Incident At Fort Hood, An Enemy In The Ranks Of The Us Army

About 2 years  back an incident happened that shook a lot many people. Perhaps even the US Army never expected such an incident to take place.
The Event at Fort Hood
 The event resulted in the death of 13 US soldiers at the US Army base at Fort Hood. A US Army Major named Nidal Hassan, fired indiscriminately at a group of soldiers in Fort Hood, Texas. The Major was shot by 2 police officers and is now paralyzed, but that is hardly any consolation to the 13 American service men that died and another 32 injured. The Major will

probably be punished, but the repercussions for the US army are frightening. It shows that there are people in the US army who have their own agenda dictated by religious fanatics.
Responsibility of the US Armed Forces
The US Army has had a checkered past. Its record is excellent right down from the wars against México, the Red Indians and the two World Wars. But the end of the cold war and the collapse of the Soviet Union resulted in the draft (compulsory military service) being jettisoned and the US army became a volunteer force.
But the responsibility of the US as a global power did not diminish and the need for man power is one of the crying needs of the US armed forces. Perhaps that is the

reason that people like Major Hassan found their way into the Army. The US army also inducted people from the minority communities as well, in the hope that would put America first before their religion. Unfortunately this has not happened.
Watching the Personnel
The fact that Major Nidal was Moslem is only incidental. Because such an incident could be perpetuated by any body. But certainly the authorities have to be vigilant and be on the look out for tell tale signs which show that a particular service man is an disgruntled element. In this case there were many signs which show that perhaps if the authorities had kept a more watchful eye, this carnage may not have taken place.
Last Word
There is certainly a need for the US army to be more circumspect in recruiting such people. If such incidents continue it will be like a stab in the back and the war on terror will suffer. We must remember that no Army can fight a war with disgruntled elements in its ranks. It is like fighting a boxing bout with one arm permanently tied behind ones back.
References
American Jihad the Terrorists living among us by Steven Emerson Publisher Simon and Schuster (2003)
 



Article Written By Madan G Singh

An early retired Gp Capt from Air Force who is an Executive Director in the Corporate world. Loves to write fiction and articles. Published over 60 short stories and his novel" Romance of the Frontier" is published from Notion Books.His second novel is on way for publication. The author also has close to 10,000 articles on the b net with millions of views

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