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Twelve American soldiers and one civilian were gunned down last Thursday at Fort Hood, Texas.  Were they victims of terrorism?  Could the incident have been prevented?  What does it mean for military diversity in a world plagued by cultural and religious confrontations? Also, North and South Korean ships exchange fire in open sea, and recycled nuclear weapons from the former Soviet Union are being used to fuel nuclear power plants in the United States. 

Banner image: A fallen soldiers memorial is seen in front of the podium where the memorial service will be held for the thirteen victims of the shooting rampage by US Army Major Nidal Malik Hasan on November 10, 2009 in Fort Hood, Texas. Photo: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Making News North and South Korean Ships Exchange Fire 7 MIN, 47 SEC

With President Obama soon to leave for Asia, ships from North and South Korea exchanged gunfire today in the open sea. The South accuses the North of crossing a disputed border, which has led to such actions twice before in the past decade. Chaibong Hahn studies East Asian politics for the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, California.

Chaibong Hahm, Senior Political Scientist, RAND Corporation

Main Topic Could the Fort Hood Shootings Have Been Prevented? 39 MIN, 49 SEC

President Obama attended services at Fort Hood today for the 13 victims of last week's shootings.  Major Nidal Hasan is recovering from his own wounds and has yet to be charged. In the meantime, it's reported that the FBI and Army intelligence investigated contacts between the alleged shooter and a militant Islamist cleric who is calling him "a hero." Why did the FBI and the Army decide not to pursue his contacts the cleric? Did they know that Hasan warned fellow officers that Muslim soldiers could be dangerous because of conflicts about fighting in Muslim countries? Is al Qaeda telling Muslim soldiers to commit violence?  Do they face discrimination, especially where Christian fundamentalism is widespread?

Josh Meyer, Politico (@JoshMeyerDC)
Bruce Hoffman, Georgetown University (@hoffman_bruce)
Mona Charen, Ethics and Public Policy Institute / National Review Online (@monacharenEPPC)
Mikey Weinstein, President, Military Religious Freedom Foundation
Salam Al-Marayati, Muslim Public Affairs Council (@mpac_national)

Inside Terrorism

Bruce Hoffman

Reporter's Notebook Russian (Nuclear) Swords Beaten into American Plowshares 3 MIN, 19 SEC

"Fuel from missiles that may once have been aimed at your home may now be lighting it." While only 5% of the uranium in America's nuclear power plants is generated from within the US, recycled Soviet bomb cores provide 45% of fuel. That's according to Andrew Kramer in today's New York Times.

Andrew Kramer, New York Times (@AndrewKramerNYT)

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