Wednesday, November 11, 2009

NPR Asks: Was Hasan Psychotic?

Kudos to the usually leftist NPR for taking a rather honest look into the Islamic fundamentalist murderer Major Malik Nidal Hasan, who "allegedly" gunned down thirteen and wounded dozens more.

From the article:

Starting in the spring of 2008, key officials from Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences held a series of meetings and conversations, in part about Maj. Nidal Hasan, the man accused of killing 13 people and wounding dozens of others last week during a shooting spree at Fort Hood. One of the questions they pondered: Was Hasan psychotic?

"Put it this way," says one official familiar with the conversations that took place. "Everybody felt that if you were deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, you would not want Nidal Hasan in your foxhole."[...] Hasan had been a trouble spot on officials' radar since he started training at Walter Reed, six years earlier. Several officials confirm that supervisors had repeatedly given him poor evaluations and warned him that he was doing substandard work.

Both fellow students and faculty were deeply troubled by Hasan's behavior — which they variously called disconnected, aloof, paranoid, belligerent, and schizoid. The officials say he antagonized some students and faculty by espousing what they perceived to be extremist Islamic views. His supervisors at Walter Reed had even reprimanded him for telling at least one patient that "Islam can save your soul."

[...] One official involved in the conversations had reportedly told colleagues that he worried that if Hasan deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan, he might leak secret military information to Islamic extremists. Another official reportedly wondered aloud to colleagues whether Hasan might be capable of committing fratricide, like the Muslim U.S. Army sergeant who, in 2003, killed two fellow soldiers and injured 14 others by setting off grenades at a base in Kuwait.

[...] some of Hasan's supervisors and instructors had told colleagues that they repeatedly bent over backward to support and encourage him, because they didn't have clear evidence that he was unstable, and they worried they might be "discriminating" against Hasan because of his seemingly extremist Islamic beliefs.

There is a small degree of what I would call leftist excuse making in this article, but I was happy to find NPR honest enough to at least discuss the idea that many saw him as a Islamic extremist. It almost appears as if the writer wanted to find mental instability as the foundation of Hasan's motives, but at every turn found Islamic fundamentalism instead.

Additionally, I found it very entertaining to read through a few of the comments. This article was linked on Drudge Report, and the left-leaning NPR regulars clearly do not appreciate points of view that do not meet their own.

Read the complete story here.


Opus #6 said...

Were the 9/11 hijackers psychotic? All of them? Are all suicide bombers psychotic? Was Scott Peterson psychotic? Was O J Simpson psychotic? Does anybody take responsibility for their actions anymore?

Teresa said...

I'm with Opie. These criminals and terrorists need to start taking responsibility for their actions. And, the MSM and the Lefties need to start holding criminals and terrorists accountable for their actions, and stop making excuses for them. Hasan is a Muslim extremist that was honoring Allah. When are these people going to realize that Islam is no religion of peace?

Soloman said...

Opus and Teresa - I understand where both of you come from with your comments..

That's why I mentioned the conflict between the writer's questions which matched the tone of the headline, as opposed to the reality of what they found, which was almost everyone pointing to his religious extremism.

I think NPR was surprised by what they found, yet honest enough to tell the truth rather than dig for stories that matched their ideologically desired result.

For that I will give them credit.

Amusing Bunni said...

What the hell does a person have to do to be kicked out when exhibiting these disturbing traits. This PC climate in the USA is going to kill us all.

Thanks for posting this Solomon

Soloman said...

Bunni - gladly.

I found it interesting that I posted this at about 6:30 EDT, and at 9pm Hannity led his show with excerpts from this very article.

I need a job in media, I'm so ahead of the curve :^ )

j summ said...

got in a minor argument about this at work today. everyone wants to sidestep the issue. plan and simple, he is a terrorist.

Soloman said...

j summ - how could he not be?

Even taking out the Islam factor, which makes him an Islamic fundamentalist terrorist...

His actions now will make all service personnel suspicious of fellow soldiers who are Muslim (or even non-Muslim but of Arab descent) who may absolutely mean no harm whatsoever.

Plus, even those who do not serve may be left wondering "what if" about those who deploy to Muslim lands.

Therefore, terror has been created. Maybe not on the same widespread scale as 9-11, but terror all the same.

j summ said...

made those points, they fell on what i believe to be deaf ears.

Opus #6 said...

Perhaps Hannity quietly receives the Wisdom of Solomon....