• Actions raise terrorist threat
    September 09,2013
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    Actions raise

    terrorist threat

    Last month, Army Major Dr. Nidal Malik Hasan, who is a practicing Muslim, was convicted at court-martial for his deadly 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood in Texas. Pending appeals, he has been sentenced to death.

    During the trial, he would not cooperate with his own lawyers and ended up representing himself. But, his admitting guilt, his lack of questioning witnesses, or calling any of his own, point toward his desire to be executed: his wish to become a martyr.

    Currently, President Obama is seeking approval from the U.S. Congress, and backing from foreign nations, for a military strike on Syria. It is his hope to send the message that the world will not tolerate the use of poisonous gas as a weapon in conflicts, civil or otherwise.

    It is my fear that, if the United States shells Syria and if Major Hasan is indeed executed (instead of being imprisoned for life), Islamic extremists will see these actions as immediate justification for another terrorist attack on American soil.

    SUSAN BEARD

    Rutland
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