not an extremist.
Hasan denounced the war on terror as a war on Islam.
Hasan shouted "Allahu Akbar" before opening fire on Thursday.
Law enforcement officials said they are trying to confirm if Hasan wrote Internet postings that include his name about suicide bombings and other threats, equating suicide bombers to soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the life of fellow soldiers. Link
There's still no confirmation that Hasan wrote the internet posting cited. I would also add that if Hasan actually said that suicide bombers find some equivalency with soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the life of fellow soldiers.......that isn't all that radical.
Hasan is a 39 year old Army psychiatrist who counseled soldiers returning from American wars in the middle east region.
Hasan is unmarried, kept to himself, and was not outspoken.
Hasan wanted out of the Army and had hired a lawyer to assist him in that effort. Hasan was willing to repay the government for the cost of his medical training.
Hasan was about to be deployed to either Iraq or Afghanistan. He had made several personal farewells to the few people he regularly came in contact with.
His family members have openly denounced Hasan's despicable action.
Why did Hasan do what he did? I don't think there's any answer.
No question, Hasan did not want to go to Iraq or Afghanistan. Did he choose to slaughter other soldiers so he would be incarcerated, preventing him from being deployed? Did he expect to be killed in the violence he precipitated? Was he taking out his frustrations on being harassed as a Muslim... on fellow soldiers?
Mainstream media, to it's credit thus far, hasn't gone off the deep edge on this story. I'm positive that FOX will groundswell this tragedy into yet another wingnut meme, if they aren't doing so already......but I don't think that's appropriate for the situation and, for sure, it won't be helpful.
My personal opinion at this point is that this Army psychiatrist, outwardly calm and under control, inwardly was suffering from sever mental illness....the kind that is so unpredictable, and often results in bloodbaths of horrendous proportion.