For starters, here’s my take on Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s rampage at Fort Hood:
There’s no evidence so far that he was part of a conspiracy. There’s no evidence that any jihadi fighter put him up to the killings. Exchanging e-mails with a radical imam in Yemen doesn’t cut it. There’s no evidence that the military or FBI was negligent in not questioning him for his contacts with a radical Muslim cleric in Yemen. (A Nor is there evidence that he acted with the thought of changing his upcoming deployment to Afghanistan or any broader U.S. policy.
There is, however, plenty of evidence that Hasan was a deeply troubled man with bizarre ideas, largely living in isolation from others. Add to that mixture Hasan’s fascination with radical Islam and you can begin to understand how he was able to carry out this unprovoked, murderous rampage.
I recall covering the case of young Joe Corcoran in Fort Wayne. Acquitted at 16 of murdering his parents, eight years later, he turned an automatic rifle on his older brother and three friends at his sister’s home. Joe, later assessed as paranoid schizophrenic, explained, “I thought they were talking about me.”
A sick mind can explain a lot of the world’s evil.