I spoke today with a friend who is a Muslim soldier stationed at Fort Hood. He and Hasan prayed side-by-side at the mosque the morning of the massacre. He agreed to share his story with me if I granted him anonymity.
America has seen an epidemic of horrific gun violence at churches and synagogues, workplaces, health clubs, high schools, universities, police stations and now Army bases.
I am concerned that this incident will cause some Americans to react against Muslims. Our fellow Americans should understand that every major American Muslim organization has condemned it.
Let's face it. We need more guns. We know the criminals have them. That's how we can tell they're criminals. That guy pointing a gun at you? Probably...
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.
With the recent tragedy at Fort Hood, the time has come to face up to two facts: War is Hell -- this we know. War is not conducive to mental health -- this we don't want to realize.
With unwitting but impeccable timing, the sole banner advertisement prominently emblazoned on Drudge Thursday was the image of a discharged member of the military brandishing his M16 rifle.
In the wake of the massacre there will be a tendency to say one man snapped. The truth is anyone could have snapped -- and we need to de-stigmatize PTSD and mental health before someone else does.
The most depressing aspect of Thursday's shoot-out at Fort Hood is that none of the 11 people who died in the melee will be counted as casualties of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
There are lots of places to start looking if we want clues as to what happened at an Army base at Fort Hood, Texas. One obvious clue is Virginia Tech....
It's unfair to say, categorically, that Nidal Hasan went berserk because we've made the wrong choices. But it's also unfair to continue policies that kill people on both sides of a now pointless conflict.