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Tuesday, May 13, 2003  

Deaths in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) -- Attackers shot their way into three housing compounds in synchronized strikes in the Saudi capital and then set off multiple suicide car bombs, killing 91 people, including seven Americans, officials reported Tuesday....

"The bombings, which took place about 11:30 p.m. Monday, constituted one of the deadliest terror attacks on Americans since Sept. 11, 2001, and Secretary of State Colin Powell said the coordinated strike had 'the earmarks of al-Qaida.'"

I was both sickened and unsurprised by this news when it greeted me in my half sleep this morning. Although I regard Washington's foreign policy as one more likely to create terror than stop it, I nevertheless have the normal human hope that somehow, some way, it will actually stop these kinds of attacks.

But now I fear the worst--Bush will react predictably (he's already poured gasoline on the smouldering fire, itentifying "killers whose only faith is hate," who will "learn the meaning of American justice"), ratcheting up the divisive rhetoric, cracking down on dubious threats, and further enraging enemies of the US. (More: "Anytime anybody attacks our homeland, or our fellow citizens, we will be on the hunt. We will bring them to justice.")

Of course, I will still hope for the best. Except for the extreme fringe, no one is on the side of terrorists. Terror is an international problem, so the world will come together to adress it. I have a great deal more faith in the unity of nations who will try to solve this complex problem (through something more than a "hunt"). On days like this one, when our thoughts are of the dead and suffering, our hearts are more open. We think less of our petty interests and see more clearly what matters. Looking at the wreckage in Saudi Arabia, one hopes that clear thinking and a spirit of unity lead an international response.

posted by Jeff | 9:18 AM |
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