The horrific shooting at Fort Hood, allegedly by Nidal Malik Hasan, a disgruntled yet devout Army psychiatrist, puts the spotlight back on the lone-wolf offender who sits at the crossroads of crime, terrorism and mental distress.
Among the emails I received Thursday were statements for some other groups warning against anti-Arab or anti-Muslim backlash. My advice to my staff was "don't go there." This is not about us right now.
If Hasan's faith is ultimately proven to be the misguided inspiration for his violence, then the brave and patriotic service of thousands of Muslim American soldiers renders him an isolated and aberrant exception.
Without rushing to prejudicial conclusions, after all, we do need to consider the possibility that Nidal Malik Hasan's Muslim faith played a major role, if not necessarily the dominant one, in what happened.