On November 5, 2009, an Army Major Nidal Hassan, a US Army Psychiatrist, walked in the Processing Center at Fort Hood, Texas and started shooting. Ten minutes later, 13 people been murdered and 30 wounded and he himself, lay on the ground, also badly wounded.
What drove the man to commit such horrific violence on his fellow soldiers? Senator Joe Lieberman wanted to declare it an act of terrorism and he was echoed by many others including Gen. Barry McCaffrey; self-styled “experts” on Islam and terrorism such as Walid Phares, were quick to jump on the “Islamic Terrorism” bandwagon with their own declarations. In a superb show of reason, the Defense Department refused to call it an act of terrorism and called it instead, an act of workplace violence Continue reading
Updated March 13, 2012…
When the news of a US soldier going out to kill Afghans, first broke, American media were focusing on TWO deaths even as they also reported that the Afghanis were saying about 17 had been killed. Almost immediately other diffusers and excuses began to pour forth, giving “News Coverage” a new meaning.
The New York Times can STILL not bring itself to report the 16 murders without offering some softening words; in the headline, the US soldier is said to kill civilians even as NYT goes on to describe what the soldier (from our Puget Sound area) did:
New York Times: “U.S. Sergeant Is Said to Kill 16 Civilians in Afghanistan“
- “…the soldier, who had walked more than a mile from his base, tried door after door, eventually breaking in to kill within three separate houses. The man gathered 11 bodies, including those of 4 girls younger than 6, and set fire to them, villagers said.”
As if to justify the murders or at least, to minimize the tragedy, Super-Patriot, Angry-Bird John McCain shamelessly shifted the focus to 9-11 instead of offering even a few grudging words of regret or sympathy.
“We should not forget that the attacks on the United States of America originated in Afghanistan,” Senator John McCain told CNN. Inferring of course, that a few deaths of the unwashed, here or there, should not be a cause for concern. Continue reading