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Fort Hood conspiracy theories need critical, questioning receptions

Sunday, November 8, 2009 | 2:07 p.m. CST; updated 2:07 p.m. CST, Monday, November 9, 2009

“Muslim, psychiatrist, gun. Enough said.” Veterans Today, Nov. 5, 2009.

Gordon Duff, staff writer and senior editor of Veterans Today, and my e-mail “buddy,” is a hoot to read. His stories of conspiracy are currently my favorite. Gordon has 9/11 conspiracies, Afghan, Iran and Iraq conspiracies, and the list goes on. Fortunately, not all of his readers take the same extreme stance. Some even appear to be voices of reason, but these voices are few and far between.

Gordon’s article was posted a few hours after the killings at Fort Hood, Texas, were reported by the national news. I do agree with his assessment of the act itself – this was an act of terrorism.

However, if you read carefully you will find that Gordon is possibly not only a true anti-Semitic but may also be prejudiced against Muslims, all of the Arab nations, Iranians, Iraqis and most of the North African nations. Perhaps he is anti-government, just choosing which has angered him the most that day. Ah, an anarchist at his best.

Gordon trusts no one but himself. “The most important thing for us (the readers) to realize is that this (Veterans Today) is the only straight talk you are going to get.  Every word (from the government) from here on will be a lie.”

The problem with VT and other conspiracy sites is they feed off each other, provide no support or proofs, and the “conspiracies” are easily debunked. However, because the government and all of its cronies and agents lie, believe no one.

One responder, Robert Laity, wrote, “‘WE are at war with Islam’: http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/2009/E9-2488.htm.

Pull up his reference and you read that President Obama is providing $20.3 million to aid the “humanitarian needs of the Palestinian refugees and conflict victims in Gaza.”

That does not sound like we are at war with Islam. Quite the contrary.

It is nice to know that Gordon’s sole target is not just bleeding-heart liberals. It is everyone associated with, well, almost anything. He even refers to our former vice president as “ChaneyBusyChimp.” How cute.

If it were so easy for the government to cover up its wrongs, then Nixon and Agnew would have remained in Washington, D.C., until Jan. 20, 1976. Clinton would not have been impeached because he really did not “have sexual relations with that woman.” We would have never known that J. Edgar Hoover liked to put on party dresses in public. Or did he?

Yes Gordon, “the truth is out there,” but without a fair and open investigation, as well as some very good critical thinking, even (or especially) your commentary needs to be questioned.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan is, for the time being and until proven otherwise, an American soldier and citizen that for reasons still unknown killed and wounded 43 of his fellow soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas. At the time of this writing, we know little more.

Do not convict anyone until you have all of the evidence that can be recovered. Simply saying “Muslim, psychiatrist, gun” does not immediately make Maj. Hasan an extreme-Islamic terrorist.

Enough said.

David Rosman is an award-winning editor, writer, professional speaker and college instructor in communications, ethics, business and politics.  Read his blog at InkandVoice.wordpress.com.  He welcomes your comments at ProfDave1011@netscape.net.


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Jason Bolt February 3, 2011 | 11:53 p.m.

I am proud to be an American and according to my heritage my blood has been on this land longer than our "fore- fathers". It could be that my blood is the root of my distaste for the current affairs of my country's government.
I will restrict this comment to the reason I got off my but and seeked a way to express my oppinion of the trial for the man that killed thirteen people and injured twice as many at Ft Hood. WHY IS THERE A TRIAL IS THERE A CHANCE HE MIGHT BE INNOCENT? How does any of the time and expense make any sense? How about the families of those killed who would love to have some closure? ASK ANY OF THOSE PEOPLE AND I AM SURE YOU WILL FIND A WILLING PERSON TO PULL THEIR OWN TRIGGER. You know exactly what I'm saying, who ever you are. I'll be back

I will state from the start that all I kkow of current cituations is from the media. I have no political affiliation. I do not vote because I do not sufficiently educate myself enough to install a rational oppinoion.

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Chip Leaver February 4, 2011 | 12:56 a.m.

Jason stated: "I do not vote because I do not sufficiently educate myself enough to install a rational oppinoion".

You really didn't need to tell us that as it is quite obvious in your post, but I just have to wonder if you are for real or just pulling our legs...but in any case, the reason that there should be a trial is because it is the law of the land and a very big part of what makes this nation what it is. If we were to abandon fair trials for one, that would be a very slippery slope indeed my friend, because it would mean that we could abandon that same right for other citizens. I'm sure that you've heard the old saying of "give them an inch and they will take a mile". That also applies to our rights.

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