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This Washington Post story is particularly rich. First, the man with the guns was an Army major, and the location of the shooting was in a US military processing center in Virginia. Second, he was a psychiatrist and a doctor in the Medical Corps. Third, he was a devout Muslim, born of Palestinian parents in the US. Fourth, he was about to be deployed. Five, he disagreed with the US wars in the Middle East. Six, he opened fire with two handguns killing 11 military and police men and injuring another 31 before he was shot dead. Seven, there was the suspicion that other men were also shooting people but they were questioned and released. There are lots more details, but just that bit of info is ample food for thought. EDIT: Initially it was reported that the shooter was killed in the incident, but now they're saying he's alive and in stable condition. So we will know the motive, eventually.


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Nov. 6th, 2009 03:41 am (UTC)

Not that their "cause" needs to be advanced. The day I see Muslims actually making a good faith attempt to assimilate into Western cultures, I'll change my tune. All I've seen so far, in my experience of Muslim students here and residents, is them expecting everyone else to tiptoe around their barbarity and fanaticism. Even the so-called "moderate" Muslims I've met are extreme by the standards of religion in the west and in America. Unless we listen more carefully to Geert Wilders (one of my personal heroes) our Western civilization will fall to Islamification. That this Army major did this is not a shock at all.
Nov. 6th, 2009 03:43 am (UTC)
True. We already had trust issues about anybody who looks Arabic. Now even doctors and army personnel are not going to be trusted. Perhaps I shouldn't have even mentioned it myself, because it was just one man who lost it...but then, there is a giant cultural gap and I am not sure that Muslims and Christians will ever be fully comfortable in each other's company.
Nov. 6th, 2009 03:49 am (UTC)
I think this is going to play out like a very bad soap opera.
Nov. 6th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
Could be very bad indeed.
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