The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed

Possibly 235 dead.

Possibly 100 injured.

All for praying a different way.

Victims shot down fleeing.

Ambulances fired on.

The feeling called Anger doesn’t even come close to describing just what I am experiencing now.

In a while Compassion for the dead, dying, wounded, survivors and their families will replace the furnace-fire.

If you are not careful Evil can seep in at every opportunity.

Compassion. Weep and cleanse your soul.


Mogadishu, Syria, New York………..


19 thoughts on “The al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed

  1. I can’t get my head round the fact that human life is so unimportant to some people despite the fact they’re the same people.. I suspect some people learn evil at their father’s knee. It’s a pity their father ever lived.

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  2. We are living today, and in such times. Our short lives never prepare us for what our world and civilization may “suddenly” throw at us. Consider these times: “The Thirty Years’ War was a war fought primarily in Central Europe between 1618 and 1648. One of the longest and most destructive conflicts in human history,[19] as well as the deadliest European religious war in history, the war resulted in eight million fatalities.” (Wikipedia) Once the rest of the world could remain oblivious to such horrors, and we, remain oblivious to similar horrors going on in the rest of the world. Today, the world is what a country was then: everybody knows. Leonard Cohen put it this way, (in part):
    Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
    Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
    Everybody knows that the war is over
    Everybody knows the good guys lost
    Everybody knows the fight was fixed
    The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
    That’s how it goes
    Everybody knows (Everybody Knows, Leonard Cohen)
    People like to believe that “they are getting better” or they are “evolving.” Means nothing in light of performance, but it’s a feel good thing and we need to repeat it over and over, like some great mantra. Bottom line though, I, only I, can get better or evolve. Those who will not learn are condemned to play their endless roles of victims and perpetrators to the end of the game. Some have said to me, it can get you too, and I agree; more, I add, ‘some days it would be a relief to be one of those dead people. For a while at least, for them it’s over while I must live with the sorrow, knowing there will always be more of the same for that is how the script is written and so many actors and actresses are eager to participate.

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    1. It is another bleak episode, and my initial reaction was to buy into the cycle of violent revenge. Some irony huh?
      I was watching the news later our Friday night watching people arriving to give blood. Some hopes I will cling to.


      1. Agreed. We sometimes have to look a bit harder for the good, but it’s there. In fact, I believe the good far outweighs the bad, but the bad are so loud, while the good work silently behind the scenes, not seeking glory, but rather seeking results. Hang in, my friend.

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    1. Yet the writing of books have resulted in books that have been electrifying and life savers for many of us who read because we are hungry. There is nothing “they” would like better than for writers to stop writing. What would there be then but pure propaganda to feed off of? “Write away!” said the muse, and she replied, “Right away!”

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