Before entering the Ft. Hood Soldier Readiness Center and murdering 13 people—12 soldiers and one civilian— and wounding 30 more yesterday afternoon, the alleged killer may have already been on law enforcement radar for online postings he made, according to the Associated Press.
On the Web site Scribd, an online commenter named "NidalHasan" scribbled a note beside a paper entitled "Martrydom in Islam and Suicide Bombing," discussing whether killing yourself to save others can accurately be described as suicide.
There was a grenade thrown amongs a group of American soldiers. One of the soldiers, feeling that it was to late for everyone to flee jumped on the grave with the intention of saving his comrades. Indeed he saved them. He inentionally took his life (suicide) for a noble cause i.e. saving the lives of his soldier. To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. Its more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause. Scholars have paralled this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers. If one suicide bomber can kill 100 enemy soldiers because they were caught off guard that would be considered a strategic victory. Their intention is not to die because of some despair. The same can be said for the Kamikazees in Japan. They died (via crashing their planes into ships) to kill the enemies for the homeland. You can call them crazy i you want but their act was not one of suicide that is despised by Islam. So the scholars main point is that "IT SEEMS AS THOUGH YOUR INTENTION IS THE MAIN ISSUE" and Allah (SWT) knows best.
The Associated Press reports that law enforcement could not verify that the alleged Ft. Hood killer Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, a 39-year-old Army psychiatrist, was the author of the online posting.
But as Hasan's story continues to develop, he's emerging as a man with deep conflictions about serving in the U.S. military while it occupied Muslim lands.
According to retired Army Col. Terry Lee on Fox News, Hasan had made comments criticizing U.S. foreign policy at a conference six months ago saying that American troops should not be "over there" and that "the Muslims should stand up and fight against the aggressor." Hasan, Lee said, hoped newly-elected President Barack Obama would withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Iraq.
Lee also said Hasan was also supportive of the June shootings at an Arkansas recruitment center, which killed one soldier and wounded another. In that incident, Abdulhakim Bledsoe, 23, of Little Rock, Arkansas, said he committed the act in retaliation for the treatment of Muslims by the U.S. military.
Hasan's aunt told The Washington Post that her nephew wanted out of the military and had endured constant harassment for his Muslim faith since 9-11. He was also deeply opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Nevertheless, he faced deployment to Afghanistan, according to The New York Times. The Associated Press reports he was willing to serve in Afghanistan but not in Iraq.
Hasan is currently in custody while he receives medical treatment for the gunshot wounds he received during his alleged rampage. He is currently on a ventilator and listed in stable condition.
♦ Screenshot of "NidalHasan's" Scribd page