Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Diagnosis: Simply Wicked

Every now and then, I run across an article that sounds like one Dr. Emlet or Dr. Welch would quote in class. Today was one; the title reads, "Zacarias Moussaoui: Wicked But Not Schizophrenic."

I love how the "a-moral," "unbiased," "unreligious" media can make astoundingly religious pronouncements when it suits them. The whole article is actually pretty interesting, but here are the two "diagnostic" paragraphs that caught my eye:

As for Moussaoui, the so-called 20th hijacker from the September 11
attacks, one could say he has a split personality: Half of him is filled
with hate, while the other half is filled with stupidity. But he's the
worst poster child for schizophrenia because, by and large, those suffering from
schizophrenia are not violent...

The hyper-violent Moussaoui appears delusional, but the absence of vivid
and horrifying hallucinations, a common characteristic of paranoid schizophrenia
(one of five main subtypes of schizophrenia), casts doubt on his
diagnosis. It could be that he is quite sane and simply wicked.

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