The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, Saudi Arabian King Salman bin Abdulazis, will be held responsible for the 700 plus fatal casulaties of another stampede at Mina and hundreds more seriously injured during this year’s hajj. The safety of altogether three million pilgrims cannot be granted even when the faithful are driven like cattle from one holy place to the other. After last week’s crane crash in Mecca’s Holy Mosque with 107 dead people one gets the impression that the destination of millions of pilgrims has been desecrated in recent years just for economic reasons. Is there any place where muslims who have prepared themselves for years, saved almost a fortune to finally get there, can gain spiritualism?
Jihad has first and foremost the meaning of spiritual struggle, to strive for serving better the purpose of God. Rather than to finance jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq or relentlessly bombard Houthi rebels in Yemen, the poorest country of the region, Salman is better advised to better serve 1.5 billion muslims who just want to gather in peace, and safe, in Mecca once in a lifetime. And not deny millions of muslim refugees shelter after years-long civil wars in neighboring countries in which the Kingdom is at least partly involved.
24 September 2015 @ 4:37 pm.
Last modified September 24, 2015.
Today 70 years ago, the first atomic bomb had been dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima killing 70 or 80k humans at once. Three days later, Nagasaki was annihilated by another atomic bomb. Both bombs were commissioned by the US American government under President Harry S. Truman. They were meant to end WWII.
What followed, until 1998, was an incredible overkill testing of nuclear bombs by the USA, the UdSSR, China, UK, France, India, Pakistan, Israel and, lately, North Korea. It is necessary to watch the video with some patience in the first couple of minutes to experience afterwards the real horror of kind of music of the 20th century.
6 August 2015.
Last modified August 6, 2015.
Update 3 March 2015.
While the Guardian newspaper reports today that his former boss in an unnamed Kuwaiti IT company has praised Mohammed Emwazi’s skills and manners (“He was the best employee we ever had, … He was very good with people. Calm and decent. He came to our door and gave us his CV… How could someone as calm and quiet as him become like the man who we saw on the news? It’s just not logical that he could be this guy.”), Kuwaits English-language tabloid Arab Times still tries to conceal that the Kuwaiti born was living, at least for some time, in Kuwait. His parents (“Bedoun, stateless Kuwaitis, having joined Iraqis in Saddam’s onslaught on Kuwait in 1990“) are apparently surveyed and harrassed by authorities.
Emwazi, then 21 years of age, left Kuwait in 2010 for London after a 3-month “stellar probationary period” at the above IT company.
2 March 2015 @ 8:15 am.
Update March 3, 2015. With some delay, Arab Times informed their readers today about the Kuwaiti epidsode in 2010 at an unnamed IT company of Daesh killer Emwazi.