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Friday, November 27, 2009

Fort Hood shooting thought

The man who killed 13 and wounded 30 others at Fort Hood on November 5, 2009, Maj. Nidal Hasan, would have been on his way to Afghanistan tomorrow morning.

He was born and raised and educated on American soil. He served in the U.S. Army for what... over 20 years? And served well. He was an American. He was also a Muslim. He didn't want to go to Afghanistan to fight, and possibly kill, his fellow Muslims.

All of us, at that moment and the days after, who didn't want to believe his actions on that day at Fort Hood were religiously or idealistically motivated, have now been thoroughly convinced otherwise.

For all the talk about Hasan, there's something I'm not hearing anyone talking about. And that is, why was this about religion or Islam or Muslims for him. We as a country, from both presidents on down the line, have always said this war is not about religion. I am not making excuses for what he did. Not at all. No way. But somehow he got it in his head that it is about religion.

Posted by Marie at November 27, 2009 11:02 PM

Comments

As a psychiatrist, I doubt he was going to see much combat so the chance of him killing anyone that wasn't trying to kill him was fairly small.

Posted by: Rob Author Profile Page at November 29, 2009 11:55 AM

True, in the literal sense. But not necessarily so in the military sense.

Posted by: Marie Carnes Author Profile Page at November 29, 2009 8:27 PM