Friday, November 6, 2009

Condolences and Tribute of Honor for the Fort Hood Victims

"My prayers are with the survivors and families, friends, and colleagues of the victims of the shootings."  God proclaims that He will console all who mourn in their time of trouble when they turn to Him.

"May we sincerely pray for the souls of our leaders on behalf of our nation, to admit our dependence upon Him and to seek God’s favor to bring peace to hearts that are perplexed and filled with despair. For He alone is our hope in times of trouble."  Franklin Graham

Thirteen people died at Fort Hood. They are:
Michael Cahill, Libardo Caraveo, Justin DeCrow, John Gaffaney, Frederick Greene, Jason Hunt, Amy Krueger, Aaron Nemelka, Michael Pearson, Russell Seager, Francheska Velez, Juanita Warman, Kham Xiong.

Flags at the White House and all federal buildings will fly at half-staff until Veterans Day to honor the Fort Hood victims. U.S. Military bases worldwide went silent Friday. 

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates directed the observance at the Defense Department for the 13 people who died and the 30 others who were injured in Thursday's attack, the Pentagon said.

"These are soldiers who were preparing to do what they love for the country that they love," Army Secretary John McHugh said during a news conference at the base. "The Army family is strong. A great source of that strength is what we derive from each other."

Rick Perry has requested that flags be flown at half mast until Sunday.

"Todd and I would like to offer our condolences to the families of the victims of the tragic shooting today at Fort Hood. Our thoughts and prayers will be with them." - Sarah Palin

Former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura secretly visited Fort Hood on November 6 to spend "considerable time" consoling those who were wounded in the shooting spree.  The Bushes entered and departed the sprawling military facility in secret, having told the base commander they did not want press coverage of their visit.

The White House was notified immediately after news broke out about the shooting at the Fort Hood Army post in Texas. The President spoke about the incident during a previously scheduled appearance.

There appeared in his demeanor and speech to be no sympathy or compassion for the victims. He was light and breezy in his introductory remarks as he thanked various staffers and gave a shout-out to “Dr. Joe Medicine Crow — that Congressional Medal of Honor winner.”

Then he got around to addressing the shooting spree, calling it "tragic" and "a horrific outburst of violence" as he continually checked his notes to express his feelings.

Obama has cautioned us not to jump to conclusions. Here are facts: "Hasan is a life long Muslim, was an officer in the U.S. Army, and he didn't want to be deployed in defense of the USA, but chose rather to shout "Allahu Akbar" when he opened fire with two weapons on unarmed Patriots at Ft. Hood, TX" 

He had tried days earlier to rally others to his cause that muslims should not fight muslims.

Ralph Peters, New York Post:

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