Hold on

23 07 2011

Bombings are not rare.

Karachi, Mumbai, Kabul, Mogadishu. . . people are murdered every day by criminals and terrorists who see  their fellow humans  solely as means to their own bloody ends.

I don’t know why I’m particularly affected by the Norwegian killings. Do I find it easier to identify with white Europeans? Is it that this is so unexpected, as if it matters more when horrific things happen to people who live in safe places than those who are under constant threat? Is it that a bomb in that city makes me wonder about a bomb in my city? Why pay more attention to this than to what happens in Baghdad?

I don’t know why it matters more, why all those bombings and shootings don’t matter more. They all matter.

So my sympathy to all of them, all of their friends, all of their families, their communities.

This is the least we can do for each other.

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Credit: REUTERS/Berit Roald/Scanpix

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23 07 2011
dmf

ever since my old neighborhood market in london got bombed in the 80’s i was shocked out of my born in the usa naivety bubble (what a miserable education i had growing up, wtf were my educators thinking? regents diploma my ass) and have come to expect more but this one caught me by surprise as it came so out of nowhere, fevered minds and all i guess oy vey

23 07 2011
dmf

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