Our mainstream media has portrayed Nidal Malik Masan as the victim: a troubled individual who snapped due to harassment because he was a Muslim. It has displaced where our sympathy should lie: with the victims and their survivors. Here is the list of the 13 people who died in the Fort Hood massacre:
1. Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, 55, Havre de Grace, Md.
2. Maj. Libardo Caraveo, 52, Woodbridge, Va.
3. Cpt. John P. Gaffaney, 54, San Diego, Calif.
4. Cpt. Russell Seager, 41, Racine, Wis.
5. Staff Sgt. Justin Decrow, 32, Plymouth, Ind.
6. Sgt. Amy Krueger, 29, Kiel, Wis.
7. Spc. Jason Hunt, 22, Tillman, Okla.
8. Spc. Frederick Greene, 29, Mountain City, Tenn.
9. PFC Aaron Nemelka, 19, West Jordan, Utah
10. PFC Michael Pearson, 22, Bolingbrook, Ill.
11. PFC Kham Xiong, 23, St. Paul, Minn.
12. Pvt. Francheska Velez, 21, Chicago, Ill.
13. Michael G. Cahill, Cameron, Texas [civilian]
We extend our condolences to the family and loved ones of those who died in this massacre. Let us also not know forget those who were wounded, including woman warrior Sgt. Kimberly Munley who took down Hasan, suffered gunshot wounds of her own, and lost so much blood that doctors thought that she might not survive.
NOTE The Obamas will be attending memorial services for the victims tomorrow. The apologist-in-chief should apologize for the cold, unfeeling tone that characterized his initial comments about the Fort Hood massacre at the American Indian forum.