Shooter’s past raises questions
In the days following a horrific tragedy such as the one two weeks ago at Fort Hood, Texas, everyone tries to find a motive and why the suspect was able to go through with his plan without anyone noticing something was amiss.
In most cases, anyone and everyone associated with the suspect will say something to the effect of ‘He/she was the last person you would ever expect to do this’ or ‘I just can’t believe he/she would do this.’
So naturally, the same was expected regarding Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. After all, if anyone was acting suspiciously or showed signs of being a threat, one would think a U.S. Army base would be the best place for someone to thwart such an act.
However, this tragedy did occur and the facts surfacing afterward shed light on the shooting and the suspect. Hasan showed many warning signs leading up to the shooting, signs he wasn’t in the least bit even trying to hide.
One of Hasan’s former classmates, Lt. Col. Val Finnell, said there were definitely clear indications that Hasan’s loyalties were not with America. That doesn’t seem like the type of person who should be walking around in a U.S. Army uniform. He said Hasan even once gave a presentation justifying homicide bombings. Finnell said Hasan was not questioned about his words or actions because the military has a ‘political correctness climate’ and no one would confront Hasan out of fear of an equal opportunity lawsuit.
Is this what our country ‘ and even worse ‘ our military has become? We can’t identify someone as a potential threat out of fear of a lawsuit?
Finnell went on to explain that it is not a matter of questioning Hasan’s religious beliefs.
‘When you are in the military and start making comments that are seditious, when you say you believe something other than your oath of office ‘ someone needed to say why is this guy saying this stuff?
‘He was a lightning rod. He made his view known and he was very vocal; he had extremely radical jihadist views.’
Hasan was promoted from captain to major by the Army, even after he reportedly received a bad performance review while working as a counselor at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington.
We may learn more from Hasan himself, since he survived the mayhem he created despite suffering gunshot wounds. But, really, what more do we need to know?
It seems Army officials had every right to cut ties with Hasan or at least monitor him further, but for some reason they didn’t. The reason is not as important as assuring military personnel similar signs will not go unnoticed in the future.