If not, perhaps many lives would have been saved.

Army psychiatrists at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
who supervised Maj. Nidal M. Hasan’s work as a psychiatric fellow tried
to turn his growing preoccupation with religion and war into something
productive by ordering him to attend a university lecture series on
Islam, the Middle East and terrorism, according to a Walter Reed staff
member familiar with Hasan’s medical training.

The psychiatric staff at Walter Reed did not discuss kicking him out
of the service, according to the staff member. In fact, Hasan was
initially considered a good medical school candidate because he had
spent time as an enlisted soldier and had cared for his siblings after
his parents died, both attributes that supervisors believed indicated
he had a healthy work ethic.

Which is putting sugar-coated language on the facts as they were known.

There was no reason not to grant this man’s pressing requests to be released from the Army. And every reason to investigate his ties to radical Islam.

An important part of military service used to be accountability. It
still is in large part. This is the part that fell through the cracks,
and the astounding part is that no one caught it and stopped it.

He opted to give a bizarre PowerPoint presentation in
which he defended suicide bombing, explaining that non-believers should
be beheaded, be burned alive, and have boiling oil poured down their
throats (presumably not in that order). He argued that all Muslims
should be discharged from the military.

One slide concluded: “We love death more then [sic] you love life!”

According to the Post, the medical staff in attendance was deeply
disturbed by the incident. But there’s apparently no record of anyone’s
reporting it to authorities. That would be insensitive and
discriminatory.

Who’s defining these things?

Sheila Liaugminas

Sheila Liaugminas is an Emmy award-winning Chicago-based journalist in print and broadcast media. Her writing and broadcasting covers matters of faith, culture, politics and the media....