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Friday, October 08, 2004

Unspeakable

I won’t say much about the carnage in Sinai… mostly because there isn’t much that I can say that won’t have already been said.

In the days to come, there will be countless voices shouting to be heard:

There will be the gnomes from the intelligence community saying ‘I told you so’, and wondering out loud why people don’t listen. There have been clear statements for weeks, warning Israelis that something nasty was brewing in the Egyptian resorts of Sinai. The unspoken question of ‘what about the countless warnings that (for whatever reason) don’t portent an attack?’ is wisely left unanswered.

There will be right and left wing statements pointing out how this attack perfectly illustrates the validity of their respective views. The two sides will be largely unaware of each other’s statements because that is the nature of people who are absolutely sure of their position.

There will be the inevitable embarrassing religious pronouncements from Bnei Brak stating that the victims invited this tragedy upon themselves by vacationing instead of observing the holidays. Like the political extremists I mentioned a moment ago, these arrogant holy men can’t fathom another point-of-view… just as they can’t imagine that their knowledge of G-d’s agenda might be somewhat imperfect (except in hindsight).

There will be finger pointing and exhaustive analysis by the news community… and that is their job. But they will also bring us the sounds and images of dozens, perhaps even hundreds, of funerals… followed by the ghastly hospital stories from the maimed and traumatized people who survived. And this too is their job.

When all is said… and each of the groups I’ve mentioned above will have their say… The country will have to go back to living as normal a life as possible under the circumstances.

To do otherwise would be unthinkable, if not unspeakable.

Posted by David Bogner on October 8, 2004 | Permalink

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Glad to know that you and yours are OK.

When all is said and done, this attack differs from the Park Hotel Massacre or the attack at Maxim in Haifa in at least one important aspect; it took place on foreign soil. The role of the Egyptian government in efforts to preventing an expected attack and then hampering rescue efforts needs to be looked at very carefully.

Posted by: jennifer | Oct 8, 2004 9:57:22 AM

What is it about religious fanatisism that causes Muslims to believe that God will reward them for killing. I am an American Soldier deployed to Iraq. Daily I see people that have been severly injured and die as a result of these crazy suicide bombers. I dont need to look beyond the attacks on the US to fuel my rage but when the carnage from Sinai makes the front page of our paper it becomes appeareant once again that you are fighting the same enemy we are.

Posted by: Jason | Oct 8, 2004 10:38:03 AM

Jennifer... as you well know, it may take a few days for the 'shock waves to reach each of our quiet little circles... but reach them it must. The friend... the relative... the coworker... the shopkeeper...etc. Now we wait.

Jason... I am so pleased that you found my humble little journal, even if it is on the occasion of such horrors.

I wish you continued safety in the extremely difficult job you are doing there in Iraq... and a safe return to your family and friends once the job is done.

As an American... and as a Veteran... I'm proud of you. I know that is an old-fashioned sounding sentiment to have these days... but I hope you understand that there are millions of people who are also proud of you, regardless of whether they support the decision that placed you there. That too is part of living in, and defending a democracy.

As we say here in Israel: Kol HaKavod (Literally: 'All the honor', but figuratively 'Great job...I'm proud of you')

Posted by: David | Oct 8, 2004 11:37:43 AM

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