Riz Khan
The aftermath of Fort Hood
What were the motives and how will this impact Muslim communities in the US?
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2009 07:22 GMT

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The motives of Major Nidal Hasan -the US army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people last week in the world's biggest military base, Fort Hood, Texas - remain a mystery.

But the shooting spree has sparked a raging debate across the country.

Was he a "radical Muslim" who suddenly became intent on killing Americans?

Was he desperate to avoid deployment to Afghanistan?

Was he fed up with harassment by fellow soldiers for being Muslim, as his family says?

What are the implications for Muslims in the armed services, and in American society in general?


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Are the shootings a setback for that community, which had started to make some progress in overcoming the suspicions and fears of many Americans after 9/11?

Already, many powerful voices in the US are urging that Hasan be labelled a terrorist, and that Islam be considered a threat.

On Wednesday Riz speaks with Ahmed Rehab, who works with the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and Dahr Jamail, a journalist and author of The Will to Resist: Soldiers Who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This episode of the Riz Khan Show can be seen live on Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 2030GMT with repeats on Thursday at 0030GMT, 0530GMT and 1130GMT.

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