I read the shorter version of this story in today's Lowell Sun and it seemed straight forward.
Now, with this longer version it still seems straight forward, but it has a "he said, she said" flavor to it.
We know it happened in downtown Tampa.  We know that Jasen Bruce claims that someone with a beard and dressed in a robe yelled "Allahu Akbar."  We know the person in the robe was a Greek Orthodox priest, Father Alexios Marakis.
Not everyone in a robe and with a beard is a Muslim, let alone a terrorist.
Heck, while many people who think of themselves as experts think they know what happened at Fort Hood, the fact is they don't and we don't. I hope some day we do. In the mean time we should be keeping an open mind.
I think we can all be pretty clear on the fact that Major Hasan was the shooter at Fort Hood, although that has to be proven at his court martial. Maybe the officers trying him will be convinced he is completely psychotic—there is some evidence his supervisors at Walter Reed thought that was a possibility. If, however, he is judged sane, but doesn't get the death penalty, then I would like to see his sentence include his being assigned to the US Navy and placed aboard a US Navy ship outbound to some location and from that ship, upon its return, to be passed to another US Navy ship, such that now Private Nidal Malik Hasan never again enters the six mile limit of these United States. He would spend the rest of his life in exile at sea.
If he is found guilty.
In the mean time, let us be careful of who we think is a terrorists. Greek Orthodox Priests studying in Massachusetts are probably not terrorists. And lets be careful of believing what the media tells us happened at Fort Hood. I am betting against Major Hasan shouting "Allahu Akbar," or some version thereof, as he started shooting.
Regards — Cliff
1 year ago