In the Name of God, the Subtle, the Loving
As the investigation into the motive behind the mass shooting at Ft. Hood continues, details about the mental state of Maj. Nidal Hasan continue to surface. News reports document that Maj. Hasan’s supervisors were seriously concerned about his mental state, some openly questioning whether he was psychotic. And, despte the fact that the alleged shooter is alive and able to talk, there is no shortage of people already claiming that his rampage was a “terrorist attack.”
Yet, I have a question: did anyone call the shooter in Orlando – Jason Rodriguez – a “terrorist”? Did the news media contact the pastor of his church and inquire about his religious beliefs? Did anyone call the alleged cop killer in Seattle, Christopher J. Monfort, a “terrorist”? This despte the fact that investigators have indeed called him a “terrorist.” Yet, that got very little media play.
It seems very difficult for many Americans to understand that a Muslim can be criminal and not be a terrorist. Muslims can be mentally disturbed and commit terrible crimes without it being due to a twisted militant religious philosophy. Maj. Hasan may be one of those mentally disturbed criminals.
Now, if the facts bear our that Maj. Hasan committed his brutal murders because of a twisted religious ideology, then – absolutely – he is a terrorist, plain and simple. I am not afraid of calling a spade a spade, be it Muslim or otherwise. But, let’s wait until we get all the facts. The shooter has not died: he is alive. This will give us an opportunity to find the truth. Let us wait for that truth. And as the Bible says: “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
By the way, there is an excellent article on altmuslim about this topic by a media expert. Check it out.