Hasan's weirdness went unreproted for fear of being called a Islamaphobe
FORT Hood killer Major Nidal Malik Hasan expressed political views that troubled his fellow soldiers, but may not have been reported for fear of them being accused of anti-Muslim feeling.Even one of his fellow Muslims said, "There is something wrong with you." Yet know one was willing to talk with his chain of command and it is probable that if they had, they would have been the ones under suspicion. Political correctness and diversity can do that to an organization like the Army.
But in the months leading up to shooting spree that also left 29 people wounded, Hasan raised eyebrows with comments that the war on terror was "a war on Islam" and wrestled with what to tell fellow Muslim solders who had their doubts about fighting in Islamic countries.
Hasan reportedly jumped on a desk and shouted "Allahu akbar!" – Arabic for "God is great!" – before Thursday's attack.
"The system is not doing what it's supposed to do," said Dr Val Finnell, who complained to administrators at a military university about what he considered Hasan's "anti-American" rants. "He at least should have been confronted about these beliefs, told to cease and desist, and to shape up or ship out."
Finnell studied with Hasan from 2007-8 in the master's programme in public health at the military's Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, where Hasan persistently complained about perceived anti-Muslim sentiment in the military and injected his politics into courses where they had no place.
"In retrospect, I'm not surprised he did it," Finnell said of the shootings. "I had real questions about what his priorities were, what his beliefs were."