Suicide may be the ‘rational’ thing to do. It may be ‘expedient.’ It may be perfectly in accordance with worldly wisdom, and perfectly in line with worldly morality. But worldly wisdom and worldly morality are incomplete for a reason.
This is a teachable moment in how we, as Americans, fail to understand differing cultures and values from around the world. As a Muslim, Major Hasan may have had a broader outlook on what actually constitutes assisted suicide, and we should respect that. Perhaps to Islamic sensibilities, assisted suicide in the medical profession has more of an ‘involuntary’ component than we have in the West.