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Reader comment on item: Sudden Jihad or "Inordinate Stress" at Ft. Hood?
in response to reader comment: The psychiatrist was NOT retarded

Submitted by the Grand Infidel of Kaffiristan (Australia), Nov 12, 2009 at 05:09

Sholom Landy writes:
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"The Fort Hood shooter expressed to the Army that he didn't want to go to Afghanistan. ....... In Fort Hood he saw soldiers ready, even willing, to kill his relatives. "

Which relatives, his aunt, grandfather, cousin??? He was going to Afghanistan, so you say. The guy's parents are from Palestine - he was born in the US. I'm sure you know Afghans are not Arabs and are not related to Palestinians at all - well no more so than Palestinians are related to Berbers. So which relatives of his were those around him going to kill?

'He felt that he was somehow saving the lives of his relatives. If you loved your relatives, WOULDN'T YOU defend them?"

Sure, but using your logic all the Caucasians in Russia are my relatives. They may be all the same race as mine and I quite like Russians - but I recognise they are certainly not my 'relatives'. But for the sake of this argument if I was in the military and was called to Russia (with the permission of the Russian government) to fight Russian insurgents - would I kill them before they killed me? I certainly hope so.

So if I turned around and then shot a dozen of my own countrymen and wounded another 30 - how could I possibly justify my actions ? How twisted would my mind have to be to think that my murderous spree was helping my Russian 'relatives'? i.e. the insurgents?

The hypothetical case just made is as absurd as your ecuses for the trained psychiatrists actions. i.e.' he saw himself as somehow saving the lives of his 'relatives'.

The most likely cause was the tunnel vision he'd developed where he retreated over months into his jihadist ideation - where he came to belive that violent 'jihad' and the killing of 'infidels' was justified - in fact necessary. All his medical training and objectivity went out the window. His twisted mind picked out any of the many passages in the book of 7th century Arabian ignorance which suited his murderous cause. He probably saw he was on a divine mission - he was being commanded by allah - and a soldier must follow orders.

His defence lawyers will say he had a borderline sociopathic personality. I wonder if they'll have the guts in court to suggest that it was what he was reading that greatly contributed to pushing him over the edge.

Hopefully he'll explain what it was that prompted this minor lack of judgement . And hopefully we'll hear the unwhitewashed version.

"....My unexpressed question: Why was this psychiatrist, a NON-COMBATANT, issued weapons? "

Was he? I don't know the facts - but being a Major - I'm sure he would have had access to weapons.
That was certainly a mistake - something the US army will no doubt be reviewing.
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