As you’ve heard, yesterday afternoon, tragedy struck the largest United States military base on our soil. 13 soldiers were killed, and 30 wounded when an Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on a Soldier Readiness Center for troops preparing for deployment. It has been reported that Hasan was being deployed overseas, which he was strongly against. Despite having multiple chances to leave active duty in 20 plus years of service, receiving a top notch education through our military, and earning a ranking higher than about 95% of our service men and women – Hasan did not feel it was his duty to repay his debt when asked by his commanders. Rather than finding a reasonable solution, Hasan was a coward. Not even a righteous coward, he was willing to kill his fellow countrymen because he couldn’t even kill himself. Luckily his wishes were not granted – because those families grieving can now get answers – despite four gunshot wounds he is now in stable condition and can be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
There will still be a lot of investigation into the events of the past day. I don’t feel comfortable now suspecting what were his full motives and if he was acting alone. Needless to stay he was a disturbed individual and not a “good American” as his cousin so loosely proclaims.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of those lost, wounded, and affected at Fort Hood.
Here are a few links to live updates and articles related to the massacre:
New York Times blog with live updates. Lots of great links – The Lede: New York Times News Blog
Article reporting on the events of the Fort Hood Massacre – Fox News
Sympathetic article about Hasan in today’s New York Times – New York Times
The massacre was also the lead story over in the United Kingdom – The Telegraph
An intriguing video that I cannot embed, Brian & Pete Williams of NBC Nightly News describing the accused shooter every way possible without saying ‘Muslim’ – Hulu
Video of Shep Smith interviewing Hasan’s cousin yesterday evening: