Thursday, August 08, 2013

Fort Hood killer: Give him what he wants

Nidal Hasan admits he murdered 13 people and that he wants to die. Why not give him his wish? Debra Saunders gets it right:

The accused Fort Hood shooter, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, began his court-martial Tuesday admitting he's guilty. "The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter," said Hasan, who faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted murder for those he wounded. But because this is a death penalty case, the Army won't allow Hasan to plead guilty. 

Hasan, an American-born Muslim, also described himself as mujahedeen. Witnesses say that he yelled "Allahu akbar" ("God is great") as he opened fire on a roomful of unarmed service members.

Hope the Pentagon was listening. To date, the Department of Defense has refused to call the shooting a terrorist attack. In 2010, the Department of Defense released a report that classified the shooting as an episode of "workplace violence" and suggested the use of violence prevention programs modeled on those used by the Postal Service. Clueless.

The report was in keeping with the military's willful tone-deafness to warning signs that Hasan was a radical Islamist. He had vocally defended suicide bombers and given a lecture defending Osama bin Laden at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Superiors described the Army psychiatrist as a zealot and "ticking time bomb." No worries. The Army promoted Hasan to the rank of major in 2009...

He admits that he murdered 13 people, he wants to die, so take him out back and shoot him.