You Down With PPTSD?

"YOU can always tell when something bad has happened involving a follower of the Islamic faith. The big hint is that Islam isn't mentioned", Tim Blair writes. Instead, Tim notes that the legacy media have so twisted their pre-existing narrative for Nidal Hasan's motives into a pretzel -- hold the logic -- so convoluted that they've had to invent a new malady: pre-post traumatic stress disorder:

The [Australian Broadcasting Corporation's] first significant report on the atrocity, presented at midday on Friday by Washington correspondent Lisa Millar, avoided any mention of the killer's faith beyond references to his "family background".

Somehow, Millar kept this up for nearly eight minutes. With those dodging skills, you'd back her to emerge bone dry after walking the entire length of a car wash.

By this stage, we already knew, via US television interviews with the killer's cousin, that Hasan was "a pious lifelong Muslim".

This minor point was quickly shoved aside by force of media consensus, which quickly settled on another, apparently more obvious, cause of Hasan's deadly rage.

"A link to PTSD?" asked the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "Thursday's deadly rampage raises a red flag over the issue of combat stress.

"The most common disorder linked to combat stress is post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which can develop after exposure to one or more traumatic events that threatened or caused great physical harm."

Media worldwide grabbed hold of this helpful non-Islamic excuse with the same gasping desperation as a chain- smoking asthmatic reaching for his Ventolin inhaler.

One small problem: Major Hasan hadn't spent a single millisecond in combat. Instead, he'd been based for his whole military career in the US, where lately he counselled troops returning from combat. He had no traumatic stress to be post of.

This technicality was dismissed by London's Guardian newspaper, which invented a malady: post-traumatic stress disorder by proxy.

"Someone listening day after day to troops describing the tension and carnage in Iraq and Afghanistan could end up as damaged as those facing combat at first hand," the Guardian claimed.

This is an interesting theory, especially considering Hasan had been in that role only since July.

Agence France-Presse signed on to it, too, reporting that Fort Hood was rife with speculation "as to whether the alleged shooter had snapped under the pressure of his job counselling thousands of war-weary troops".

I don't buy that for one minute, unless the report refers to certain journalists gathered at Fort Hood. Soldiers tend to be more sensible.

All of this served to minimise, for whatever timid purpose, the possible role of Hasan's religion. Sadly for trauma theorists, his history of agitated Islamism soon began to seep through the media filter.

Read the whole thing -- and don't miss the punch line of Tim's article, which a reminder that it is indeed the 21st century.