Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Fort Hood

When I heard about the tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas, last Thursday, I was shocked and saddened by what had happened.

Little did I know at the time that I had recently met one of the wounded soldiers. Back in October I had the opportunity to meet a woman named Joy. I did not get the opportunity to talk to her much, but she seemed like a very nice person. Apparently soon thereafter she deployed to Fort Hood, and was one of those shot by the gunman.

Yesterday she had surgery to repair the shattered bone in her arm, and I am glad to report that she is recovering well.

My thoughts go out to the families and friends of all the victims.


Anonymous said...

what you need to realize is this just a drop in bucket. A human being dies from hunger ever 3.6 seconds.

The gunman from Fort Hood put forth a request that Muslim US soldiers be able to be conscientious objectors rather than be deployed in the middle East.

Rather than mourning the lives of a handful of people, which by history's standards seems unnoticeable, and realize the larger problem of intensified industrial urban life style that drives people to psychopathic rampages.

Ubberdorc said...

Anonymous -
You going to make a post like that to someone who is not denouncing anyone.

All he said is that his thoughts go out to the families and friends of all the victims.

I am not going to say anything else about your "opinion" other than - maybe if we mourn a handfull of people we are less likely to put a "bucket full" in harms way.

suneokun said...

Anonymous ... you have a point, but is this really the time?

It's a very sad tragedy, and from the sounds of it a mistake in the making ... it is especially shocking that these soldiers died in such a needless way, and that their families, believing their loved ones safely in camp, would have taken this all the harder.

The US Military does need to pay closer attention to the impact of the previous administrations attitude towards muslims. Especially when those attitudes may switch down to rancor and xenophobia in the ranks.

This man had clearly lost his way and floundered without effective support in the US military ... hence his reported behaviour prior to this attack seems a call for help. The danger is that many people are like this and commit suicide every day, the difference is when the inidividual is a highly trained soldier, has access to weaponry and has been tapped up in their vulnerable state by a radical cleric. Giving him all the reasons.

The step from suicide to suicidal is small.

That said, my thoughts are with Joy in her recovery and the families of those even less lucky than her. A sad day.