This article expresses exactly what my own sentiments were about the Fort Hood tragedy. When this one lunatic, who happens to be Muslim, killed so many of his army brothers and sisters, I felt for the thousands of Muslim soldiers in the Army, Navy, Air Force, etc who are now going to have to take flack for their religion (as well as the poor soldiers who happened to die by the hands of their own comrade and not even in the deadly war, of course). Animals like Major Nidal Hasan blemish Islam just by using their OWN desire for killing people and justifying their personal desires with a naturally peaceful religion. Muslim extremists and Muslims might as well belong to two different religions, to me. Smh.
General George Casey Jr., the Army chief of staff, said on Sunday that he was concerned that speculation about the religious beliefs of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, accused of killing 12 fellow soldiers and one civilian and wounding dozens of others in a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, could “cause a backlash against some of our Muslim soldiers.”
“I’ve asked our Army leaders to be on the lookout for that,” General Casey said in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union. “It would be a shame — as great a tragedy as this was — it would be a shame if our diversity became a casualty as well.”
“A diverse Army gives us strength,” General Casey, who visited Fort Hood Friday, said on “This Week.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican of South Carolina, and Sen. Jack Reed, a Democrat of Rhode Island, took also pains on Sunday to say that Muslims have served honorably in the military and at risk to their lives.
“At the end of the day this is not about his religion — the fact that this man was a Muslim,” Senator Graham said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”
“To those members of the United States military who are Muslims, thank you for protecting our nation, thank you for standing up against the people who are trying to hijack your religion.”