I guess I just don't get it. We gave John Kerry three of the things for minor scratches. AFAIK Purple Hearts are awarded to active duty soldiers who have been wounded or killed on duty. And no, being injured at the hands of the enemy has never been the bar before. One of the fellows I attended Basic with got injured pulling another soldier out of a collapsed parade stand and received a PH.
And what benefits?
I think this is an outrage. Anyone who is not poisoned with Islamophobia can see that those soldiers, even if indirectly, provoked Dr. Hasan into defending himself. Is it really so hard to empathize with the psychic pain he must have endured, being picked on and poked fun at for the crime of being Muslim? Is it any surprise that he, being only human, finally snapped under the stress of being bullied?
Poor Nidal could not even get away from the bullying when he went to his favorite strip club and sat at the lip log with his roll of bills. Reportedly the girls laughed at him when they thought he couldn't hear them, calling him things like "shrimp," "egghead," and "dinky winky." Apparently he tried to dismiss them as infidel whores--but just imagine his anger and frustration when even his money couldn't buy their company!
No, Nidal Hasan was the real victim here, taunted and shunned everywhere he went. We are all guilty for failing to understand him and respect his faith. Sure, he encouraged the soldiers he counseled to turn on their country and embrace Islam. And sure, he was itching to strike a blow at American infidels in the name of Allah. But when has anyone tried to see his side of things, to understand how invalidated and icky he must have felt? When will all this Islamophobia ever stop?
He was convinced somehow to turn on his comrades. That's espionage, of sorts, on part of the extremists who turned him. America tries to turn various insurgents over to our side all the time. Is that terrorism? No, that's war. He deliberately targeted unarmed people, which is murder and a war crime. But it was a military target. This is war, isn't it? Is it terrorism to attack an enemy soldier? No, that's silly. Yes, he shot some civilians also. Guess what? American soldiers kill civilians too when attacking military targets. A war crime if done deliberately, a tragedy if done accidentally. Terrorism in neither case.
In reality, the attack was murder, treason, and a war crime, but not terrorism. Yelling "praise Jesus" before you attack a military target doesn't turn it into terrorism. Oh, wait, he said the other thing. Essentially the same thing, but Muslim and in a different language, so it must be terrorism!
(I harp on that because I recall Fox News going on and on and on about "Zomg he said allah ackbar, and Obummer wont call it terrorism boohoo")
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As such it's very hard to rule a case as "not terrorism", while on the other side it's also very easy to portray incidents as terrorism, even when they aren't really the classic cases of all-out attacks on civilians in the name of politics/religion/some ideology, attempting to murder as many of them as possible.
Regarding Nidal Malik Hasan and the Fort Hood incident, you're quite wrong in asserting that he was "turned" by anyone, there is no evidence to any connection to terrorist links as far as I know and in fact he acted on his own, in the name of his religion, against his fellow colleagues attempting to murder as many of them as possible. With that being considered it isn't really wrong to portray the incident as terrorism, as the motivation was a political-religious one, against Americans, reasoned with the politics of the United States in the Mideast. It is also not a result of war or open conflict. Hasan did not belong to a specific faction nor was he turned by a specific faction that the US is in open war with. And no the war on terrorism is not a declaration of war on every potential terrorist.
What it clearly isn't is a war crime, by the way, since a war crime is a violation of the laws of warfare, and since Hasan was not in an open warfare with his fellow soldiers it cannot possibly be a war crime. It is a crime, it is a treason, it is mass murder, and it might be terrorism.
Last edited by Apocalypse; 04-12-15 at 05:32 PM. Reason: NOYB
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