As usual, Mark Steyn hits it on the head: noting that it took longer to bring the Fort Hood shooter to trial than it took the U.S. to force a Japanese surrender in World War II, Steyn points out that Major Hasan has been remarkably clear in his articulation of events. He killed U.S. soldiers in the name of Islam. Meanwhile, the government is doing everything in its power to avoid calling this terrorism, resorting instead to the idiotic idea that shooting 45 soldiers and killing 13 of them in the name of Allah is just another sad case of "workplace violence," or, their first effort to give an innocuous name to a blatantly terroristic attack, "post-traumatic stress syndrome," common, they note, among "combat veterans." But Hasan was never in combat. As Steyn says,
Major Hasan is a Virginia-born army psychiatrist and a recipient of the Pentagon’s Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, which seems fair enough, since he certainly served in it, albeit for the other side.
After Major Hasan’s pre-post-traumatic workplace wobbly, General George W. Casey Jr., the Army’s chief of staff, was at pains to assure us that it could have been a whole lot worse: “What happened at Fort Hood was a tragedy, but I believe it would be an even greater tragedy if our diversity becomes a casualty.” And you can’t get much more diverse than letting your military personnel pick which side of the war they want to be on.
Of course, Hasan was able to shoot so many people on a military campus because the army, in its infinite wisdom, prohibits members of the armed forces from being, er, armed. Absolutely nuts.
Did I mention Hasan is still pulling down his military salary? Shameful and nuts.