Reflections on Fort Hood Tragedy
1. Mental and emotional breakdown
He probably heard lots of horror stories from the returning soldiers which impacted upon him and he broke down mentally and emotionally may primarily be due to cumulative stress buildup to the threshold levels that could no longer be contained and in part also because most often there is little care for the care givers.
2. Conflict in belief Systems
Because of his religious beliefs which tended towards orthodox Islam, he was also conflicted in view of the fact that he would have to be in a fighting army in deadly combat with people who belonged to the same faith he professed. This psychological pressure to perform tasks that conflicted with his belief system produced a stress reaction resulting in this tragedy.
3. Suicidal / Homicidal response
Desperation, and inability to cope and conflicting belief systems seem to have pushed him over the edge, resulting in oblivion complex in which the person creates a world of reality where life became a burden they can’t bear anymore. Anger mixed with suicidal tendencies leads to homicidal revenge response.
In the aftermath of this tragedy there are some other consideration that would have to taken into account. Some of these considerations are:
1. The morale of the soldiers
2. The role of Muslim soldiers in the army
3. The sorrow of the 600 families impacted by the incident
4. Guilt of the survivors
5. Dealing with the accused and lessons learned from this incident
Om Prakash, Ph.D., P.C.