Were the Fort Hood shootings an act of terrorism, or a random case of workplace violence?
Appearances can be perilously deceiving, especially if Americans do not look any further than Nidal Malik Hasan's Palestinian descent, his Muslim affiliation, his Middle Eastern-style clothing, and reports of his having shouted out "Allahu Akbar," an expression of praise to God, before allegedly gunning down dozens of soldiers. Superficially, the Fort Hood rampage looks like terrorism.
Hasan's murder spree appears, however, to be much more about seeking vengeance for personal mistreatment than spreading terror to advance a political agenda. In many respects the Fort Hood massacre stands as a textbook case of workplace murder, even though a military base would seem to be an unusual location. Such a crime would seem more likely to occur inside an office building, such as in Friday's shooting spree in Orlando...
On Tuesday 11/17/09 - 12:13:39 PM marc780 wrote: the guy was motivated by islam, plus cowardice, thus it was terrorism, they will murder the shooter guy and thats fine with me, he deserves lots of torture first then death.
I agree that it was an act of terrorism, but... because he is Muslim any violence committed by him must therefore be terrorism?