Military experts discuss the attack at Fort Hood (The Washington Post – 6 November 2009)
As details about the shootings streamed across the Web, I noticed how
the nature of the messages changed over time. Initially, some military
friends lamented that they no longer felt safe on Army posts. But once
Maj. Nidal Hasan was identified as the lone gunman, many focused on his
name, rank and faith. The fear that had been so palpable diminished.
Few of the messages were explicit — one simply said, "A single shooter
and a Muslim?!" But their meaning was clear — that Hasan's Islamic
faith explained what had previously been an unfathomable act of
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