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Muslims at Fort Voice Outrage and Ask Questions

Posted on November 7th, 2009 at 14:12 by John Sinteur in category: News -- Write a comment

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Leaders of the vibrant Muslim community here expressed outrage on Friday at the shooting rampage being laid to one of their members, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, who had become a regular attendee of prayers at the local mosque.

But some of the men who had befriended Major Hasan at the mosque said the military should examine the policies that might have caused him to snap.

“When a white guy shoots up a post office, they call that going postal,” said Victor Benjamin II, 30, a former member of the Army. “But when a Muslim does it, they call it jihad.

“Ultimately it was Brother Nidal’s doing, but the command should be held accountable,” Mr. Benjamin said. “G.I.’s are like any equipment in the Army. When it breaks, those who were in charge of keeping it fit should be held responsible for it.”

  1. I haven’t read anywhere that this was referred to as “jihad”. The man is said to have been “mortified” at his deployment to Afghanistan. If you’re mortified of deployment, the army is not the best organization to join. As a major, a psychiatrist, and a highly educated man, he is going to have difficulty blaming anyone else for his actions. Benjamin is wrong. The army is not responsible for Nidal. Muslims aren’t responsible for him, either. He has full responsibility and he’ll face the full consequences … alone. Rightly so.

  2. The army is most certainly responsible for allowing/encouraging that anti-Muslim atmosphere. The one which made it OK for his fellow soldiers to harrass him. The one which makes it OK for them to treat Iraqi and Afghani civilians as sub-human because they are Muslim. OK to torture them to death. OK to murder families for sport.

    Other army personnel have done such things. This one gets attention because it’s in Texas and the victims are US citizens … instead of in Iraq or Afghanistan, where most folk are brown skinned and non-American. I would love to see Justice be done … for those other victims before these, since they have been waiting for a lot longer.

    I’m not saying that the blame is 50%/50% on the Army (or that it isn’t) … but let’s not be blind about what that organization is doing. It’s far from the proud organization it once was. And it’s way overdue to recognize that reality, and start fixing it.

    One more point: The shooter did try to resolve this problem before shooting. He tried to leave the army. He was not allowed. That’s a really direct link to army actions worsening this problem. It’s reasonable to believe that if he had been allowed to leave, as he asked, then we those particular soldiers would not be dead today.

  3. One more point: I wrote that “It’s reasonable to believe that if he had been allowed to leave, as he asked, then those particular soldiers would not be dead today.” Or put in therapy, or … lots of other things.

    The army is extremely desperate for warm bodies. So desperate that it doesn’t pay attention to red flags. In this case, psychological flags, self-raised. But there are a lot of other examples.

    And where thirty years ago there were all kinds of safe roles such folk could take within the army, now a huge chunk of those roles are outsourced to private contractors. Soldiers’ job descriptions are devolving to “cannon fodder”. It’s no wonder that craziness gets amplified, not reduced. And that’s another structural issue that can only be blamed on the Department of “Defense”, and its corporate “partners”.

  4. I find it suprising that they have been watching him – because of praising suicide bombers and such -, they knew he did not want to go oversea, and still he could pull it off.

    To the “did not want” part. He was a psychiatrist. He has been listening to soldiers who came back from the war a bit “broken”. I am sure that would discourage anyone.
    He repeatedly said he does not want to go to kill other arabs.

    They should have let him go, or take him off the deployment list.
    And most of all, if they were already suspecting him sympathizing with insurgents, they should have isolated him – Dr Nadik, we have a project where we need your expertise.

    But it will run it’s course, eyewitnesses will testify that he was shouting “Allah akhbar” – did he shout that? Are you sure he did not shout that? So, he may have shout that? Are you sure he did? Ok, so pleaste take it on record, he did shout “Allah akhbar” – and it will be on record as someone already stated “He was a jihadist. Simple as that”.
    No need to look into the reasons, the roots of the problem. Much easier and cheaper.

    And of course if every soldier were carrying a bazooka and an assault rifle, it would have never happened.

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