Friday, November 6, 2009

Tragedy at Fort Hood


There are so many things that are just plain wrong with the mass murder at Ft. Hood that one can hardly begin an accounting.

For some shell-shocked soldiers seeking help at the treatment center, "it was like being back in Iraq" and even a place of healing, stateside, becomes a war zone.

Mikey Weinstein at Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) claims that Dr. Nidal M. Hasan, the alleged killer of 13 and assailant of 30 others, was being persecuted for his Muslim faith (not that murdering 13 and wounding another 30 is a valid response to religious persecution.).

This will give bigoted wingnuts like Ann Coulter, people who already look at Muslims as "a car-burning cult", fresh ammunition, if you'll pardon the phrase.

And our involvement in Afghanistan is allegedly the reason why a psychiatrist, of all people, decided to produce 43 casualties.

If you're a praying person, say a prayer for these poor 43 people, especially the surviving relatives of the 13 slain. If not, shake your head sadly and revere the memories of these people who chose to put their lives in possible jeopardy to keep us safe.

Because who would think that their lives would be put in jeopardy just in the act of seeking medical help and from one of the people who'd ordinarily provide it?

4 Comments:

At November 6, 2009 at 8:06 PM, Blogger Literary Dreamer said...

This shooting should disturb people very deeply. While murder is never justified, one must ask why a psychiatrist felt justified in shooting and killing soldiers and civilians at Fort Hood. Everyone has a breaking point, but what breaking point must have been reached for a doctor to murder others?

 
At November 6, 2009 at 9:01 PM, Blogger daveawayfromhome said...

They talked to a army psychiatrist on NPR today, and apparently the doctors, who have to deal with stressed-out soldiers, are themselves extremely stressed by their job. Add to that the usual harassment of muslims, then factor in his own disapproval of the war and you may have some of the reason behind his snapping. Not an excuse, but a reason, perhaps.

One thing I noted; it sounds like the response was pretty swift and professional, like you would expect soldiers to react, whether at home or on a battlefield. So there's that, at least. Had this happened in a civilian area, it may have been much worse.

 
At November 7, 2009 at 12:26 AM, Blogger cosmiccowboy said...

Interesting none of you make any mention at all of the victims or their familys.Or that this guy was yelling "God is great" as he was shooting.Hell ,maybe he was spanked as a child or some other kid called him fatty.Poor guy,he sure had a reason.

 
At November 7, 2009 at 12:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Boy, you guys still believe the corporate media. I have to laugh.

Just like Lee Harvey Oswald, they found the single shooter and captured him and, oh, he's a Muslim.

I smell false flag. What about the initial reports of more than one shooter? This stinks.

 

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