As the trial date draws near for Fort Hood murderer Major Nidal Hasan, questions need to be reexamined. Who is Major Nidal Hasan? Why was he permitted to counsel soldiers at all? And how did President Obama handle this terrorist attack and the victims?
You will recall that Maj. Hasan was a Ft. Hood psychiatrist who counseled troubled and emotionally fragile soldiers returning from war. Major Hasan was also an avowed, practicing Muslim and made no secret of that fact.
On November 5, 2009, Maj. Hasan shouted “Allah Akbar” and began a shooting rampage, opening fire on a group of unarmed soldiers who were gathered in the clinic for medical services. 13 soldiers were killed, and more than 40 were wounded. Victims ranged in age from 19-62 years old. One of those killed, Pvt. Francheska Valez, 21, was pregnant. Some were shot in the face, hip, and abdomen, and some were shot as many as 6 times.
When Hasan saw soldiers dragging the injured out of the building, he went outside and began shooting at them, too.
Nobody should be surprised that Hasan did this; there were warnings aplenty. In June 2007 as a senior-year psychiatric resident at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Hasan was to make a presentation on a medical topic of his choosing. He shocked supervisors and medical staff with a 50-slide PowerPoint presentation entitled “The Koranic World View as it Relates to Muslims in the U.S. Military”. Hasan lectured military personnel about “Islam, suicide bombers and threats the military could encounter from Muslim countries of Iraq and Afghanistan.”
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