Focusing on Ft. Hood Killer’s Beliefs Are an Easy Out to Avoid the Deeper Reasons for the Massacre

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By Mark Ames / AlterNet / November 6, 2009

It’s hard to pinpoint what’s the most shocking thing about Major Malik Nadal Hasan’s shooting rampage in Fort Hood, Texas. I’ll start with this: there’s nothing all that ground-breaking about it. Happens all the time, it’s just that we’re a nation of amnesiacs who forget all the unpleasantries, and refuse to learn the valuable lessons.

For starters, Fort Hood is located in Killeen, Texas — where one of the deadliest rampage shootings in American history took place in 1991, when an unemployed ex-Navy enlistee, George Hennard Jr., crashed his pickup into a popular cafeteria, pulled out two handguns (Hasan also used two handguns), and murdered 23 people before taking his own life. The day before the massacre, Hennard was eating a hamburger in a local restaurant watching the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings and, according to the manager, “When an interview with Anita Hill came on, he just went off. He started screaming, ‘You dumb bitch! You bastards opened the door for all the women!’”

So yesterday’s Fort Hood shooting isn’t the worst or most deranged mass-killing in Killeen’s history — not by a longshot. The mainstream media is enabling the screaming about the Muslim traitors in our midst, but Hasan killed far fewer Americans than the white, racist George Hennard. And they were bested by the federal government in nearby Waco Texas, in 1993, when federal forces slaughtered some 75 men, women and children in the Branch Davidian compound.

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nancy November 6, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Excellent writeup!!!! Recommend everyone read it as it gives synopsis of what has gone on in Ft. Hood and in this country. I surely hope that we all see this latest tragedy as a single person’s action, and not blame/negate a whole group.


bodysurferbob November 6, 2009 at 3:46 pm

good read. but shouldn’t the headline be “is” not “are” “an easy way out …” . sorry to appear to be so obsessive with details and not the substance.


Editor November 6, 2009 at 3:48 pm

bodysurferbob- I think you’re right. “Focusing” is singular. Sorry, we just copied the headline without thinking from the source.


Dave Sparling November 6, 2009 at 11:51 pm

This was either the luckiest break ever for the LYING planners of a war on terror, or a planned operation. Either way it is a win win for those who planned and carried out the biggest duping of the most humans in world history. A quick read of the responses on right wing forums and you see that the Muslim male is the new Hitler. The fact CNN 360 shows the video of this guy in a white Muslim outfit at a 7/11 is good fodder for stand up comics and perhaps we could all use some humor right now. Like I said tonight on OBC, no way in hell would you find someone from the middle east working at a 7/11.


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