While I can’t get inside the heads of the likes of Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square would-be bomber, or John Allen Muhammad, the DC sniper, I can at least intellectually grasp why they did what they did. A combination of mental instability, a skewed belief system, and a lifetime as losers can make people do wicked things. Yes, there’s an ideological element to the whole thing but, ultimately, I put them in the same box as Charlie Manson.
But, as Pat Lang points out, Malik Nadal Hassan, the perpetrator of the Fort Hood massacre, is altogether different.
I heard Brian Williams talk about this man tonight. What he said was utter nonsense. He claimed that Hasan’s problem had something to do with a fear that he would not be promoted. What nonsense! The Wiki article about Hasan contains an inconsistency about when he joined the US Army. In fact he joined as an enlisted man after he graduated from high school in Roanoke, Virginia. He was stationed at Ft. Erwin, California where he attended after hours classes in an on post program by a local community college paid for by the government. Following some years of service as an enlisted man in an MOS that I have not so far determined, he was sent to Virginia Tech as a degree completion student by the Army at public expense and then commissioned as an officer. Then he applied to the armed forces medical school to which he was accepted and attended as an officer with all pay and allowances. After being awarded the degree of MD at public expense, he received a fellowship in psychiatry.
As Chico Escuela would have said, Hasan’s country has been berry, berry good to him. It’s amazing that he managed to harbor such white hot rage against the United States after years and years of receiving so many of its blessings.