Fort Hood Murders: What Won't Be Discussed

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On Thursday,
November 5th, Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan used handguns to fire
upon fellow soldiers at Fort Hood Texas, killing 13 and wounding

The base commander
says soldiers who witnessed the shooting reported that Major Hasan
shouted “Allah Akbar!” (God is great) before opening fire. Hasan,
an American citizen and a practicing Muslim, himself was shot four
times, and is presently hospitalized in stable condition. Originally
it was thought that Hasan was killed, but later his survival was

Hasan is a
physician…a psychiatrist in fact. He recently worked at Walter
Reed Army Hospital in Maryland, one of the primary places that wounded
Gulf War soldiers are treated for horrific injuries. But those same
wounded soldiers bring back deep mental wounds, and Hasan's specialty
was in counseling and helping soldiers suffering the mental anguish
from war.

Major Hasan
was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan, and reports say that he
was angry about his deployment.

Over the coming
weeks and months, military investigators will work to determine
Major Hasan's motivation for the murders. If found competent, he
will likely stand trial for the murders and injuries. However, you
should expect that the findings will be "spun" in a way
that absolves Washington and the military from any responsibility
for their part in the murders.

Nothing in
this article should be misconstrued as a tacit approval of Hanan's
acts. Murder is always murder, and killing 13 and wounding 30 is
an horrific slaughter. No justification exists for this act.

Here are some
points that likely will be off-limits in the mainstream media:

1. The morality
of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. George Bush's administration
and Congress lied the US into an Iraq war against their own puppet
dictator Saddam Hussein. It was never proven that Hussein or Iraq
had ANY involvement in the 9-11 attacks. President Obama has now
fully embraced war in Iraq and Afghanistan which continues unabated.

2. The legality
of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. No declaration of war has ever
been enacted by the US Congress, which is required in the Constitution.

3. Base security
and the Second Amendment. Military personnel do not forsake their
rights under the Second Amendment when they take their Oath of Service,
do they? The fact that the soldiers on bases across the world are
unarmed makes it easy for any assailant to do his work. Universities
like Virginia Tech (curiously Hasan's alma mater, where another
mass murder incident took place), public schools, and government
buildings are also open kill zones for armed gunmen. Just one soldier
carrying his sidearm at Fort Hood could have stopped the slaughter.
One soldier. One.

4. Post Traumatic
Stress Disorder. Part of PTSD is the mental anguish military personnel
experience when they have done unspeakable things in war that conflicts
with their moral code. How do you live with yourself when your actions
caused the deaths of women and children who never did anything to
deserve death? How do you cope with seeing thousands of people bombed
out of their homes and turned into refugees? How do you cope with
seeing your buddies blown to bits by IEDs? How do you deal with
the disease, displacement and death that your very presence in a
foreign country delivers? Most military personnel live through it,
albeit mentally tortured. But some choose #5.

5. Suicide
rates in the military. News stories about alarmingly high suicide
rates in the military have been surfacing since 2001 when the US
began its military adventures in Iraq. The fact that military personnel
have been deployed multiple times is a giant factor. The fact that
National Guard and Reservists have also been deployed to "the
sandbox" multiple times is another suicide factor. Finally,
soldiers see…and cause…thousands of civilian deaths in both
countries. The military personnel ask "what are we doing here?"
and find no answer. They can't escape their service, can't desert
their post and hop a plane for home, find themselves 5,000 miles
from home with no solutions, or are scheduled for a mandatory deployment
that they cannot avoid without court martial. So, in hopelessness
and despair, many kill themselves.

6. Desertion:
defined in Article 85 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice as
"Any member of the armed forces who (1) without authority goes
or remains absent from his unit, organization, or place of duty
with intent to remain away therefrom permanently; or the abandonment
of military duty without leave and without the intent to return."
Only in the military…or slavery… is a soldier "owned property,"
subject to court martial, death or imprisonment for "quitting"
his job. Desertion rates are up significantly since 2001, with many
deserters heading to Canada or some other nation for asylum.

Major Hasan
is a devout Muslim, so his story will likely be spun about Islam
and terrorism. Reports say that he has expressed grave concerns
about waging war against fellow Muslims. This is a legitimate concern
for any devout believer.

But Hanan had
other options. He could have refused the deployment for religious
reasons (Conscientious Objector status), or simply the reason that
he refused to obey an order he believed to be an unlawful order.
Lieutenant Ehren Watada refused to deploy to Iraq in 2006. Watada
said he believed the war to be illegal and that, under the doctrine
of command responsibility, it would make him party to war crimes.
The Army lost the initial court martial ruling, dropped the second
court martial in 2008 and discharged him from the Army.

leaders and minions set the stage for this tragedy. But don't look
to them to take any responsibility for the toxic environment that
our military personnel are forced to live under. Isn't this akin
to abusing a dog over years, and then feigning surprise when the
dog attacks someone? Should we not treat our fellow humans better
than our pets?

Think about
this. Do you believe that any military personnel, constitutionally
deployed within the borders of the Unites States of America in a
purely defensive status would ever have reason to react in this

Does this have
anything to do with state secession? Yes, it does.

Hanan’s actions
are what is commonly referred to as “blowback”…the unintended
consequences of government policy. Nations that don’t invade other
nations don’t have these kinds of tragic events as a rule. And states
that eventually secede from the US, and keep their militias within
their own borders, defending the new nation from invasion, won’t
have them either.

7, 2009

D. Longcore [send him
] is president of Abigail Morgan Austin Publishing Company.
He is married to “his Redhead” Julie, has three wonderful children
and three even more wonderful grandchildren. Visit his secessionist
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