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Opinion

JEFF JACOBY

Fort Hood victims deserve Purple Hearts

When the US government’s National Counterterrorism Center compiled its annual report for 2009, it didn’t overlook the deadliest terror attack on American soil since 9/11.

“On 5 November 2009, at 1:30 p.m., in Fort Hood, Texas,” the report notes in its chronology of “high-fatality terrorist attacks” — those that took at least 10 lives — “an armed assailant entered the Fort Hood Soldier Readiness Processing Center and opened fire, killing one civilian and 12 soldiers, wounding seven civilians, 17 soldiers, and 18 [other] people, and damaging the facility . . . No group claimed responsibility, although authorities believed an unaffiliated Sunni extremist was responsible.”

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