“Inquiry Finds Tangle of Clues at Fort Hood”

In Uncategorized on November 16, 2009 at 1:53 am

The Fort Hood shooting involves so many facets, it is frustrating for all parties to try to dissect and understand.

It is also polarizing and extremely charged which adds to its complexity.

One of the frustrating aspects to me is the use of the term “terrorist.” There had been so much semantic ping-pong on the news that it had almost lost meaning and importance. However, when I investigated the issue briefly, it does seem to be somewhat important.

Merriam-Webster defines a terrorist as someone employing terror which is “violent or destructive acts (as bombing) committed by groups in order to intimidate a population or government into granting their demands.”

In this article, it dicusses the fact that Hasan had argued with some that Muslims in the army should be granted conscientious objector status as it is against their religion to kill other Muslims. This is a valid point, but it’s still unclear as to whether or not this was his objective. If it was, then I think it would be clear that he would be using violent means to influence government.

Obviously his motive will be a key point of the investigation so determining whether or not he is a terrorist or a criminal just seems premature. Focusing on this element because it is a buzz word just feeds the divisiveness and intolerance that has arisen in our nation post 9/11.

This article actually attempted to clarify Hasan’s background without making definitive judgments. It told of his education, his family and his social life. It provided clues, but no real answers.

The headline says it all: “Tangle of Clues…Suspect Seen as Misfit, or Radical, or Both.” We’re just not sure yet.


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