The Man Who Shot Nidal Hasan

It’s funny that the commenter sagman at did a take-off on the Army and Nidal Hasan based on the song written for the movie The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, because there’s an even closer connection between that movie and Hasan: the whole world’s misconception about who shot him. The central idea of the movie is that everyone believes that the idealistic greenhorn lawyer played by James Stewart shot the murderous gunslinger Liberty Valance; the James Stewart character himself believes it, since he fired his revolver in Valance’s direction and Valance went down (as you can see in this clip which includes both the moment of the shooting and the song sung by Gene Pitney). But in fact, as James Stewart learns later, it was the John Wayne character, standing unseen in the distance, who shot Liberty Valance, thereby saving James Stewart’s life.

Similarly, the whole world, including, apparently, Kimberly Munley herself, believed that the five foot two inch Munley felled the mass murdering jihadist of Fort Hood and ended his rampage, because she had, apparently (though accounts differ on this) fired in his direction and he went down, and only days later did we learn that Mark Todd, who had been virtually ignored in the initial news reports, was the Man Who Shot Nidal Hasan.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at November 14, 2009 11:15 AM | Send

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