A letter from a friend:
After reading about the US Army staff sergeant who shot up Afghanistan civilians, I couldn’t help noticing an irony.
There's all this ya-ya that the soldier HAS TO BE brought to trial QUICKLY and then EXECUTE him.
NEVER MIND that he was possibly suffering from a traumatic brain injury. NEVER MIND that he was a staff sergeant with 11 years of service in Iraq and Afghanistan and not some snuff Pfc that was hopped up on drugs with three months in country. NEVER MIND that he was on his fourth tour of combat duty. NEVER MIND that, in all likelihood, he was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) but had never been tested for it.
Similarly, another US soldier, Major Hasan (who shot up Fort Hood while screaming, "Allah Akbar!"*) STILL hasn't stood trial. The suits and white lab coats ARE STILL debating whether Hasan is possibly insane -- even with the CLEAR EVIDENCE regarding his REAL motive: KILL as many INFIDELS as possible.
So, we have a guy in a war zone who cracks, and he's GOT TO BE executed IMMEDIATELY.
But, another US soldier, who happens to be a Muslim psychiatrist -- a doctor who was stateside in a nice, safe office all day -- murders 13 and wounds 29 of our own guys. Hasan's defense counsel is arguing that he suffered PTSD -- from LISTENING to REAL SOLDIERS who had ACTUALLY EXPERIENCED REAL COMBAT.My aching ass!
Two and a half years later, they still haven't tried the sonofabitch.
*ALLAH AKBAR! (from the Urban Dictionary) -- Arabic for, "I love to take it in the ass." Generally shouted by suicide bombers just before they pull the switch.
Suicide Bomber -- "Allah Akbar!" (Explosion)
Bystander -- "Wow, didn't know he was a fag."