Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Psychology, Medicine, Science, Politics, Oppression, Integrity, Philosophy, Jews

At 1,000 examined leads, authorities still stumped by Vegas gunman

If he were still alive — what his plan seemed to have been — he would now mumble under his breath: mission accomplished. What mission?

The FBI and Las Vegas police have sorted through more than a thousand leads and examined [his] politics, finances, any possible terrorist radicalization and his social behavior. By Monday they had repeatedly searched his homes and interviewed his brother, girlfriend and others he’s done business with. …. “This individual purposely hid his actions leading up to this event and it is difficult for us to find the answers to those actions,” Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said Monday, conceding he’s frustrated. – AP

And there is, hiding in plain sight, the feeling the murderer had on the day he chose to mow down as many people as possible. As we know from what therapists feel when listening intently to their client. When we feel X, best bet is that that is exactly what our customer is feeling.

Or what we feel when we listen to a crying baby. Does it feel scary, are we getting panicky, becoming worried? Then the baby is trying to get over an incident when s/he felt scared, panicked or desperate.

But he did not mass murder because he felt very frustrated. He felt frustrated with something. As I explained before:

The Las Vegas murderer had everything a person could want: money, a stable home with a partner, an exciting life, good health. But while his colleague Trump was on his way to fame and eventually became President of the US, he stayed a nobody. Yet, he would teach the world that he was someone special too. He would do something so awesome that it would keep people talking about him for generations.

He sought fame — plain and simple.

The worst thing is: he got it. That’s why I don’t write his name.

AP is writing that too, but without awareness that they solved the enigma: “most killers may want to take credit for their act…”

O, and nothing “set him off,” “caused him” or “made him.”


Meanwhile, the authorities are stuck in their own incompetence.

AP reports that former FBI profiler David Gomez is fascinated by the shooter’s “actual normalcy,” followed by: “The small group people who knew him well has said he did essentially nothing except gamble, sleep and travel between casinos.” If that is normal, then what is abnormal?

The sheriff has said “Every piece of information we get is one more piece of the puzzle.” Too bad they keep staring at the back of the jigsaw. On the front it screams: I can’t take this any longer — gimme fame!

And we still don’t know crucial information to see if police failed.

About the Author
The author is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (DES - Diethylstilbestrol), born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a vegan for 8 years now. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach and lehavdiel bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, GLBTQAI, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quit a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500st blog post with the ToI. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me. To see other blog posts by him, a second blog - under construction - can be found by clicking on the Website icon next to his picture.
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