[The following was sent to President Barack Obama via the White House contact page.]
Dear President Obama:
I’m writing to express support for the way you are handling the Fort Hood massacre committed by Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan. On the one hand, the United States military must be vigilant about Islamic terrorism, but on the other hand, the United States cannot afford to give the impression that it is against Islam or its own Muslim citizens. The rhetoric in the media in response to the Fort Hood massacre has too often called on non-Muslim Americans to be suspicious of of their Muslim compatriots. Tragically, this rhetoric sometimes spills over into hate speech and calls to violence against Muslim Americans.
Therefore, President Obama, I support your call for an investigation of the indecent, of Maj. Hasan’s prior history, and of any negligence by the U.S. army or intelligence. I am also grateful that you are not fanning the flames of the religious issue either by condemning Islamic terror on American soil nor by apologizing for it by saying something to the effect of “Hasan doesn’t speak for all of Islam.” I hope the investigation is successful and that the government learns how it can prevent a tragedy of this magnitude in the future.
Sherman Oaks, CA
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