Fort Hood a tragedy, not opportunity for ethno-centrists

David Ly

On Nov. 6, dozens of people were wounded and 13 were killed by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan at Fort Hood. When I heard about this, I immediately wondered how The Minnesota Daily would react to something that newsworthy. Last Tuesday morning, I was appalled to see words of warning against possible discrimination and not of concern. The columnist who wrote âÄúReflections on Fort HoodâÄù almost immediately began the piece by raising some of those potential circumstances by saying, âÄúPerhaps this service member had been âÄòharassedâÄô by fellow colleagues for practicing Islam.âÄù He then argues that a single act should not be indicative of an entire demographic. I agree that Hasan was indeed harassed for his religion, but itâÄôs not an excuse to kill people. Furthermore, the shooting truly may have occurred because Hasan was a militant Muslim. According to a recent article by The Associated Press, Hasan had been in contact with Anwar al-Awlaki, an imam in Yemen. Al-Awlaki had been a âÄúspiritual advisorâÄù for three Sept. 11 hijackers. In another article by The Associated Press, the doctors who had trained Hasan âÄúviewed him at times as belligerent, defensive and argumentative in his frequent discussions of his Muslim faith.âÄù So letâÄôs face it, Hasan was a fervent Muslim who was communicating with terrorists and was provoked, so he eventually lashed out. Should we discriminate against all Muslims? No. However, I agree with the columnist that we should take the Muslim religion into consideration when we train the people who serve our country. They should receive the proper attention so that terrible things like what happened Nov. 5 will never happen again. And, if it does, hopefully the next column written about it will emphasize that it was a tragedy and not an opportunity for ethno-centrists. David Ly University undergraduate student