Ft. Hood Shootings = Terrorism?

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madel
 
Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2009 06:21 am
Recently the Fort Hood shootings were (and still are) in the news and the word "terrorism" has at times been attached as an explanation.

What do you think? Was it terrorism or something else?
 
kennethamy
 
Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2009 07:39 am
@madel,
madel;107787 wrote:
Recently the Fort Hood shootings were (and still are) in the news and the word "terrorism" has at times been attached as an explanation.

What do you think? Was it terrorism or something else?



Seven salient facts about Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. - By Christopher Hitchens - Slate Magazine
 
prothero
 
Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2009 03:26 pm
@kennethamy,
It seems like it might be a simple judgement call. Complicating factors are it was an attack on miliatry personel (not civilians) who were preparing to be deployed to an active theater of operations. So even if the motivation was political or religious and not madness it is still not so simple to label it terrorism. Was it a legitimate military target? Are attacks on military personel and military targets still terrorist attacks?
 
kennethamy
 
Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2009 03:29 pm
@prothero,
prothero;107905 wrote:
It seems like it might be a simple judgement call. Complicating factors are it was an attack on miliatry personel (not civilians) who were preparing to be deployed to an active theater of operations. So even if the motivation was political or religious and not madness it is still not so simple to label it terrorism. Was it a legitimate military target? Are attacks on military personel and military targets still terrorist attacks?



Yes, it doesn't fit neatly into terrorism or nuttiness. Life is seldom neat.
 
Leonard
 
Reply Thu 3 Dec, 2009 03:46 pm
@madel,
Al Queda would've killed him had he not attacked the people at Ft. Hood. Likewise, if one had a mugger's gun to their head, they would pay up or die.
No matter what the crime, the criminal has a logical reason or is insane.
 
 

 
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