Why? Why? Why?
Vatican City, 2 July 2016 – Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin has sent a telegram of condolences on behalf of the Holy Father following the terrorist attack that took place yesterday in a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh, in which twenty civilians and six of the attackers died.
“Deeply saddened by the senseless violence perpetrated against innocent victims in Dhaka, His Holiness Pope Francis expresses heartfelt condolences and condemns such barbarous acts as offences against God and humanity. In commending the dead to God’s mercy, His Holiness gives the assurance of his prayers for the grieving families and the wounded”.
Holy Father, thank you for condemning the indeed barbarous acts. But calling it senseless violence isn’t helpful, it’s obfuscating. Because to the perpetrators, it all made perfect sense. It was an Islamic terrorist attack:
DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) – The hostages were given a test: recite verses from the Quran, or be punished. Those who passed were allowed to eat. Those who failed were slain. The dramatic crisis ended Saturday morning with at least 28 dead.
The attack marks an escalation in militant violence that has hit the traditionally moderate Muslim-majority nation with increasing frequency in recent months, with the extremists demanding the secular government revert to Islamic rule.
Friday night’s attack was coordinated, with the attackers brandishing assault rifles as they shouted “Allahu Akbar” and stormed the Holey Artisan Bakery in Dhaka’s Gulshan area. About 35 were trapped inside.
“The gunmen asked everyone inside to recite from the Quran,” the Islamic holy book, according to Rezaul Karim, describing what his son, Hasnat, had witnessed inside. “Those who recited were spared. The gunmen even gave them meals last night.”
The others, he said, “were tortured.”
“All the hostages were killed last night. The terrorists used sharp weapons to kill them brutally,” said Brig. Gen. Nayeem Ashfaq Chowdhury of the Army Headquarters in a news conference Saturday night.
If you thinks it’s senseless, because it doesn’t make sense to YOU, then it’s YOUR duty to get some learning on the Islam and stop blaming guns and ammo.
Also today, the pope continued his disparagement of nations and citizens who would dare put the interests – nay, the survival – of their nation and fellow citizens above tender caresses of the invading hordes:
Pope sends video message to the participants in the fourth edition of “Together for Europe”, which took place in Munich, Germany from 30 June to 1 July and concluded this morning with a large demonstration in KarlsPlatz. HERE
“It is time to get together, to face the problems of our day with a true European spirit. Apart from some visible walls, other invisible walls are being strengthened which tend to divide our continent. These walls are being built in people’s hearts. They are walls made of fear and aggression, a failure to understand people of different backgrounds or faith. They are walls of political and economic selfishness, without respect for the life and dignity of every person.”
And the beat goes on.