Friday, June 02, 2006

Why the world loves us

Imagine for a moment there’s a medical emergency in your family. Just for example, suppose your pregnant sister goes into labor unexpectedly, and needs medical help, fast. You jump in your car and, with the help of another relative, rush her to the hospital. But just before you arrive, out of nowhere you suddenly run into a hail of gunfire that kills everyone in the car but you. You would, presumably, be outraged, and filled with hatred for the people who committed these murders. And you would know, deep down, that nothing could justify such cruel brutality.

Of course, the situation described here is simply hypothetical…unless you happen to be Khalid Nisaif Jassim of Samarra, Iraq.

Excerpted from BBC News:

"I was driving my car at full speed because I did not see any sign or warning from the Americans," Khalid Nisaif Jassim said.

"It was not until they shot the two bullets that killed my sister and cousin that I stopped.

"God take revenge on the Americans and those who brought them here. They have no regard for our lives."

He said attempts to save the baby's life failed.

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