The tragedy at Fort Hood stretches wider than the body count

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Colbert I. King ["Maj. Hasan's Worst Offense," op-ed, Nov. 14] argued that to blame the Fort Hood rampage on Islam "makes about as much sense as condemning Christianity because some leaders of anti-Jewish pogroms in Europe were Christians, or because defenders of slavery and racial segregation could be found in church on Sunday mornings."

I don't know enough about Islam to comment on the first part of his statement, but I do know that priests making references to "Christ-killers" and ministers citing biblical stories to justify slavery and segregation were once part of the church experience. The leaders of anti-Jewish pogroms and the defenders of slavery and racial segregation probably would not have been so brazen had they not felt the support, and even encouragement, of their church communities.

Paul J. Blank, Potomac

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As a fellow veteran, I found Colbert I. King's Nov. 14 op-ed to be a clear analysis of what happened at Fort Hood and what it really means.

One of the attributes of military life is that there is no place for discrimination of any sort, for in combat your life may depend upon the soldier standing next to you. Certainly, this is the ultimate trust.

While we grieve for the victims, families and loved ones of those directly affected by Maj. Nidal M. Hasan's breach of trust, we should realize that all those who serve, or have served, were wounded that day.

Tom Aman, Oak Hill


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