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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, NOVEMBER 20. 2009 PAGE 9A By Gloria Yousha m Call 407-657-9405 or 407-834-8787 What is happening in the world?... Using horrific events that happened recently, one right here in Orlando. I wonder what is going on? Also I wonder if people are getting away with things...does the punish- ment fit the crime? Etc. Maybe the saying "Crime does not pay" should be changed? How about the former astronaut getting no jail time for attempted murder? Or a wife trying to extort money from her spouse by s~taging her own kidnapping? The list goes on and on. The man tryingto blackmail a television star...will his defense lawyer put such a spin on things that he will walk? The pilot who tried to fly a cross-Atlantic flight while drunk? A rapist who is back on the streets to offend again? I am becoming so cynical that l fear the shooter at Fort Hood. Texas, and the shooter here in Orlando will get off with just a slap on the wrist. This report is from the Associated Press: As if going off to war. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan cleaned out his apartment, gave leftover frozen broccoli to one neighbor and called another to thank him for his friend- ship...common courtesies and routines of the departing soldier. Instead, authorities say, he went on the killing spree that left 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, dead. A recent classmate said Hasan once gave a jarring presentation to students in which he argued the war on terrorism was a war against Islam, and "made himself a lightning rod for things" when he felt his religious beliefs were challenged. Investigators were trying to piece together how and why Hasan allegedly gunned down his comrades in the worst case of violence on a military base in the U.S. The rampage unfolded at a center where some 300 unarmed soldiers were lined up for vaccines and eye tests. Soldiers reported that the gunman shouted 'Allahu Akbar!'. an Arabic phrase for God is great! before opening fire. This report is from Cable News Network: "Investigators believe the suspected gunman in the recent massacre at Fort Hood acted alone, but his communications had been flagged by U.S. intelligence agencies in late 2008, the FBI said. The suspect, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, remained in intensive care at Brooke Army Medical Center in San An- tonio, Texas. In a statement issued recently, the FBI said its investigation so far 'indicates that the alleged gunman acted alone and was not part of a broader terrorist plot.' The shooting left 13 dead, 12 of them U.S. soldiers, and 42 wounded. Hasan, a U.S.-born citizen of Palestinian descent, was a licensed psychiatrist who joined the Army in 1997. He was promoted to major in May and was scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan sometime soon, but had been telling his family that he wanted to get out of the military. The FBI disclosed that Hasan came to its attention as part of an unrelated terrorism probe in December 2008, when agents reviewed certain communications between Maj. Hasan and the subject of that investigation. The intercepts 'raised no red flags,' (there were plenty of red flags but because the subject was Muslim, no one wanted to appear against him) with no mention of threats or violence that would have triggered a U.S. terrorism investigation, senior investiga- tive officials said. Hasan, 39, was wounded several times during the attack. Though still in intensive care, his ventilator was removed and he began talking afterwards. Federal agents attempted to interview Hasan but he refused to cooperate and asked for an attorney. (Once he gets with a defense lawyer, just watch the spin.) U.S. military officials said intelligence agencies intercepted communications between Hasan and Anwar al-Awlaki, a former imam at the Dar A1-Hijrah Islamic Center in Falls Church, Va. A1-Awlaki, who left the United States in 200~ and is living in Yemen, was the subject of several federal investigations dating back to the late 1990s, but was never charged. Military officials told that intelligence agencies intercepted communications from Hasan to al-Awlaki. But federal authorities dropped the inquiry into Hasan's communications after deciding that.the messages warranted no further action. FBI Director Robert Mueller has ordered a review of the matter. The independent commission that investigated the 9/11 attacks found al-Awlaki was just a 'spiritual advi ser' to two of the hijackers in that plot. Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Midhar, while ai-Awlaki was at the Virginia mosque. A1-Awlaki praised Hasan as a hero for the Fort Hood attack, saying he 'could not bear living the contradiction of being a Muslim and serving in an army that is fighting against his own people." Army officials have voiced concern about jumping to any conclusions about Hasan's motive, warning about a possible backlash against Muslim soldiers. (Here we go again!) No charges have been filed against Hasan. The investigative officials who briefed reporters said he was likely to be charged in the military court system. (I don't have anything against Muslims. rather I do have a fear of extremists in all religions.) For a change of pace, someone I do admire... Dr. STAN K. SUJKA. a urologic oncologic surgeon with Orlando Urology Associates was named The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Central Florida "Man of the Year" for 2009. The'honor is given yearly to the men and women in the Orlando area who work on behalf of the society in the quest to find a cure of blood diseases. (We at Heritage, are very proud of Dr. Sujka.) Another man I am proud of... More than proud...l am busting with pride at the accoinplishments of author DANIEL KEYES. He has authored so many great books and now, a novel that I am currently reading titled "The Asylum Prophecies." It has to do with terrorism...a subject you-know I am fix- ated on, especially if you read the beginning this column. Danny was kind Dr. Stan K. Sujka enough toautograph his novel for me. Danny is my cousin. His morn and my morn were sisters. I have known him all my life and he has made the entire family very proud of him indeed, for as long as I can re- member. His breakthrough book, "Flowers for Algernon" is required reading in many schools throughout the world. It became the movie "Charlie" starring actor Cliff Robertson. Danny also wrote "The Fifth Sally," "The Minds of Billy Mi!ligan," "The Touch," "Unveiling Claudia" and the memoir"Algernon, Charlie. and I: A Writer's Journey." Since I am writing this column on Veterans'-Day, I should mention that Danny served our country in the U.S. Maritime Service when he was sl ill a teen. He is best known, how- DanielKeyes ever, for his Hugo award winning short story and Nebula award-winning novel "Flowers for Algernon." He was also given the Author Emeritus honor by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writ- ers of America in 2000. And speaking of books and good reading... On Saturday, Nov. 21, from 1-3 p.m., author J.C. HUTCHINS will sign"Personal Effects: DarkArt." A thriller for those of us who love them! On Sunday, Nov. 22, from 1-3 p.m. ELIZABETH SIGNER signs "Fat Boxing: A Guide to Weight Loss." Author Eliza- beth Signer has shed over 130 pounds, but she didn't lose her sense of humor doing it. Signer shares her experiences in her book. In the first of her self-help books on losing weight, Signer takes readers on a humorous journey from the beginning of her weight-loss efforts through her successful results and continuing battle. In the process, she has created the sport of Fat Boxing. Signer uses the term to describe her battles with losing weight and the psychological struggles that accompany the process. She also describes the special effort needed to lose those final pounds. In this witty diary, the author sheds a light-hearted look on what can be a difficult and emotional experience. (I need this book!) Both signings take place at Urban Think! Bookstore, 625 E. Central Blvd., Orlando. Telephone: 407-650-8004. A special event for women... On Sunday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. Chabad of Greater Orlando. Maitland, will host a Wine, Cheese. Chocolate and Laughter party for women. (Everything I love!) Phone 407-690- 1111 for details. If you miss it, there is one at Chabad of South Orlando on Monday. Phone 407-354-3660, and one on Tuesday in Daytona. Phone 386-673-2497 for details. The guest speaker will be ESTHER RACHEL RUSSELL, a screenwriter, performer, producer, laughter therapist and creator of the Comedy Improvisation Workshop. She also is an adjunct professor of screenwriting at Stern College in NYC. The suggested donation is only $18. One for the road... Renee has been going out with Lionel, the latest of her many boyfriends, for three weeks and this time she really believes something will come of itmespecially as he has just asked to meet with her parents. So that afternoon. Renee goes to her father and says, "Daddy, when Lionel arrives, there's a very good chance that he's going to come to you to ask for my hand in marriage." Her father jumps up from his chair and shouts out'mazel tow but before he can get too excited, Renee says, "But Daddy, you must promise me something. All you need to say to him is a simple, 'yes, you have my blessing.' I beg you Daddy, please don't do what you did last time with my previous boyfriend." "So just what did I do last time?" asks her father, innocently. "Well," replies Renee, "you fell on your knees, grabbed his hand and shouted out, 'Oh, thank you my lovely boychick. 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