The Chattanooga Shooter, A Sign Of Things To Come?
The nation is reeling from the killing of four military service personnel in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Charged with the crimes is one Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez, a Kuwaiti born citizen, but grew up in the US when his family moved to the US during the Persian Gulf War. This is the second devastating incident regarding a Muslim man opening fire on a base. The question remains, however, is this a sign of things to come?
Just Who Is Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez?
Abdulazeez killed four Marines and injured a police officer and several other individuals. Abdulazeez was killed at the scene and officials are treating the incident as a domestic act of terrorism. All the facts will emerge in the coming days as investigators scour through every aspect of Abdulazeez’s life, which so far shows an accomplished young man in sports and engineering, having gotten his college degree in the science. He had a middle class background and attended the local mosque. His family is reportedly conservative, and outside of a recent run in with the law regarding a driving infraction, he’d not been on the radar as a troublemaker.
The Fort Hood Shooting Incident Of 2009
It was in 2009, November 5, that a mass shooting happened at Fort Hood, Texas. A US Army major psychiatrist named Nidal Malik Hasan, killed 13 people that day and startled the nation. That incident was not classified as a terrorist attack, but one of workplace violence, although many would say otherwise.
President Barack Obama Speaks About The Chattanooga, Tennessee Mass Shootings
What the motivation is for this latest tragedy has yet to emerge, but President Obama, speaking at the White House, stated that investigators would essentially get to the bottom of this incident.
The Big Questions
That all being said, the question remains, is this the beginning of a domestic terrorism surge associated with groups like ISIS? If it is found out that this 24 year-old man was indeed associated with ISIS, it will be a game changer regarding homeland security policy. Here we have a man who was not on the radar of the federal government and slipped in and caused murder and mayhem. Is he alone or part of a cell, now ready to pounce?
Conjecture And Conclusion
Could it be a ploy to garner sympathy for the military so that Obama will charge pell mell into another Middle Eastern war? Some might theorize that and it wouldn’t be too far fetched. What is most important now, however, is to find out why this man committed these crimes and who may have been part of it. If it comes to pass that others are laying in wait to perpetrate more slaughter, the reaction of the American People may not be so forgiving, thus resulting in defensive measures too terrible to imagine.
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