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Friday, November 6, 2009

Between the Lines

Posted By on 11.06.09 at 12:38 AM

Something like this has been in almost every story I've read about the Ft. Hood shootings:

In a post on the website scribd.com that appears to be from May, a writer named "NidalHasan" likened a suicide bomber to a soldier who jumps on a grenade to save the lives of his fellow officers in that both were sacrificing their lives "for a more noble cause."

That cause, he wrote, "is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers. If one suicide bomber can kill 100 enemy soldiers because they were caught off guard that would be considered a strategic victory. Their intention is not to die because of some despair. The same can be said for the Kamikazees in Japan."

The Scribd.com page is here. The unedited comment is below. You may find it less inflamatory in the original:

There was a grenade thrown amongs a group of American soldiers. One of the soldiers, feeling that it was to late for everyone to flee jumped on the grave with the intention of saving his comrades. Indeed he saved them. He inentionally took his life (suicide) for a noble cause i.e. saving the lives of his soldier. To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. Its more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause. Scholars have paralled this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives, is to help save Muslims by killing enemy soldiers. If one suicide bomber can kill 100 enemy soldiers because they were caught off guard that would be considered a strategic victory. Their intention is not to die because of some despair. The same can be said for the Kamikazees in Japan. They died (via crashing their planes into ships) to kill the enemies for the homeland. You can call them crazy i you want but their act was not one of suicide that is despised by Islam. So the scholars main point is that "IT SEEMS AS THOUGH YOUR INTENTION IS THE MAIN ISSUE" and Allah (SWT) knows best.

I'm as heavy a news consumer as exists, and, honestly: I can wait for the "why" until someone gets it straight (especially after it turned out the suspect wasn't, as it was reported for hours, actually dead). The story is terrible enough as it is without professionals giving the most inflamatory possible spin to opaque Web comments that may or may not have been written by the suspect, and fueling the Facebook and Twitter shouting matches that have conveniently been embedded into news Web sites for the horror of people like me who have enough trouble pretending that the world is not so bad that I can't leave the house:

"Doesnt this sick act go along with the theory of Muslims taking over America from with in? Just a thought."

That was on the ABC News live Facebook feed, on the homepage, just a couple minutes ago. A difficult day to be a Web professional, a reader, and a person.

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