In the hours after the horrific news broke that a madman, Nidal Hasan, had gone on a killing spree at the US Army's huge base at Ft. Hood, Texas, killing 13 people and wounding 30 more, the first question on my mind was whether this was part of a terrorist conspiracy.
Back in the Good Old Days of the Bush Administration - in an investigation that began in 2006 and resulted in terrorism arrests in 2007, America broke up a plot to do similar damage at Ft. Dix, New Jersey. Five muslim terrorists have been convicted in that case and now are in federal prison.
Then, in Little Rock, Arkansas last summer police arrested Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad -- a 24-year-old Little Rock resident formerly known as Carlos Bledsoe -- on a first-degree murder charge and 15 counts of engaging in a terrorist act after killing one solider and wounding another at an Army recruiting station.
So it is reasonable to ask if yesterday's attack is another piece of a hidden puzzle.
That question has not been answered yet, even though the FBI rushed out with a "no-terrorism link" statement even before the extent of the carnage was fully documented. Then President Obama pulled a horribly ill-advised press conference, ostensibly to give us a measure of calm assurance.
But it started out with the commander-in-chief commenting at length on the successful conclusion of an Interior Department conference, to extended cheering and clapping from members of the audience. This while Ft. Hood personnel were still assessing the extent of the rampage.
So the "all is well" posing didn't convince me of anything except there was an immediate overreaction to assure us that this was not the work of another terrorist expressing hatred for the United States.
What we have found out since is that this was indeed another incident of hatred for the United States. In this case the shooter decided to act against military personnel in this country, at a military facility. In this case the alleged shooter was a disaffected Army officer who had immediate access to his victims.
A FOX News interview yesterday with a retired Army Colonel who had worked with the alleged terrorist gave us extensive insight into the mind of the shooter. I have posted a You Tube video of the interview here for your perusal.
Further interviews revealed that Hasan went into the military against his parents wishes, and had been bad mouthing his country over the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan for years. He apparently is of the mindset that if we just left the Taliban and Al Qaeda alone they wouldn't bother us.
Which means he is either delusional or he didn't read about more than 30 years of terrorist attacks on the US, including the 9-11 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C.
We are supposed to believe this guy went on a rampage because he was harassed for arguing with fellow officers over the War on Terror, and that his mind snapped because as a military psychiatrist he heard horrific things from people who actually served in combat.
I guess his lawyers will claim Post Traumatic Stress By Proxy. What a crock. This guy was in the Army for 10 years, and got bad performance reviews. His entire history in the military is shaping up to be anti-American.
More information is coming out all the time and none of it is good. The shooter didn't die as originally reported and it is now likely that he will stand trial for his actions.
Sympathy for the devil will not be a factor in public opinion, nor in a jury's opinion either. And yes, he should go to trial, not be squirreled away in some insane asylum where we can never learn what really was behind this tragedy and travesty.
Friday, November 06, 2009