April 3, 2014, - 9:00 am
It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost five years since the Fort Hood Massacre by Nidal Malik Hasan, and even harder to believe that less than five years after that massacre, a similar attack happened again, with three murdered and 16 injured. Is it impossible to stop an attack like this on a military base, where some soldiers are armed? I thought they changed the police and made soldiers surrender their arms on the base. So how did this guy pass muster? As I’ve asked before, “Is America Just Incompetent?”
And isn’t it odd to you that we have this rash of “crazy” people who engage in these successful rampages at military installations and so on, and yet while the attacks appear to be “random” attacks by “mentally disturbed” people, they also look very well planned. It’s not just this. It’s also the guy at the Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis. And in both these cases, the perpetrator was killed, so we have no way to know if these were instance of mental illness and PTSD–as is claimed–or well planned jihad. And we’ll never know for sure. The same goes for the gunman who shot his way onto the USS Mahan at Naval Station Norfolk last week, in a little-reported story that strangely went under the radar. Ditto for Miriam Carey, the “crazy” woman who drove her car like an assassin on Capitol Hill and near the White House, last year, and was shot dead by Capitol Police. Was she crazy . . . or testing the system for someone else?
Whether or not Ivan Lopez, the now-dead shooter and military man behind yesterday’s attack, was really crazy or just crazy like a fox, it begs the question: How Could This Happen Less Than Five Years After the Previous Fort Hood Massacre? Something isn’t right here. And I’m not talking about Lopez’s mind. He was, in fact, never diagnosed with PTSD. He was merely in the process of being examined and treated, reportedly having “sought” mental health treatment. In fiction novels–which we failed to take heed to before 9/11–jihadists could train people like this to fake the symptoms. In fact, the Al-Qaeda handbook–as I’ve pointed out many, many times before–recommends recruiting mentally ill, mentally disabled, or otherwise easily discredited individuals for jihad. That’s what they do. That’s what the Detroit Terror Cell did.
How do we know that’s not what happened here? We don’t. And we’ll never know, now that this guy is dead. (BTW, despite that, I’m glad he’s dead–we don’t need endless Nidal Malik Hasan charades with anyone else.)
What do you think really happened here and how and why did it happen again? Are things really as we’re being told with this “deranged” gunman, “not tied to terrorism”?
Tags: Fort Hood, Fort Hood Massacre #2, Ivan Lopez