Friday, May 25, 2012

Life In Prison/Death Sentence

Not much of a life if it must be spent in incarceration.  That represents the prospective future for Naser Jason Abdo, convicted on six charges in connection with a failed plot to blow up a restaurant in Texas crammed full of Fort Hood troops.  He was on a mission of 'justice' to compensate the people of Iraq and Afghanistan for the miseries laid upon them by American forces.

Of whom, incidentally, Naser Jason Abdo was one.  His attack planned for the Fort Hood area came about as a result of his having served as a U.S. serviceman in Afghanistan, and the attack spoke to how he felt about what he saw and experienced there.  "...Because I don't appreciate what my unit did in Afghanistan", he said in explanation of his planned attack.

Evidently he started out as a loyal American.  There is no conscription in the United States of America.  If he went to Afghanistan it was because he chose to join the U.S. military.  And if that was his choice it would have been because he saw that as a calling for a good and loyal American.  Perhaps that loyalty failed to penetrate as deeply as one might have imagined.

War is never pretty.  And Naser Jason Abdo obviously identified far more deeply with Muslim Afghans, whatever their social condition, than he did with his fellow Americans with whom he had shared a way of life and presumably, social values.  As an indication of just how deeply engrained in someone's consciousness fealty to a religion can be in shaping their world view, this is a demonstration of just that in Islam.

It took jurors in U.S. District Court in Waco a tad over an hour before finding Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo guilty of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempted murder of U.S. officers or employees, and four counts of possessing a weapon in furtherance of a federal crime of violence.

Pfc. Abdo, 22 years of age, had absented himself without leave from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and was found at a Killeen motel with the makings of a bomb he had not yet completed.  Along with bomb-making components there was a loaded gun, rounds of ammunition, stun gun and other assorted items in his backpack.

This is by no means the first Fort Hood incident; the first was far more successful for the jihadist who has made it abundantly clear that his reasons to turn against his country were similar to Pfc. Abdo's.  U.S. Army Major, psychiatrist Nidal Malik Hasan of Palestinian descent is charged with thirteen counts of premeditated murder, 32 counts of attempted murder.

On November 5, 2009 he attacked at Fort Hood, the busiest, most populated American military installation in the world just outside Killeen, Texas.  Killing thirteen and wounding twenty-nine other servicemen.  Representing the worst such incident ever to have taken place at an American military base.

Should Major Hasan be convicted on all charges he may be given a death sentence.  Whereas it is not known whether Pcf. Abdo behaved suspiciously and erratically up to the time he was apprehended, Major Hasan most certainly did.  Yet his obvious conversion to fundamentalist Islamism and his startling statements heard by many of his colleagues caused no heads to turn.

Had a serious attempt been made to investigate the man's state of mind and complete immersion in violent Islamist jihadist thinking, a slaughter might have been averted.

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