If that's your definition of defense, then every person in this thread saying the cause was singularly religion are also defending him, because its religions fault not his fault...by your logic.
Stating reasons WHY someone may do something is not DEFENDING what they do.
"I am appalled that somebody who is the nominee...would take that kind of position"
"A court took away a presidency"
"...the brother of a man running for president was the governor of the state..."
It's horrifying because Trump is blunt instead of making overt implications.
Excuse my quoting independently but I want to address all your points.
No, blogging about pro-islamic fundamentalist issues, whether you are sincere or using it for an excuse for your sociopathic responses, becomes a terrorist attack.
So therefore all those people setting off IED's or that have attacked our embassy in Iraq after the invasion are not acts of war but terrorist acts.
Now here you bring up a good point, perhaps this was an "act of war" as it was on a military base, though he attacked unarmed troops, and thier families, I think its still the latter.
But when I point out that we didn't have any attacks on our land from 1993 to 2001 I get told that the embassy bombings count as "our land", but they don't count when they've happened in the past 8 years because those aren't terrorist acts but actions of war.
It seems people are wanting it both ways, being able to call anything terrorism or not terrorism how it suits them for the argument their making.
I would say, had he not used his blog, and his apparent comments and arguments as his impetus for his rampage, then it would simply be a sociopath and a trigger....
So what you're saying is that anyone that commits a criminal act because they agree with the enemy, they're a terrorist?
Not at all. I am saying, perhaps, he is not a terrorist, the fact that he used all these trapppings of the enemy, that he indeed became a terrorist, if only for a brief time. From an article:
Neighbors described Hasan as a quiet man who began wearing "Arabic clothing" in recent weeks. Edward Windsor, a neighbor, never suspected Hasan was in the Army. Hasan's rank surprised Windsor who would never have imagined an officer with a rank of major would have lived in an apartment that rents for $350 and houses soldiers ranked as private first class.
I think in recent weeks, he became the very thing, a terrorist, they all gotta start somewhere...
That said, I think his deployment orders, were his trigger, and he took these trappings of the terrorist to get "right with in his mind" what he was planning to do.
So a kid spray painting "Stop this illegal war", which is a belief the terrorists share, is a terrorist cause he's taking up their cause? Yes, that's going to an extreme, but you've given me no other real criteria to go off of.
Sorry, unless he's actually found to be CONNECTED to that group in some way shape or form, to me this is an obvious and clear act of MASS MURDER....just like columbine, or the museum shootings, or all other mass shootings in recent memory.
Unless there comes out some evidence he's connected to a terrorist cell, has some things in place after that was hoping to send a political message, or he was specifically targetting civilians on the base to inspire fear in them, there's nothing here that shows me "terrorism".
I will agree that a connection would increase the position, but, i don't think its required.
Matthew 10:34Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Religion is an obvious factor, it's the degree the religion played in his decision to carry out this act that makes or breaks the some of the arguments here. Was it an act of jihad or was it a Muslim who simply had a mental meltdown and snapped...deciding to kill those who he felt were persecuting him personally? This could have very well been a suicide by cop/MP/soldier thing. It doesn't matter that he was a soldier and a psychologist. He can still become depressed about his life and that can turn to violence. It happens almost daily in the U.S. In fact it's much more common than acts of religion fueled homicide.