Okay, so I’m watching this coverage of the Fort Hood shooting, and I have a zillion questions. This isn’t a typical blog post, more like a really long tweet. I came to the story rather late, only about 20 minutes ago, and I’ve been flipping between Fox and CNN to try to find out what the heck happened. Our military doesn’t go off on shooting sprees like this, so my initial reaction was one of utter shock, then complete and total suspicion. There are three shooters? Three? Really? Gee, think I, what does that sound like? And they were shooting at two different locations? Again, gee, what does that remind you of? And now there was one shooter and two “suspects” or “accomplices” (what the hell were they doing? mopping the shooter’s brow?)
I was also struck–again, I know only what Fox and CNN are reporting–that one of the dead is a civilian policeman. What was he doing on a U. S. Army base? It’s been a long time since I was on any military base, but as a military brat, I’ve been on my fair share of them, and civilian cops . . . you just don’t see. So what is that about? Did this incident actually take place on Fort Hood? Or in a nearby Hood facility? Apparently, it is where soldiers are processed before going to war in Iraq and/or Afghanistan. This I’m not clear on, but it seems strange that a civilian cop would be wandering around base or even be allowed in to respond to a 911 call on base. Ft. Hood is more than capable of handling its own emergencies, so I’m stumped on that. Or maybe things have changed since I was a kid. Or something.
What was aggravating me, also, though, was the way that CNN was trying to “skew” the incident into some sort of anti-war protest. Soldiers who don’t want to go to war don’t kill their fellow soldiers . . . they may, sadly, kill themselves, but really, a violent murderous rampage like this to avoid the violence of war? And with TWO accomplices? Hmph! Why is the left so completely out of touch with our military? They don’t get anything about honor, pride, country, or God. They are so out of touch that it makes me want to vomit. I’m more inclined to blame BO than I am our guys in the service (no one has hinted that any of the three people involved is a woman). But now, of course, CNN is sputtering and floundering because the shooter’s name has come out. And of course it’s a Muslim name. CNN is reporting that the shooter’s name is Major Malik Nadal Hasan (39 or 40 years of age) (typed that off the banner at the bottom of the tv, so no link, sorry).
I say “of course” not because I’m a racist freak, but because I’m an American living in post-9/11 America, and even before this killer’s name came out, I knew something was very wrong here. Three people don’t simultaneously go off the rails and start shooting people (because they’re soldiers who are afraid to go to war, no less), and they certainly don’t do so on a parade around two different locations. And with absolute precision. The reports say that the gunman who was shot had two handguns. Hand guns? At Fort Hood? Why didn’t he have him a nice big machine gun of some kind? Well, he didn’t need anything fancy, apparently, because he managed to kill 11 people (it’s not clear, I guess, how many people the other two guys shot or if they did at all). Anyway, I hope I’m wrong, but it sounds more terror-related to me than anything spontaneous. Fox isn’t reporting the dead shooter’s name yet, but I’m not a reporter, and I, not being a reporter, have no qualms about typing what CNN is saying. If his name is really George Washington or John Smith, my suspicions stand. I hope to God that I am wrong, though, because to think that terrorists are in our military . . . chilling. Before the name came out, CNN was reporting on gangs on Fort Hood, too, so maybe . . . . but geez, is the military so damned desperate or PC’d to death that they’re accepting Cripps and Bloods into the ranks of our nation’s fine military? Or is it terror-related? Or some sort of weird three-way psychotic snap that made three men run around shooting their fellow soldiers because they didn’t want to go to war and shoot people (or be shot at).
At the end of the day, though, 11 of our soldiers are dead (12 if you count the shooter, and I do not), and my thoughts and prayers and deep gratitude are with them and with their families.