Fort Hood's Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan: Jihadi, Psycho, Both?
Bits and pieces are coming out about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the shooter in custody in the Fort Hood massacre. Records show he was born in Virginia, graduated from Virginia Tech and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences' F. Edward Hebert School Of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, made Captain in 2003 and Major in May of this year, and practiced psychiatry at Walter Reed and, since July, at the base's Darnall Army Medical Center.
His cousin says he didn't want to be deployed to the war zones of Iraq or Afghanistan, and that Hasan believed "Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressor" (meaning, it would seem, the United States), which suggests that the U.S. Army was a poor career choice...
Texas Senator Kay Hutchison says (without Army confirmation) that Hasan was scheduled to be deployed imminently. His former imam says he had been looking, without success, for a religiously observant Muslim wife; a former colleague says he reacted with "open glee at the death of some soldiers by a suicide bomber."
The Last Crusade finds that Hasan attended an Arab International Festival in Dearborn, Michigan this summer, where attendees "munched on rolled pita sandwiches, shawarma, tabouli, hummus and baklava," which Last Crusade finds dispositive of jihad. CNN has footage of Hasan in traditional Arab dress on the morning of the shooting, ordering hash browns and coffee at 6:20 a.m. About seven hours later he started shooting.
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