Jordan, probably the safest nation in the Middle East, is not immune from home-brew extremist thought and acts of violence. Recently, three Special Forces soldiers were killed in Jordan outside of al-Jafr air base. The recent loss of life in Jordan reminds us how fragile safety is in the Middle East and throughout the world, where extremism and extremist thought spreads like a virus.

Years ago, a deadly shooting unfolded at Ft. Hood. The shooter was an American, radicalized. I was unsure if this was a terror attack. If it was, how’d they do it? They, I guess, didn’t do it, but their linguistic virus and thought process won the day, overtook the man, and spurred a violent act.

We do not have details regarding the recent shooting in Jordan. Many will be quick to assume a great deal about it. However, just as we can’t throw the towel at all Americans for the American psychologist-turned-shooter in the Ft. Hood tragedy, we need to wait and see with the Jordanian shooter and avoid demonizing the entire nation for the acts of a single person. Jordan, as a whole, remains a steadfast ally. That Jordanian shooter may have been manipulated or paid to commit the act. He could have harbored a strange vendetta, converted to an extremist belief system, or was just a psycho who opened fire. He could also be an incompetent soldier who did not know what he was doing.

Regardless, this is a sad loss. This may also prove a detriment to the work our soldiers were doing there while being an unspeakable tragedy to their families and potentially damaging to the U.S./Jordanian partnership at the base and at the embassy. It’s disruptive to many lives. Jordan is a place many assume is safe. But it’s still in the Middle East, and the region has their share of home-brewed extremists.