"Is this guy a psychopath?" a stunned Twitter user asked.
It seems that whenever a tragedy like the Roanoke one takes place, many of us resort to the most simplistic views, the basest arguments.
The successful psychopath remains something of a scientific enigma. This provisional evidence points to some tantalizing possibilities, but we still do not know for sure why one person with pronounced psychopathic traits ends up as a habitual and cold-blooded criminal while another ends up as the prototype for Agent 007.
Andreas Lubitz, the co-pilot of Tuesday's star-crossed Germanwings Airbus flight, allowed the aircraft to float and flutter above the Alps for a reported eight to 10 minutes before he crashed the plane into the French mountainside.
The purpose of terrorism is, of course, to terrorize, and they are succeeding at that. Hundreds of thousands have now fled Iraq and Syria as a result of ISIL's unparalleled violence and mastery of social media. One has to ask: who would be susceptible to their recruitment?
President Obama, as I have written before, may possess a naïve, almost absurd, belief that the law and diplomacy can settle everything. But President Obama is not psychotic.
Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.
As the third anniversary of my brother's death approaches, this is what I am left with. My dreams have irreversibly changed.