06NOV09 Can you blame them for loss of trust?
Is it a terrorist act, or just an angry Army Psychiatrist who happens to be Moslem getting mad and going of the deep end when faced with his first deployment orders to a war he opposes? His Imam is at a loss, as he never showed any radical tendencies at the mosque; his co-workers are pretty shocked that his stress led him this way; and there are many of those whom are his victims who were re-deploying home and heard the words they heard far too often “Allah Ackbar” as he began to open fire on them:
“Soldiers reported that the gunman shouted "Allahu Akbar!" — an Arabic phrase for "God is great!" — before opening fire, said Lt. Gen. Robert Cone, the base commander. He said officials had not yet confirmed that Hasan made the comment.”
As the investigation continues, I'm sure we'll get a clearer profile on the path that led Maj. Hasan to the path of violence against his fellow soldiers. Clearly, trust has been violated in an extremely grave manner here. You have a Psychiatrist entrusted with helping soldiers through times like this in their own lives; who is also Moslem and opposed to the war. This will cause further suspicion that has existed for a very long time, and honestly you can't blame the soldiers for being suspicious anymore. They've never trusted psychiatrists, and since 9/11/01 have been cautious about Islam with good reason; now they hear one of their own turned and killed 13 of their own at Ft. Hood while while allegedly screaming “Allah Akbar” like a common terrorist. Can you blame them for lack of trust?
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