It’s not enough for them that he shouted “Allahu akbar!” before he started shooting. After all, they know that Islam is a Religion of Peaceâ„¢ and that jihad is an interior spiritual struggle. “At Hearing on Fort Hood Attack, Few Clues,” by James C. McKinley, Jr., for the New York Times, October 15 (thanks to Sayid):
FORT HOOD, Tex. — Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, with a blanket draped over his shoulders and a watch cap pulled low over his dark eyes, listened impassively in recent days as several survivors of his murderous rampage a year ago rose and pointed to him as the gunman who had shot them.
No emotion or hint of the defendant’s thoughts flickered across his pale features, as more than two dozen other soldiers and civilians spoke under oath about their struggle to survive in the terrifying minutes after he yelled “Allahu akbar!” — “God is great” in Arabic — and started shooting. He sank low in his wheelchair — he is paralyzed from the waist down after the police shot him to end his shooting attack on Nov. 5 — and stared intensely at the witnesses. At times he made small, precise notes on a legal pad, but he said nothing to his lawyers….
Yet the gunman and his motive remain an enigma. And there were few clues about what sort of defense Major Hasan, a 40-year-old Army psychiatrist, would mount in the face of such overwhelming evidence….
The lead defense attorney, John Galligan, has left open the possibility he might mount an insanity defense, yet he blocked a mental evaluation of his client a week before the hearing, saying that Major Hasan was not given enough notice….
Start acting crazy, Nidal!
Over three days, more than two dozen witnesses at the hearing described how Major Hasan shouted “Allahu akbar!” and then opened fire with a laser-guided handgun at a crowd of soldiers as they waited to see medical staff members before deployment. He gunned down one man who tried to hit him with a chair and chased another soldier out of the building to shoot him, witnesses said….