In what is likely just a strange coincidence and in no way a defense of Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan’s “alleged” killing of 13 people last week at Fort Hood, the AP just happened to submit this piece today on PTSD:
WASHINGTON (AP) – Powerful scans are letting doctors watch just how the brain changes in veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and concussion-like brain injuries–signature damage of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
It’s work that one day may allow far easier diagnosis for patients–civilian or military–who today struggle to get help for these largely invisible disorders. For now it brings a powerful message: Problems too often shrugged off as “just in your head” in fact do have physical signs, now that scientists are learning where and how to look for them.
You’ve got to hand it to the mainstream media. They sure can control a message, can’t they? It just won’t do to have a bunch of know-nothings out there spouting off half-cocked about PTSD (vicarious or otherwise). Might lead to attention focusing instead on Mr. Hasan’s radical Islamic ties. Which would be bad. Don’t you know that we’re no longer engaged in a global war on terror?
No. We’ve got to “remind” everyone what this is really all about.
Mr. Hasan (not that this article is about him, no, not at all) was damaged goods as a result of these awful wars, don’t you see? Bush’s wars. Haunted by a demon so terrible and devious, it’s invisible.
Which means “Allah” is off the table.
No, this is all about PTSD. The events at Fort Hood had nothing to do with Mr. Hasan’s religion. The ties to the radical mosques, the admissions of sympathy for the 9/11 hijackers, the contacts with al-Qaeda.
Shh. Stop that.
Even if this article was about Mr. Hasan (which it most assuredly is not), we can’t forget that PTSD is the “signature damage” of the Afghan and Iraq wars. The silent devil. Likely to drive a man to do terrible things, such as, perhaps (though this article isn’t even remotely about what happened at Fort Hood last week) the murder of 13 people at a military base on American soil.
While shouting “Allahu Akbar!”
Which would have been totally like, weird.
But in no way indicative of Mr. Hasan’s intentions.
Had this even been an article about Mr. Hasan.
Which it totally is not.