Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Remembering the Fallen

Today there was a memorial service for those killed at Ft. Hood by one of their own, an Army Psychiatrist, who also happens to be a Muslim. Was religion a factor, it's too soon to say, but it probably contributed, but I don't think it is the cause. It seems as if he was suffering mental illness or at least stressed from conflicts between faith and duty. Could deployment orders have been a trigger? Possibly. What it was not, was an act of organized terrorism, nor was it an attack on the nation. To call it that is to politicize a tragedy. This isn't about Islam either. Some use their religion to justify acts of violence, but let us not tar all Muslims. It's also not about the President, which seems to be the focus of the media.

In time we'll more, but the answers are still being uncovered. Whatever the answers, however, tragedies, whether this one or the women discovered having been killed, are always beyond simple explanation.

Today, therefore is a day to remember the fallen, and to honor their commitment to country, and the lives that were cut short. It is also a time to remember families that grieve their loss. For them, we offer our prayers.

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