Friday, November 6, 2009

VDH on the Ft. Hood Shooting

Full essay linked above.
In reaction officials and news people often opt for therapeutic exegeses—stress, often of the postraumatic sort, ill-feeling and bias shown Muslims, family problems, or brain-washing by nefarious outside actors—to explain the cold-blooded nature of the murdering…

Far more rarely, do they ever suggest that the Islamist notion abroad that America is to blame for mostly self-induced pathologies in the Islamic world mostly goes unquestioned here at home—and as a result filters down to the lone angry and violent here that there is some sort of cosmic justification that can amplify their own outrage at a sense of personal failure or setback.


Evan said...

You know, there's no evidence that he did this because he was a follower of Islam.

Other than the fact that its major point has yet to be proven, this article is right on!

Lachlan said...

Right other than the fact that he was yelling "Allahu Akbar" while firing. But right, other than that, no evidence. Oh wait, but there's that other bit, that he said a suicide bombers is "a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause." But yeah, other than that, no evidence.

Evan said...

Other than the fact that the allegation of him shouting that hasn't been confirmed, it's definitely happened.

I'm actually going to let John Cornyn do the talking:

"It is imperative that we take the time to gather all the facts, as it would be irresponsible to be the source of rumors or inaccurate information regarding such a horrific event. Once we have ascertained all the facts, working with our military leaders and law enforcement officials on the ground, we can determine what exactly happened at Fort Hood today and how to prevent something like this from ever happening again."

What he did was obviously horrible but it's a real shame that because he is a Muslim we just assume that he's this evil terrorist person and not somebody who just snapped. It's irresponsible to speculate about this sort of thing.

Lachlan said...

I'll let the soldiers that were present (ie the only eyewitnesses) do the talking (though I don't have the exact quote): he shouted Allahu Akbar before opening fire.

Andre said...

"Soldiers who witnessed the rampage 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 before the shooting spree."