24.4.06

Dahab

It's such a beautiful little town... what did the egyptian tourist industry ever do to anyone? There are some gorgeous places there where you can sit on the beach sipping a coffee drink mixed with ice cream (yummy!) and being waited on by charming staff bringing you drinks right out to the beach. Now...

"Three nearly simultaneous explosions went off today in Dahab", and it's not that big of a place so it must have been absolute chaos. The link to the news story is here.

The thing that I found (personally) refreshing about Dahab when I was there was that, in relation to the other parts of the region I had been to, it was somewhere that Israelis and Arabs could enjoy the bounty that is creation SIDE BY SIDE, with no violence, no (visible) hatred; I thought to myself, if Arabs and Israelis can party together in Dahab, then there's hope for the world. I hope I wasn't wrong.

I find it so depressing sometimes that violence seems to be an unstoppable force gripping the world today. We have Rogue States intent on dropping nuclear bombs on the countries that used to be their close business partners; we have a schitzophrenic paranoid bipolar who's convinced that every international armed robbery of resources is the next Crusade, and people are listening to him; we have a situation of neverending revenge wherein the corpses are piling up and no-one has the courage to say enough is enough; we have countless people dying EVERY DAY for absolutely no reason than to line the pockets of someone whose pockets are already fat, or because they meditate (pray) differently from each other they feel they have to kill each other, and for what? Where is all this violence getting us?

3 comments:

Treasure of Baghdad said...

I expected what happened in Egypt. The day before yesterday, Mubarak invited the Israeli PM to visit Egypt. When I saw this news, I said, "Jeeeeez... I hope Egypt will not be hurt. The terrorists will do sommething against Egypt."

My heart sank when I saw the footage on TV. I feel it well because I am going through it everyday...

Those people were only innocents...

Fatima said...

I am Egyptian American, and I agree, what in the world did Dahab do to attract this violence?!
With all these bombings, one feels that something weird is happening in world politics.

misneach said...

I can't help but think of a group of young girls who used to work around the beaches in Dahab selling small necklaces and bracelets they made from small pieces of yarn. BT, you say those people were only innocents, and I can't help but be stricken with the idea that these enterprising but innocent young children would be caught up in the midst of such unnecessary violence. And Fatima, I really do feel something weird is going on in Politics, I mean, I can't think of anything that anyone would have to gain from attacking dahab. It doesn't make sense to me that someone could convince themself to slaughter innocent civilians for ABSOLUTELY no reason at all.