Many Americans have grown not only impatient, but weary at the slow pace of court proceedings in the case of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Fort Hood psychiatrist accused of the worst-ever mass shooting on a United States military base.The rampage at the Texas army base on Nov. 5, 2009, left 13 dead and 32 wounded. It was a dark day for Texas and the nation as the shootings occurred in a medical building where many of the soldiers were preparing for deployment to Afghanistan.A lot of people can’t understand why it’s taken so long to conduct a trial and mete out justice to a person they consider a home-grown terrorist and non-remorseful traitor.Regardless of what one may think of Hasan and the deeds of which he is a accused, he is an American citizen — and still a member of the U.S. military — who must be afforded all the rights and privileges our judicial system provides. While justice should not be delayed, neither should it be rushed.Patience, by all means, is required as this process takes its arduous course.After almost four years, the jury selection process for Hasan’s court martial has begun and is likely to take a month before the trial begins.Part of the problem that’s slowed down the procedure is the health of the defendant. Hasan was wounded and paralyzed when he was shot by a civilian police officer responding to the rampage.There’s also no doubt that Hasan has been a major contributor to factors that stalled the proceedings, including: wrangling over whether he could keep his beard, dismissing his lawyers and deciding to represent himself, and refusing to offer a plea when the judge would not allow a guilty plea because it was not permissible in a death penalty case. Because of the dispute over his beard, which he was allowed to keep, one judge was dismissed for fear of possible bias, and a new one was appointed.Just this week, Hasan, who claimed he acted to protect Afghan Taliban leaders from being killed by Americans, argued that he should not be forced to wear a military uniform because it represents “an enemy of Islam.” The trial is close to starting. Americans must continue to show patience as the wheels of justice roll.