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  • That can only be answered by him.
  • Double agent with a screw loose.
  • what's muslim got to do with it?
  • We'll learn. Let's not be hasty.
  • Would you have asked that way if he was Christian?
  • Stupidity would be my first guess, next would be desperation due to lack of imagination. Going to jail for 5 years or so as a political objector would of made his point with out all the negative backlash which is coming.
  • From what little I've heard so far this individual had been displaying anti-social and unstable behavior for awhile. I believe that if this is truly the case, which it is still very iffy and unclear, then someone should have acted earlier to help this individual. Maybe we'll be told in due time, maybe we'll never know, maybe we'll be fed a lie. Only Major Hasan, the shooter, will ever know for sure why he did.
  • He was oppose to the war but so am I and I am a christian so I doubt that religion has anything to do with it.
  • Soldiers are under extraordinary stress now with extended and repeated deployments that show no sign of stopping, stop loss policies and a lowering of standards for new recruits. Something has to give. His religious views may have played a part in this but this is not the first incident of soldiers killing others and committing suicide at an alarming rate. From Mass Shooting Indicates Breakdown of Military Thursday 05 November 2009 http://www.truthout.org/11050912 "In a strikingly similar incident on May 11, 2009, a US soldier gunned down five fellow soldiers at a stress-counseling center at a US base in Baghdad. Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the US military’s Joint Chiefs of Staff, told reporters at a news conference at the Pentagon that the shootings occurred in a place where “individuals were seeking help.” “It does speak to me, though, about the need for us to redouble our efforts, the concern in terms of dealing with the stress,” Admiral Mullen said. “It also speaks to the issue of multiple deployments.” Commenting on the incident in nearly parallel terms, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said that the Pentagon needs to redouble its efforts to relieve stress caused by repeated deployments in war zones; stress that is further exacerbated by limited time at home in between deployments. The condition described by Mullen and Gates is what veteran health experts often refer to as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). While soldiers returning home are routinely involved in shootings, suicide and other forms of self-destructive violent behavior as a direct result of their experiences in Iraq, we have yet to see an event of this magnitude take place in Iraq. Prior to the May incident, the last reported incident of this kind happened in 2005, when an Army captain and lieutenant were killed when an anti-personnel mine detonated in the window of their room at a US base in Tikrit. In that case, National Guard Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez was acquitted.
  • It's sad but no one will look upon this as a sick, demented man in need of medical attention himself. They will not remember that he was American, all they will remember is that he is Muslim.
  • I think the situation might have got tensed up when his comrades probably would have commented on something he couldn't handle as a moslim or he took it personal. It is not easy out there. Even non muslims will feel it bad when put into the battle field like that where you have even to kill poor civilians without knowing which one is terror and which one not.
  • I am so furious about this guy. He had received numerous negative reviews that led to his being transferred to Fort Hood, (one of the biggest bases in US) where he was still a Major??? I can not understand why our soldier's mental healthcare is so unimportant that they were letting this guy do it? Who ranked him capable of treating ANYONE?
  • This happened because the Americans didn't seize the opportunity to eliminate potentially dangerous Muslims from their midst while they still could. They were probably afraid someone might call them a name.
  • because he believed those crazy muslim clerics who consider Americans to be the enemy of islam. They should strangle him on live tv for what he did. I would order pizza and have a party to watch this scumbag die. I want to see him die slowly and painfully. I want to see the fear in his eyes. I would love to see him die slowely AND I WANT TO SEE HIM DIE SLOWLY IN PAIN! I WANT TO HEAR HIM SCREAM!!!
  • He was mentally unbalanced. More important than that is why his action wasn't anticipated. There are systems in place to alert officials to members of the military who potentially pose a security risk to the service and to the country. This soldier's internet post were identified as being sympathetic to interests harmful to the U.S. Nothing was done. What good are procedures if they aren't followed or enforced?
  • Because i believe he was a radical islamic man, how he stayed in the military so long with his ideas is beyond me, they said he gave a speech once talking about how suicide bombing was a good thing. What happened is he no longer could stand doing 1 thing and believing another, he acted on his beliefs, and the family's of the dead have to deal with the consequences of his actions.
  • Based on what I have read this is what I think. 1. He found himself not believing in the war, even though he was very proud to serve. 2. He was refused a discharge when he expressed this deep conflict. 3. He was due to be shipped out within weeks. 4. He snapped and lost his mind. The big mystery is why it doesn't happen more often.
  • A lot is made of the fact that he is Muslim. I think that's misleading. He is the first rampaging gunman in the U.S. that I know of to be identified by his religion. The conditions that lead to this sort of horrific situation don't have anything to do with religion.
  • Cause he is SELFISH
  • If you wish to understand the violence, read the quran. http://etext.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/HolKora.html
  • Because he didn't believe in going to war. I believe it was against his religion to kill. Is that ironic or what?
  • Our military men are under a lot of pressure to perform a dirty job. They are being asked to make lots of sacrifices (including possibly their lives) for a small paycheck to do something that the rest of the world feels doesn't need doing. Also bear in mind that they are people too. They are no less likely to snap than a civilian; it just seems to happen less often because the military is a relatively small percentage of the population; ~1% last I checked. Consider how rare it is for *anybody* to go on a rampage like that and then figure what percentage of them are in the military. I agree with others here that being Muslim gas nothing to do with it.
  • Because he was insane.
  • serious chemical imbalance
  • He had several motivations. Stress and fear of being sent to war seems to be one, but he pretty clearly had been changing his allegiance over time. . It has always been difficult to judge whether a given action is a criminal act (murder in this case) or an insane act. . Personally I feel his internet postings and choice to say 'Allu Akbar' are pretty indicative of the crime aspect - that this was a rational choice. . It is certainly possible that it was both. In a sense I don't much care as long as, a) he is removed from humanity one way or another for life and b) the military starts kicking people out who make similar web posts. . It is also possible that he was a loyal American soldier who just lost it. That doesn't seem likely to me but we have courts martial to determine which it was and how to proceed.
  • Sad part about it is no one will ever know, its locked in his mind and well he isn't going to do much talking about it now is he?
  • I think it's more important that he was a psychiatrist rather than a Muslim. What kind of recruitment policies is the American army running?
  • The latest news details show that there is definitely religion involved in this. The guy distributed Koran to his neighbours before the shooting and he planned this for some time its seems. He used to talk to people against the war all the time. And also was worried very much about being posted to Iraq and tried to get it changed using lawyer etc.

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