Perhaps this use of Major Hasan, MD, is a satire on liberalism, but it likely is not. A few thoughts from liberal pundit Robert Wright, who argues that Hasan's behavior shows why our wars abroad will lead to more violence on our soil:
"The Fort Hood shooting, then, is an example of Islamist terrorism being spread partly by the war on terrorism."
"The American right and left reacted to 9/11 differently. Their respective responses were, to oversimplify a bit: 'kill the terrorists' and 'kill the terrorism meme.'" [Wright plays off the notion of an Internet meme, while preserving the notion of a belief system.]
"It's true that Major Hasan was unbalanced and alienated -- and, by my lights, crazy. But what kind of people did conservatives think were susceptible to the terrorism meme?"
"That's a reminder that, contrary to right-wing stereotype, Islam isn't an intrinsically belligerent religion."
"The more Americans denigrate Islam and view Muslims in the workplace with suspicion, the more likely the virus is to spread...."
He's partly right on the last point, but the rest is beyond satire. According to Wright, we're in a war against a "meme." In such a struggle, it should please Wright no end that an Internet-savvy post-modern author is our Commander-in-Chief. (Incidentally, that's pronounced "meem"--not "me-me.") The liberal foreign policy chant (or meme) is to think the enemy may be crazy (and therefore unstoppable but not "intrinsically belligerent"). Does Wright stop to think that maybe 9/11 occurred because the terrorists thought we would be psychologically incapable of defending ourselves?