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Tanten til Nidal Hasan mener han ble mobbet pga sin tro etter 9/11. Hun har følgende forklaring: «Noen kan ta det, andre ikke.» Det var mao de andres skyld.

In an interview, his aunt, Noel Hasan of Falls Church, said he had endured name-calling and harassment about his Muslim faith for years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and had sought for several years to be discharged from the military.

«I know what that is like,» she said. «Some people can take it, and some cannot. He had listened to all of that, and he wanted out of the military, and they would not let him leave even after he offered to repay» for his medical training.

Tanten forteller om en meget spesiell person. Igjen forsøker hun å finne unnskyldninger for at han forsøkte å drepe så mange som mulig av sine kolleger. Hvis han ble opprørt over hva de hadde gjennomgått, var det naturlig?

Militæret var hans liv, sier hun, likevel ville han ut. Det henger ikke sammen.

He had been affected by the physical and mental injuries he saw while working as a psychiatrist at Walter Reed for nearly eight years, according to his aunt. «He must have snapped,» Noel Hasan said. «They ignored him. It was not hard to know when he was upset. He was not a fighter, even as a child and young man. But when he became upset, his face turns red.» She said Hasan had consulted with an attorney about getting out of the service.

On the rare occasions when he spoke of his work in any detail, the aunt said, Hasan told her of soldiers wracked by what they had seen. One patient had suffered burns to his face so intense «that his face had nearly melted,» she said. «He told us how upsetting that was to him.»

Hasan «did not make many friends» and «did not make friends fast,» his aunt said. He had no girlfriend and was not married. «He would tell us the military was his life,» she said.

Faren til Nidal var palestiner fra Vestbredden som kom til USA som 16-åring.

Malik Hasan spent most of his life in Virginia, moving to the Roanoke area in the mid-1980s. He became a successful restaurateur in Vinton, a small railroad town of about 7,800 just east of Roanoke. His businesses included the Capitol, a well-known blue-collar beer hall on Market Street, the Mount Olive Grill and Bar and the Community Grocery on Elm Avenue. The Hasans lived in a quiet neighborhood of brick ramblers on Ramada Road. Many in the Roanoke Valley who knew Nidal Hasan said their lasting impression was that he was highly intelligent, and somewhat introverted. Thomas O. Sitz, an associate professor of biochemistry at Virginia Tech, where Hasan graduated in 1995, said he was «one of our better students,» if not a memorable one.

Det er en interessant utvikling: faren sliter og gjør det godt. Sønnen er innadvendt, vanskelig og blir religiøs og radikal med årene.

Han hadde problemer med kvinner:

A co-worker at Walter Reed said Hasan would not allow his photo to be taken with female co-workers, which became an issue during Christmas season when employees often took group photos. Co-workers would find a solo photo of Hasan and post it on the bulletin board without his permission.

Hasan ville gjerne bli gift, men han krevde at en fremtidig kone måtte be fem ganger om dagen, og det var få tilbud, sier den tidligere imamen ved moskeen hvor han pleide å be.

Nidal Hasan steered clear of female colleagues, co-workers said. Despite his devout religious practices, listed himself in Army records as having no religious preference.

A longtime Walter Reed colleague who referred patients to psychiatrists said co-workers avoided sending service members to Hasan because of his unusual manner and solitary work habits.

Hasan drev iherdig våpentrening.

p. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.) told reporters after a briefing on the shootings that Hasan «took a lot of advanced training in shooting.»

Allah Akbar!

Fort Hood commander, said that Major Hasan is in stable condition but has not yet been interrogated. Mr. Lauer said that a relative of one of the witnesses to the shooting said that Major Hasan shouted «Allahu akbar» («God is great») during the rampage. Gen. Cone said that «there are first-hand accounts here from soldiers that are similar to that.»

Suspect, devout Muslim from Va., wanted Army discharge, aunt said