I remember the 2002 D.C. area shootings very well. I remember even hearing the news accounts of the fear these shootings caused while vacationing in St. Thomas. When they finally caught John Allen Muhammad and Lee Malvo, and brought them to justice, there was nationwide relief especially in the D.C. area.
With 9/11, the anthrax mailings, and then the D.C. sniper case, the sense of unease in our nation was palpable. Since late 2002, that unease had given way to a sense of security once again. After 7 years, without a major incident of Islamo-terrorism on our own soil, we once again were lulled into feeling secure in our own nation.
All that blew up in our face last week when an Islamic jihadist shot and killed 13, and wounded 30 others, at Ft. Hood in Texas. Coincidentally, less than a week later, another Muslim shooter was executed for his crimes 7 years ago.
Click here: Defiant DC sniper mastermind Muhammad executed
Now there are reports that Ft. Hood shooter, Nidal Malik Hasan, is awake and talking. If true, I long for the day when he too will face justice for the crimes he has committed.
I am often asked how I can be for the death penalty, and be a Christian. To me the answer is easy: God authorizes government to exercise judgment and justice, including the death penalty. The details for that are for a different day, but that is how I believe.
That our nation has to fight Islamo-terrorists abroad and at home is a sad reality. Maybe this cry of political correctness that the left has been crying since 9/11 will go away. Sometimes profiling is necessary, and as details of Hasan and his past continue to leak, it is apparent that this guy should have been under surveillance.
On another note, yesterday I had a very liberal coworker expressing her consternation over why Hasan wasn't under surveillance. "Someone should be in trouble for this!" she exclaimed. I bit my tongue. I have known her for nearly 3 years, and she has spent that time bashing Bush and Cheney for the patriot act. Her and her ilk should share in that "trouble".