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There basically are only two approaches to take to the man who carried out the Fort Hood massacre.

November 14, 2009

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In the flood of theories about the murder siege at Fort Hood, Texas, too many analysts are going to extremes to try to explain, even justify, what happened and how it should be dealt with.

Bottom line, there are really only two items to consider. Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan either is insane and should be confined for life in a mental institution or he is a domestic terrorist with ties to the Middle East and should be executed. Several television commentators have gone overboard in describing how “the Muslim gentleman” is being dealt with in the hospital. He did the crime and needs to do whatever version of “the time” is appropriate after a fair trial.

We are given the message that the rampant psychiatrist was distraught about facing deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan. While he never has been in a war zone, some are saying he generated a personal attitude of combat fatigue after allegedly counseling troubled military people who returned from the war zones. That is a flimsy and disgusting defense.

There is strong evidence that Hasan had been quite outspoken, verbally and electronically, about his feelings toward America and its policies. The depressing aspect of all this is that while there were numerous indications of the man’s tendencies, nobody decided he should be taken out of situations where he could put others in harm’s way. We can only imagine the flurry by various human rights zealots had such action been taken. We are getting that even now, after the fact.

One of Hasan’s comments was to the effect that Hasan and his Islamic allies value death far more than Americans value life. A number of capable people have not ruled out the possibility he was acting on behalf of some radical group such as the Taliban or al-Qaida.

Justifying the killings on the basis of his religion beliefs is a poor defense. President Barack Obama analyzed it perfectly:

“It may be hard to comprehend the twisted logic that led to this tragedy,” Obama said at a memorial service in Texas. “But this much we do know: No faith justifies these murderous and craven acts.”

There is little doubt that defense attorneys will try to use the “insanity plea” if Hasan lives to stand trial. If mental experts decide the man is so unbalanced he cannot be given a normal trial, then the verdict should be “guilty but insane.” Then he should be locked away so he never again can prey on society, military or domestic.

The evidence, however, is that Nidal Malik Hasan is an out-and-out terrorist who planned to attack Americans and is guilty of killing 13 and wounding 30. It is sad that the signs of anti-American violence he flashed were not heeded and dealt with in time to prevent the Fort Hood tragedy. It will be even sadder if various ruses are employed to protect him from the capital punishment he deserves.

Comments

RKLOG 5 years, 2 months ago

Like an anonymous editorial to the LJworld is going to get anything done either.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

"In the flood of theories about the murder siege at Fort Hood, Texas, too many analysts are going to extremes to try to explain, even justify, what happened"

Justify? Nobody I've read is trying to justify his actions. With a straw man opening like that, no intelligent discussion could follow.

Linda and Bill Houghton 5 years, 2 months ago

Assuming he is found sane and guilty, sentence him to life in prison (in solitary confinement) with no posibility of parole. Do not give him the satisfaction of becoming a martyr.

Brent Garner 5 years, 2 months ago

Actually, bozo, there have been several Islamic sources here in the US who have sought to justify Maj Hasan's actions. Apparently you have not read of them.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

I'm certain if you want to look hard enough, you can find someone attempting to justify Hasan's actions, bk, but it certainly isn't a common enough sentiment to justify the implication of this editorial.

BTW, as I have pointed out on other threads on this topic, there is a difference between "explaining" and "justifying." It's perfectly legitimate to include possibly contributing factors in attempting to explain Hasan's actions without it being a justification.

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 2 months ago

My only comment is that the Killeen, Texas police need to have their officers spend more time on the target range. This degenerate should have been shot about 20 times to assure that he would not end up in a hospital to be patched up, and then prosecuted, all at the public expense that non-criminal sick people cannot receive. Health care for murdering bastards should be stopped immediately. If he was seen by many killing many, then the necessity for political correctness and rights of citizenship should be forgotten. He should be very, very dead and cremated and tossed in a dumpster. This will cost the taxpayers a whole lot to cure this "case" against another muslim extremist terrorist. ((Oh, sorry, I forgot, murdering bastards caught in the act need to be patched up, tried and THEN shot on a wall at taxpayer expense, MY bad)

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

frwent-- This happened on a military base, so I doubt that the police were even on the scene until well after he'd already been shot several times, and presumably unconscious.

And if you don't understand the reason why summary justice is a bad idea, for all of us----

Flap Doodle 5 years, 2 months ago

Do some research, bozo. It was the police who put some lead into Mr. Sudden Jihad Syndrome.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

The report I heard was that it was a woman who shot him, and that she was a member of the military.

Regardless, putting a bullet in his head when he was already subdued would have been a mistake on many levels, regardless of whether it was done by the military or the police-- if for no other reason, if he's dead, he can't say why he did it, or if anyone else might have been involved.

And assuming it was the civilian police who shot him, since when do local police do patrols on military bases? Do the military police need backing up?

wordgenie8 5 years, 2 months ago

Not everyone believes in the death penalty: the premise of your argument is wrong. Even when faced with the most heinous of crimes civilized societies do not stoop to "an eye for an eye". We are(morally) blind enough already.

jaywalker 5 years, 2 months ago

“But this much we do know: No faith justifies these murderous and craven acts.”

Where ya been, Mr. President? Islam justifies exactly these kinds of murderous and craven acts.

wordgenie8 5 years, 2 months ago

I heartily agree with GlOckOwn3R: the title of this editorial is an insult to intelligent life and thinking people. Life-and-death matters are never simple--except perhaps to the simple-minded.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

"Okay Bozo, I will go over it to clear up your mind."

Thanks, Thing, for clearing up the chronology of events, but my mind was already sufficiently clear.

"Hasan is the darling of the media. They have been treating him with kid gloves as to not upset mooslims."

Really? Care to provide examples?

"Open season on Christians, leave the darling mooslims alone."

Comrade, these particular Christians are suspected pedophiles. What are you defending? Their professed Christianity, or their pedophilia?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 5 years, 2 months ago

jaywalker (Anonymous) says…

“But this much we do know: No faith justifies these murderous and craven acts.”

Where ya been, Mr. President? Islam justifies exactly these kinds of murderous and craven acts.


Not according to these Islamic scholars:

http://www.islamonline.net/servlet/Satellite?pagename=IslamOnline-English-Ask_Scholar/FatwaE/FatwaE&cid=1119503545840

jaywalker 5 years, 2 months ago

"So… does Christianity justify acts of violence against doctors, and some of their clinics?"

Always funny; point out the violence inherent with Islam and some idgit has to swoop in and post something about Christianity. More than one hundred armed conflicts in the world today and 90% involve muslims; the Quran spells out exactly what should happen to 'non-believers' unless they convert - death; this guy shoots up 51 people in the name of Allah.............but agno wants to compare it all to ONE Christian extremist every 5 years sniping an abortioin doctor because they want to save children's lives.

Brrrrrrrilliant!!!!!!!!!!

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