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Tom Friedman on the Terrorist "Narrative"

An unusually common sense piece from Tom Friedman in the NY Times. He takes up a question that many of us would consider common sensical but which most of his compatriots in the media have been willfully ignoring, the terrorist motivation of Nidal Hassan.

Here’s my take: Major Hasan may have been mentally unbalanced — I assume anyone who shoots up innocent people is. But the more you read about his support for Muslim suicide bombers, about how he showed up at a public-health seminar with a PowerPoint presentation titled “Why the War on Terror Is a War on Islam,” and about his contacts with Anwar al-Awlaki, a Yemeni cleric famous for using the Web to support jihadist violence against America — the more it seems that Major Hasan was just another angry jihadist spurred to action by “The Narrative.”

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