Friday, May 28, 2010

We are killing each other. Part One.

At the beginning of last year's Inglourious Basterds, a Nazi leader enters a home. He casually makes small talk for a good 10 minutes or so. And then he proceeds to blow holes through the floor and kill a family of Jews beneath the floorboards. Quentin Tarantino can parody such a tragedy because it's so far in our history's past. How archaic. How 1930s. How ignorant the world was then during the follies of the Nazi regime.

Cut to 2010. An excerpt from today's New York Times. An article titled 'Attackers Hit Mosques of Islamic Sect in Pakistan.'
Gunmen and suicide bombers stormed two mosques belonging to a minority sect during Friday Prayer in Lahore, seizing hostages and killing at least 70 worshipers and wounding 78, the city coordinating officer said.

More than three hours after the attacks began, the police took control of the mosques, where they found bodies strewn across the main floors and verandas, the coordinating officer, Sajjad Dhutta, said.

At one of the mosques dozens of men survived by scurrying down a narrow passage and then hiding in the basement as the ordeal unfolded, said Abdul Salam Arshad, 56, a retired civil servant who was in the mosque and emerged unscathed.
We are still so ignorant. We are still killing each other.

No comments: