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Towerguard  (Level: 71.8 - Posts: 156)
Thu, 5th Nov '09 6:30 PM


I hope we can all pause for a moment to express our thoughts and condolences for those killed or injured, and their families, at Fort Hood this afternoon. I hope we can also join together in condemning the act and those responsible for it without twisting it into a political ballyhoo because of the name of the shooter.

Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Thu, 5th Nov '09 6:33 PM


Bigmama60  (Level: 95.2 - Posts: 6644)
Thu, 5th Nov '09 6:46 PM

I've been crying since the time It happened.

Goddess28  (Level: 92.6 - Posts: 5235)
Thu, 5th Nov '09 6:46 PM

Awful thing.

Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Thu, 5th Nov '09 8:02 PM

My heart goes out to the families, it is a sad day in the armed forces.

Lynnm  (Level: 236.0 - Posts: 2033)
Thu, 5th Nov '09 8:11 PM

We certainly don't expect our soldiers to be in danger here at home. This is such a horrible event and of course I'm thinking of the families in their shock and grief.

Virtus  (Level: 169.7 - Posts: 2489)
Thu, 5th Nov '09 8:38 PM

A heartbreak for all Americans. My prayers for all involved and their families.

Rev66  (Level: 86.4 - Posts: 85)
Thu, 5th Nov '09 8:57 PM

Prayers are being lifted up for the victims of his unspeakable act, and for their families as well as ourselves. May our tears flow with theirs and bring healing and comfort.

Ladyvol  (Level: 212.2 - Posts: 5649)
Thu, 5th Nov '09 9:16 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the families.

Leaston  (Level: 42.6 - Posts: 839)
Thu, 5th Nov '09 9:31 PM

Mine also

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Thu, 5th Nov '09 11:06 PM

There just are no words after a tragedy like this. Our prayers are also with the victims and their families.

Asor  (Level: 162.1 - Posts: 594)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 10:17 AM

Truly tragic. And also awful--and scary and disturbing--to realize the military kept this guy on as a psychiatrist despite all the red flags. Veteran medical care is notoriously bad, but the idea of this man "treating" soldiers who are in such a vulnerable mental state is utterly horrifying. We owe them so much more than that.

Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 11:32 AM

They are still investigating and he was trying to get out of the Army. They should have honored this request, he was in fear of deployment and I can understand why. Being a muslim in the armed services after 9/11 must have been difficult beyond anything most of us can imagine. He must have had tremendous pressure upon him, it is tragic and right now I blame the military. Sounds like they were not being sensitive to the difficulties of this soldier. He even offered to pay the money back for his medical training to get out of deployment. I am saddened for the families and the horror of this event.

Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4593)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 5:28 PM

I don't know. Huffington Post says there are "thousands and thousands of Muslims" serving in the US armed forces. Would there would be that many Muslims in a 100% volunteer military if it were that difficult for them? I hadn't heard anything before. I would think they volunteered because they love America. Considering this war has been going for much longer than the standard tour of duty, they would have known there was a chance they would deploy to Afghanistan or Iraq when they joined the military. It's a puzzle being put together by the investigators.

All we can do is keep the victims and families of the victims in our thoughts and prayers.

Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 5:33 PM

I don't know either Jan. I am not willing to try and convict and lynch any American soldier on sploofus. I should amend that to a chat forum called Salty Dog on a internet trivia site called Sploofus. Boy I am glad a lot of you aren't on a jury. Do I think he is guilty, of course, do I think he was rational at the time, probably not. Do I want people like you making that decision for our justice system an unqualified h--- no!

Asor  (Level: 162.1 - Posts: 594)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 8:30 PM

What are you talking about?? Such an overreaction.

Who posted anything on this particular thread that would suggest he or she wouldn't be fit to try this man as part of a lawful jury?

Lynch him? Whaaaaa?

I've read and reread this thread and can't for the life of me see anything that would have provoked such an off-the-wall response.

Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1745)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 10:15 PM

I am sorry for the over reaction I was also reading the thread that is similar on TT. I apologize for getting political on this thread. Stephanie

Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4285)
Fri, 6th Nov '09 10:41 PM

It's still pretty early in this, and emotions can be raw. There will be investigations and over time more information will come out.
Flags are flying at half mast here, and these families are not far from my thoughts.

Fudypatootie  (Level: 205.8 - Posts: 1302)
Sat, 7th Nov '09 10:53 AM

My heart goes out to those families. I've been in awe of the stories of heroism in the midst of the chaos. Soldiers, cops, firemen, EMT, first responders....those people are my heroes!!

Asor  (Level: 162.1 - Posts: 594)
Sat, 7th Nov '09 11:10 AM

Stephanie, after I responded to your post, I thought, "Hmmm, wonder if Bobo's really reacting to stuff being posted on TT." I'm glad that's the case--though I'm sorry to hear things have gotten ugly over there (hence my 99.9% avoidance policy).

Thanks so much for clarifying! I thought one of us had gone 'round the bend

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