Interpret this as you will! 🙂
M called in; he is off to Shanghai for a couple of weeks on Tuesday. He looked through my recent crop of photos and was particularly attracted to this one:
I am about to add another chapter to the Redfern Visions set in a few minutes; do have a look.
Sirdan is a member of what has been in recent years a pariah group, a white Zimbabwean farmer of Afrikaner descent. He retains concern for his birth-country, and to my surprise, as I had been rather cynical on the subject, he does hold some hope for the new power-sharing arrangement in Zimbabwe. Let’s hope he is right.
I notice someone from Islamabad has just visited one of my 2005 posts: Muslims against Terrorism. Indeed there are such people, as distinct from those who, as I noted a couple of days ago in another context, “are so certain they are willing to kill others who are less certain, or whose certainty does not match that of the homicidal zealot.”
My friends over at The Pakistani Spectator have been discussing the event, one pointing out that awful as it was “there have been more deadly and wide-scale attacks in Pakistan in different cities.”
Just last month more than 200 people died in Wah Cantt in twin suicide attacks and more than 500 got injured and then there were attacks in Lahore, Karachi, Peshawar, Kohat, Quetta and other cities. Just terming the Marriott Hotel blast the most horrendous blast just because the elite was present there is not fair, and [all] blasts are condemnable.
M was in all the places named just nine years ago; he found the people hospitable and in general he felt safe. Such a shame…
It is also disturbing, if understandable, to see some rather ugly conspiracy theories in other parts of The Pakistani Spectator, the worst blaming India — highly unlikely, even given the often poisonous relationship going back sixty years.
May all humanity, whatever their creed or cause, reject the “logic” of suicide bombing!