WTOC EDITORIAL SALUTE
Unbelievably, the 2009
nightmare at Army post Fort Hood was replayed this week, by another shooter,
this time resulting in four soldiers dead, including the gunman, and 16
wounded. Fewer casualties than the
Hassan rampage, but pain, heartbreak, and loss for the families impacted, all
the same. Rather than a repeat of 2009's
Islamic terrorist attack, this carnage is reportedly not terrorist related, but
rather due to a soldier said to be undergoing treatment for mental health
This devastating incident
freshens our memory about at least two issues. Although apparently not a direct
factor in this incident, never-the-less, there is the reality of
more-than-a-decade of foreign wars, and its mental and physical impact on many
thousands of brave military members.
With the resulting wider impact and responsibility on the rest of us to effectively-care
for these men and women, over the long-term, no matter the cost. Short efforts won't do it. This is a decades-long proposition.
The second issue, raised again, is whether the policy against regular military members being armed on post should be seriously reviewed. Seems ironic that the men and women we train to defend us, are unable to defend themselves within their own installations. Whether fueled by a terror-fanatic, or a mental issue, lives could, it seems, be saved by a faster response at the point of attack. Bottom line: We mourn the losses, especially in an environment that should be the safest, and pay tribute to those un-named heroes at Fort Hood whose courageous actions doubtless saved other lives.