Yesterday’s post regarding the Fort Hood shootings is pulling in a very large amount of traffic and a moderate amount of email.
Reading the email, I see I need to clarify a few things I said yesterday – or rather didn’t say.
There are two possibilities here:
Major Hasan is nuts, or he’s not.
If he’s nuts, in the legal sense, and his lawyer can prove it in court – then he should be locked away with the rest of the crazy dangerous people. My sympathy towards him extends to the degree that I have for any other broken human being, tempered by the fact that Hansan was a mental health professional and should have done more to ensure his own mental health – which is part and parcel of the mental health field. All therapists are supposed to have therapists of their own.
If he’s not nuts, there are two possibilities: his religious beliefs were the primary motivator, or they weren’t.
If Hasan’s religious convictions were not his primary motivation, then he is a simple mass murderer and should face whatever punishment he’s got coming to him. I have no compassion or sympathy towards him whatsoever.
If his religion was his primary motivation, if sympathy for the enemy was his primary motivation, then Hasan is guilty of treason against the United States of America, a country he swore to protect and defend and to whom he gave his solemn oath with his right hand upraised before his God. If Hasan is a traitor – and it appears very likely that he is – then he should face the fate of all traitors with his back against The Wall. Fuck him and the horse he rode in on, and I’ll pull the trigger myself if they’re looking for volunteers.
Something to note here, if Hasan is indeed a traitor, there are no mitigating circumstances. His family has mentioned possible religious persecution. That’s crap. Hansan was a Major, an O-4. He knew damned well the Army’s stance on such things, i.e. zero tolerance, and he damned well knew what his options were, anything from filing an EEO compliant regarding a hostile workplace to writing his Congressman. Hasan’s professed reluctance to deploy into a warzone and fight against members of his own religion is also crap. He is a commissioned officer, sworn to obey the orders of the President and the Officers appointed over him. Period. If he was unable to execute those orders, he should never have sworn the oath. He should never have accepted his recent promotion, which carries with it “the obligation to faithfully discharge the duties of the office.” If he truly could not execute his orders due to a moral objection, he had plenty of options, none of which involved treason.
Hasan’s actions are his, and his alone, using this situation to condemn all Muslims is wrong.