Letter to the Editor: Psychiatrist thought it was OK to kill soldiers


We read that Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who murdered 13 people and wounded 29 others after shouting “Allahu akbar!” at Fort Hood in 2009, has been approved to act as his own attorney in his upcoming trial. This means he will be allowed to call and question as witnesses the 29 victims who survived his attempt to kill them. His defense will be “not guilty by reason of defense of others,” meaning the Taliban, whom we have been fighting in Afghanistan since 2011.

Radical Islam maintains that, by definition, there is no such thing as a bad Muslim or a good infidel. Allah has infinite love and mercy for all worthy humans, which means exclusively Muslims. He despises the infidels, especially the Great Satan. While the Ten Commandments are an essential component of Islam, they apply only to Muslims: it is not murder to kill infidels, nor stealing to plunder from them, nor bearing false witness to lie to them. All infidels are subhuman and unworthy of Allah’s concern, unless they should convert to Islam.

Nidal’s defense will be that he was perfectly justified in slaughtering as many American soldiers as possible, because he was protecting the Taliban — Muslims all. According to his defense, mowing down Americans by the dozen is morally identical to spraying mosquitos which might carry disease. It is not necessary to prove that each mosquito killed is an imminent danger to human beings, but merely that collectively they pose a threat to the well-being of humanity.

Nidal’s right to defend himself in open court this way has been won by the blood and sacrifice of thousands of American military veterans just like the 42 he shot in 2009. What a great country that raised him!

Guy E. Miller, Woodstock