Last edited by Australianlibertarian; 11-12-09 at 08:42 PM.
I guess it depends on what one defines as a terrorist attack.
"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)
Here you go, the argument that his extremist religious views at least were equally, if not more dominant, then any potential mental state ….
First and foremost, whatever mental state he was in seems to be in part created due to the effect his religion had on him. The reason given for the “bullying” (not the right term but close enough) he sustained was that it was generally based around his religion (towel head, etc). It seems many close to the situation are pointing to his nearing deployment as the trigger for setting him over the edge. Why does it appear that the deployment bothered him so and put him in such a position to go over the edge? Because he felt that we were fighting against his brothers in Islam over there and that they were actually the ones fighting the just cause and was morally and spiritually opposed to it. This was a man whose routinely stated, from reports, his support or admirations for suicide bombers and others like them attacking the troops to send a message; and this support was based upon his extremist religious views.
To me it seems pretty clear that you had a guy predisposed to being a loner, to likely needing some kind of all encompassing ideology to make sense of his life, had a persecution process, was likely frightened to go to war in general mixed with falling into an extremist sect of a religion that happens to be encompass many of the forces that he is supposed to be fighting against, joining together to culminate and give us what happened.
I think if we were fighting, lets say Russia or China, that this guy would not have done this as some of the triggers (going to fight against what he views as his ideological brothers, being a greater target for ribbing by companions) would not be as prevalent. Similarly, if he had not fallen into this extreme sect of Islam I don’t believe he would’ve done this as again, the triggers wouldn’t have been as big. Likewise though, if he didn’t have the mental state and predisposition to the types of responses he had to various external hardships, this likely wouldn’t have happened, because the triggers wouldn’t be present.
It was a mix in my mind of his mental state, his extremist views, and our current military situation combined that likely came together to cause him to act as he did imho. Take any one of those away, or weaken them substantially and I don’t think this happens. And as such I don’t think one can truly say that the mental part of it is so much more dominant, for the mental part of it likely wouldn’t have been triggered and spurred as great as it was if not for his extremist religious views. They go hand in hand in this imho.
"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.