On Nov. 5, 2009, a single gunman killed 13 people and wounded 29 others at the US Army Base Fort Hood just outside Killeen, Texas. This was the worst shooting to ever take place on an American Military base.
This premeditated unjustifiable act was done by Malik Hasan, a US Army Major serving as a Psychiatrist. Hasan is an American Muslim of Palestinian decent.
Reports as early as 2005 indicated Nasan leaned toward radical Islam. After this devastating act, e-mail communications between Hasan and Yemen-based cleric Anwar al-Awlaki declared Hasan a hero, as “fighting against the US Army is an Islamic duty.”
Hasan was not formally charged until July 20, 2011. The Judge set a trial for Hasan’s Court Martial for March 5th, 2012.
On February 2, 2012, a military judge ruled that Hasan will stand trial on June 12, 2012. Hasan’s attorney requested the delay in order for “pretrial preparation.” The prosecution is seeking the death penalty.
That is two and a half years this scum bag has been living in a US prison at tax payers expense and now someone is finally going to talk about the death penalty. Would being a Muslim have anything to do with this extended delay in a trail?
On or about the 6th of March 2012, Staff Sergeant Robert Bales, a 38 year old US Army enlisted man with 11 years service was charged with murder for killing 16 Afghan civilians, nine of them children. Sgt Bales reportedly was a good husband and father of two children. He was well thought of by all who knew him.
Did Sgt Bales plan this horrific act of killing? I think not. I believe the Department of the Army is just as much to blame as Bales himself!
Bales enlisted in the Army two months after the attack on the Twin Towers. His first deployment was to Iraq in November 2004. He was there for one year. He was sent on his second deployment in June 2006 and remained in Iraq for 15 months. His third deployment was from August 2009 to June 2010. He was reportedly injured twice with a small part of his foot severely damaged. Bales was highly decorated however, there was no mention by the Pentagon released service record of Bales receiving a Purple Heart nor was it mentioned he was recommended for a Bronze Star which was reportedly disapproved.
Prior to his fourth deployment to Afghanistan in December 2011, he received traumatic brain injury treatment at Fort Lewis, but was deemed fit for duty. Even though he did not want to go, the Army in all it’s wisdom assigned him to a war zone in Afghanistan.
A couple days prior to this grizzly incident, Sgt Bales was reportedly with a fellow soldier whose leg was blown off. There is some mention of the use of alcohol in charges brought against Sgt Bales.
At this point I will ask any veteran who has ever been in combat, on his or her fourth deployment, wounded a couple times, and on a mission with a comrade who has just had his leg blown off, wouldn’t you want a couple stiff belts to calm the nerves? I believe that only someone who has never experienced the horrors of combat would say NO!
Today very few members of congress and no one in the White House have served in the military. Of those leaders that have, very few know what Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is. Speaking from experience, it is a silent disease. You don’t know you have it. You know you feel like crap! You often want to beat the hell out of some dude that offends you, you seldom feel like going anywhere or even feel like smiling. It takes time and medication to cure this mental disease. Unfortunately doctors and medics that have not been in war zones, combat situations or even have dealt with persons with severe personal problems have no clue.
In my mind, Sgt Bales was/is suffering from PTSD as are hundreds of our returning veterans. Granted he was no Sunday school example and needs to be incarcerated. But he desperately needs medical help. For those who are already calling for the death penalty to be imposed on him, I say shut up, join the camp fire girls and learn what life is about.
What amazes me is that the death penalty was demanded for Sgt. Bales three days after the incident, but nearly three years have passed and they are still deciding the fate of Hasan.
I would like to know why this Muslim is getting so much better treatment than one of our own American soldiers?