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Different stories are emerging about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist who is alleged to have killed 13 people and wounded 30 others at Fort Hood, Texas, on Thursday.

Hasan's former imam recalled him as "a reserved guy with a nice personality." Fort Hood's Muslim chaplain "found him to be very pleasant."

But others recollect Hasan -- whose specialty was treating traumatized and distressed military -- as a poorly performing soldier who was increasingly emotional and critical about U.S. action in Afghanistan and Iraq. And he recently received orders to deploy overseas.

Hasan's aunt told The Washington Post he had been harassed about being Muslim in the years after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorism attacks.

Harassed? Really? It should be noted that, months ago, Hasan set off law enforcement's radar because of Internet postings about suicide bombings, "including posts that equated suicide bombers to soldiers who throw themselves on a grenade to save the lives of their comrades," the Associated Press said.

Hasan lives in the most religiously tolerant country on Earth. But if he was on the 'Net, degrading America and holding suicide bombers up for praise, he should expect to get bombarded with scorn.

But for sheer callousness, it would be hard to top President Obama in the wake of the deadliest killings at a U.S. military installation. A chief executive with any presence of mind about the gravity of the situation would have offered heartfelt, respectful and reassuring words to a shaken people.

But what did he do Thursday? He sandwiched in a couple minutes' worth of comments about the slayings among remarks he was giving at a conference hosted by the Interior Department's Bureau of Indian Affairs.

These are his uniformed people who were killed, but he seemed more emotionally engaged in thanking the organizers of this obscure conference than in showing genuine remorse for the fallen. The president either is detached from reality, or he simply doesn't care. What a cold fish.

Justice has yet to play out to determine the level of Hasan's guilt or innocence. But the pieces of the puzzle coming together are forming a portrait of a man who might have been helped -- or thwarted -- if those pieces were assembled and scrutinized sooner by the people around him.

Hasan gave every indication to superiors that he was a ticking time bomb leaning toward domestic jihad. That kind of anti-Americanism -- regardless of what race, religion or creed you are -- cannot be tolerated in the U.S. military. And if it's detected, it needs to be weeded out immediately.

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FaceTheMusic
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FaceTheMusic 11/07/09 - 09:48 am
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I started reading this

I started reading this wondering how long it would take the AJC to get to the criticism of President Obama. It took until the 7th paragraph. They're slipping!

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 11/07/09 - 09:51 am
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Surah 9:14 - Fight them,

Surah 9:14 - Fight them, Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace,

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 11/07/09 - 09:55 am
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Not a right wing website. And

Not a right wing website. And I am giving you where in the Koran it says this in EVERY post. A Surah is a Chapter. So Surah 9 is Chapter 9 and the verse is after the ":". http://quod.lib.umich.edu/k/koran/

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/07/09 - 09:56 am
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Posted by faithson on Sat Nov

Posted by faithson on Sat Nov 7, 2009 8:31 AM. What is the difference between a pipe bomb that has 1000 pellets in it or 100 pellets. A GUN HAS NEVER KILLED except in the hands of a human like this this "peace loving Muslim"

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 11/07/09 - 09:57 am
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Overburdened, some folks

Overburdened, some folks refuse to accept the truth even when it slaps them upside the head!

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 11/07/09 - 10:00 am
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howcanweknow - I know and

howcanweknow - I know and that is why we are in the trouble we are. Muslims are allowed to lie to non believers so you will never know what is truly in their heart until they make an overt action to one side or the other.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/07/09 - 10:04 am
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Have you noticed that in 3

Have you noticed that in 3 days now, Justus4, JHRC, ispy4u and all their followers have made no commits about the video link that has been posted. When faced with Facts, they just can't.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 11/07/09 - 10:04 am
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I fully realize there are

I fully realize there are "extremist nuts" in any religion, but you can't whitewash the in-your-face fact that the authoritative holey book of Islam (the religion of peace), the Koran, specifically calls for murder of infidels. It's right there, multiple times, as you document.

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ceewolfy 11/07/09 - 10:05 am
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No I'm looking right now but

No I'm looking right now but can't find it. This is a pretty hefty book. My point is not to blame religion as the main motive. When you do that you clearly ignore the facts. The truth is that he did not want to get deployed to a war zone. He wanted the benefits of the army but the not the disadvantage of it. Good thing that the injured had that first class government run health care.

Niko Mahs
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Niko Mahs 11/07/09 - 10:06 am
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Yawn

Yawn

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 11/07/09 - 10:08 am
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No. Islam was clearly not his

No. Islam was clearly not his main motive. That's why he shouted "Allah is Great" just before he killed innocent people, right? Again, quit trying to provide an apology for an Islamic terrorist.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 11/07/09 - 10:12 am
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Which video link

Which video link CobaltGeorge?

ceewolfy
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ceewolfy 11/07/09 - 10:17 am
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People say blessing, the same

People say blessing, the same phrase before they eat. Do that mean they our eating for their religion or because they or hungry. This man was just a crazy person don't matter what religion he was.

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Boston93 11/07/09 - 10:17 am
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What some Muslims will go

What some Muslims will go through just to get a shot at America. Fits right in with ALL illegal Immigrants that are in America unlawfully and commit many crimes and our Congress and President dosen't have the brains to realize it. Wake up CONGRESS AND AMERICA.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 11/07/09 - 10:17 am
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Huh?

Huh?

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 11/07/09 - 10:20 am
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Ceewolf, I don't understand

Ceewolf, I don't understand what you're saying. He was crazy enough to simply follow the instructions in the Koran to kill infidels. I'm not saying he was not mentally disturbed, but you can't get around the fact that he was still simply obeying what the Koran says to do. If you have a problem with Koran-inspired killing, take it up with Mohammed. He's the one that supposedly inspires Islamic terrorist to kill others.

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overburdened_taxpayer 11/07/09 - 10:23 am
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CHSDARKHORSE
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CHSDARKHORSE 11/07/09 - 10:26 am
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Is the word love mentioned in

Is the word love mentioned in the koran?

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 11/07/09 - 10:28 am
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My understanding is that

My understanding is that Allah is not a god of love at all. Muslims pray for mercy. I attended a Muslim funeral once, and was surprised to hear all speakers begging Allah to let the person into Muslim heaven. No love mentioned at all. Just pleading and calls for mercy. I don't think love has anything to do with it. But, I'm no expert.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 11/07/09 - 10:32 am
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Islam a religion of works. If

Islam a religion of works. If you are a good Muslim and do more good deeds ("good" according to the Koran) than bad, you might be lucky enough to have Allah let you into heaven. No love, just begged mercy. As the saying goes: Islam: you can die for your God. Christianity: your God has died for you!

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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 11/07/09 - 10:33 am
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The Augusta Chronicle

The Augusta Chronicle editorial staff claims United States is "the most religiously tolerant country on Earth." The overwhelming majority of Reader Comments to this editorial belie that claim. Today a AP headline reads "After [Hispanic] immigrant killed in NY, others tell of abuse". The economic downturn brought mass xenophobic wrath down on anyone suspected of being an illegal immigrant. That will be dismissed as ethnic intolerance by self-righteous reactionaries, but violence within America does not stop there. After 9/11 there were attacks on people who "looked Arabic". An Indian Sheik was killed because ignorant, intolerant, violent American reactionaries thought he looked like a terrorist. Arab Americans have been persecuted in the wake of the 9/11 attacks. United States is not "the most religiously tolerant country on Earth." Christianity teaches that a true believer should worry about the beam in their own eye before they worry about the speck in another's eye. Where are the moderate Christian leaders calling for tolerance & for Americans not to rush to judgment about what happened at Ft. Hood? The religious right & ACES use this incident for political leverage, hate & war.

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overburdened_taxpayer 11/07/09 - 10:34 am
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In english translations the

In english translations the word love is mentioned 83 times. That includes "Allah loves" and "Allah does not love" and others like "it may be that you love a thing while it is evil for you". Allah and love together with either does or does not is mentioned 47 times in English translation.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 11/07/09 - 10:38 am
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Problem with modern culture:

Problem with modern culture: a horrible mass murder has occurred, and we must call for tolerance and not rushing to judgment. There is no hope for people who call wrong, "good", and who call good, "wrong".

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 11/07/09 - 10:49 am
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overburdened_taxpayer My

overburdened_taxpayer My 8:25 post.

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/07/09 - 10:51 am
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There have been 63 males

There have been 63 males arrested in the USA this year on terrorism charges. They all shared one characteristic (and no, it's not race).

JohnRandolphHardisonCain
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JohnRandolphHardisonCain 11/07/09 - 10:51 am
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howcanweknow, the perpetrator

howcanweknow, the perpetrator of the horrible mass murder at Ft. Hood has been apprehended. Faithful Christians and intelligent Americans of good will should not generalize about the killing or call for the persecution of members of the Muslim faith. To do so and to become filled with hatred and desire for revenge contradict the tenets of Christianity. It also is not a smart reaction to what happened at Ft. Hood. America overreacted in the wake of 9/11. It led to unnecessary wars, to the illegal & ineffective use of torture, and eventually to the loss of the world's sympathy and support. We weaken our democracy and our faith when he become like the terrorists, like the criminals, like the religious fanatics and/or like the criminally insane.

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CHSDARKHORSE 11/07/09 - 10:52 am
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Don't rush to judgement?

Don't rush to judgement? Let's see; he was dressed in Islam garb early in the morning, passed out his korans and earthly belongings and shouted aallah bs before shooting the very people who have protected his beliefs. I agree with betty-boop in profiling the ---- out of them!!

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/07/09 - 10:54 am
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JRHC - I realize it must be

JRHC - I realize it must be tough to lose one of your anti-war blogging buddies. Hang in there! We'll still protect you despite your best efforts to the contrary.

howcanweknow
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howcanweknow 11/07/09 - 10:56 am
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I really don't think anyone

I really don't think anyone is calling for persecution of Muslims. Any persecution is wrong. The call is for Muslims to simply stop killing non-Muslims. I have no problem at all in asking them to stop murdering others, and simply live in peace. Live and let live. If they would simply do that, we wouldn't have these news stories to discuss. But, I also have no problem in pointing out the basic facts of Islam, because some out there (like Ceewolf) have no idea what the truth really is.

SayNoMore
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SayNoMore 11/07/09 - 10:59 am
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It's just like the black

It's just like the black ghetto neighborhoods leading the crime statistics largely due to the lack of involvement by upstanding and successful black role models. If the Muslims are tired of this type of activity and the fallout they receive, they need to clean up their own backyard.

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