Good evening, Netizens…
Who is this man? Obviously he is Army
Major Nidal Malik Hasan, the gunman who went on a shooting rampage in
Fort Hood, Texas, killing 13 people and wounding countless others.
However that nor any of the other facts surrounding Hasan’s life can
explain why he acted as he did.
Yet this afternoon, reading in various
places on the Internet I have heard him called a recent recruit to
Muslim faith, a “sleeper” terrorist, perhaps part of a covert
terrorist group intent upon more crimes, and the list of
possibilities goes on and on. At least based upon what few facts we
have about Hasan, perhaps none of the allegations are true. The FBI,
Army military authorities and local and state police are still
attempting to put together a cogent picture of what motivated Hasan,
a psychiatrist, to “come unglued” and start killing people.
At present, on Friday evening, he is in a coma at the Brooke Army
Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San
Antonio in critical condition.
little we know is Hasan is an American born in Virginia of
Palestinian parents. Hasan graduated from medical school at the
Uniformed Services University
in 2003, said Sharon K. Willis, speaking for the school.
He then entered a psychiatry residency program at Walter
Reed Army Medical Center, which he completed in 2007. He
returned to the university for the disaster and military psychiatry
fellowship in 2007. The first phase of that fellowship is earning a
master of public health
degree, which he completed in 2008. He completed the fellowship
program in June. A month later, Hasan reported for duty at Fort Hood.
There is a considerable amount of evidence, mostly from his neighbors
in the apartment complex in which he lived, that he was a gentle,
caring and kindly person who most viewed as a decent man.
If Hasan lives we may actually get some answers about what motivated
the man. If he dies of his wounds we may never know what motivated
him to kill some of the people he was sworn to help.