quote:Originally posted by ocatchings:
1. He was picked on and called names.
2. He was worried/scared about his upcoming deployment.
Why aren't these credible explanations?
quote:The non-existent practice of racial profiling has just increased over night and given some of the "real Americans" a reason to buy more guns and ammo.
Yeah, but denial of "reasonable" (I use this loosely, b/c nothing justifies murder) cirmcumstances you called on above doesn't help againt blatant anti-Muslim racism, either, imo.
From what I gather, Major Hasan was genuinely committed to serving the interests of US Armed Forces, but observed serious logical discrepancies in how the US targeted the enemy for "fighting a dirty war" and how the US used the same approaches, albeit justified because "we are us and not them".
What would be golden (although it will never happen) is for the Army to publically release the atrocities Major Hasan's patients shared with him. I bet it isn't pretty (from either side) and I suspect the irrationality of violence likely drove him to a moment where he said "eff it" and was done.
It happens to all people, with the right buttons pushed. His buttons just happened to be "discriminated muslim + psychiatrist + horrible, irrational psych cases + getting ready to experience the madness 1st hand".
I don't buy an idea that he was a "sleeper" Muslim just waiting for his chance to do Allah's will against the US.