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.
Monday, November 09, 2009
Friday, November 06, 2009
Major Malik Nidal Hasan
I'm watching CNN's coverage of the Fort Hood massacre. From Jihad Watch, here's information about murderer Major Malik Nidal Hasan's Virginia roots:
Hasan was a U.S. citizen, according to Virginia voting records, and his parents are Palestinians from the West Bank, according to his aunt, Noel Hasan of Falls Church. He was born at Arlington Hospital Center.
Hasan, 39, had lived in Montgomery County, Md., and Arlington, Va., in addition to Roanoke and nearby Vinton, Va. He graduated from Virginia Tech and earned his medical degree at Bethesda's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, records show.
Hasan attended the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring and was "very devout," according to Faizul Khan, a former imam at the center. Khan said Hasan attended prayers at least once a day, seven days a week, often in his Army fatigues.
I did not have access to media all day, so I'm only learning about the massacre now. I'm listening to the reporting on CNN. All the talking heads (Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper) say is that Hasan wanted to get out of the Army because he felt he was being harassed. They do not say that Hasan was disciplined for proselytizing: that came from NPR (via Jihad Watch) - NPR! CNN also included the pro forma statement from Nihad Awad of the "Muslim civil rights organization" CAIR. How clueless can our media be?
Now I'm listening to some reporter who interviewed the clerk at the convenience store that Hasan frequented. According to the reporter, the clerk reported that Hasan didn't want to put in the position of attacking other Muslims. CNN is oblivious to the irony that Hasan apparently thought that was OK to murder American soldiers.
We at Northern Virginiastan extend our condolences to the family and loved ones of the victims and care and support for the survivors and comrades.