Ft. Hood-Columbine Parallels: A Culture Of Honor?


Commentators are seeeking parallels, if any, between the massacres at Ft. Hood, Tx., and those at Columbine High School and Virginia Tech. Jeff Kass, author of “Columbine: A True Story,” notes shooter Malik Nadal Hasan’s Virginia roots and cites the southern “culture of honor,” which “allows people to believe that if they have been slighted – if their honor has been violated – that it is OK to retaliate with violence. It is similar to the idea of taking the law into your own hands.” Hasan was allegedly harassed by fellow soldiers for being of Muslim descent.

Dave Cullen, author of “Columbine,” writes for Newsweek that, “If we have learned anything from these tragedies, is that we won't get a firm handle on why for weeks, months or even years.” He says the Columbine killers' journals, the most revealing evidence, were released in 2006, more than seven years after the murders. Contrary to wide belief, the Columbie shootings were not about “jocks, Goths and the Trench Coat Mafia.” He concludes: “Most shooters do not fit the profile we have come to accept, because no accurate profile exists.”

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