Friday, November 6, 2009

Fort Hood Tragedy: What if his name was Brad?

So by now I'm sure you've all heard about the horrible tragedy earlier today at the largest military base in the United States, at Fort Hood.

We really don't have enough information at this point to speculate, no matter what the MSM is reporting about his religious views or alleged blog postings.

What we do know is that he was a military psychiatrist and that he was going to be deployed to Iraq at the end of the month.

Oh and he's ALIVE (despite the fact that the media reporting he had been killed all day today).

When I heard about this tragedy initially, I thought of how awful it was for everyone effected and I said a short prayer for all of the victims' families. I also made sure to contact family friends who are stationed there to make sure that they were safe. I didn't even think that it could be "terrorism" until his name was released.

By the way his name is:

Nidal Malik Hasan

So now what? Did something that is a horrible tragedy become an act of terrorism because we now know his name?

It occurred to me that with the same exact set of facts that we have at this point, how would your opinion on the story change if his name wasn't Mr. Hasan.

What if it was Brad?

The Nation has a great post related to this idea:

"No one knew on Thursday whether stress, fear, anger over mistreatment, mental illness or a warped understanding of his religion might have motivated Major Hasan. The point here is not to defend the soldier or his alleged actions. Rather, it is to question the rush to judgment regarding not just this one Muslim but all Muslims.

It should be understood that to assume a follower of Islam who engages in violence is a jihadist is every bit as absurd to assume that every follower of Christianity who attacks others is a crusader. The calculus makes no sense, and is rooted in a bigotry that everyone from George W. Bush to Pope Benedict XVI has condemned."

His cousin is interviewed below:

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