Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Dumber dumbest

There has been no shortage of bad news lately. But few can beat the two big items hogging the headlines last week. These were the takeover of the Thailand’s main Suvarnabhumi airport by the PAD (People's Alliance for Democracy) hooligans and the Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Have you noticed some common traits, albeit to different degrees, between these two groups of people?

1) Both were so fixated on their own grievances and purported injustices that they did not spare a thought on the pain and suffering they inflicted other innocent parties. In fact they don’t seem to mind the disrepute that their actions brought on their own country, in the case of the Thais, and their own religion in the case of the Mumbai terrorists.

2) “The end justifies the means” seems to be their overriding concern. But alas, if they would only look at the long term implications of their actions, they would see that they only served to thwart whatever long term aim they were harbouring.

3) They were all pawns being manipulated by higher hands; evil forces which have no qualms about sacrificing them.

Like other bloggers, I absolutely condemn the Mumbai terrorists for their cruel disregard for innocent lives. But I also feel pity for them. They thought they were serving God and their sacrifices would win them a place in paradise. But what a big disappointment it is going to be when they awake to find themselves in hell instead. They will have all eternity to regret their actions. Indeed there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


Anonymous said...

It is also pretty dumb to think there is a hell, or heaven.

Sleepless in Singapore said...

You're right. All educated, intelligent people know that we evolved from monkeys.

PanzerGrenadier said...

Are we so sure that terrorism is due to religious differences? While violence against innocent bystanders is to be condemned, the more pertinent question is why would these people be drive to such atrocities in the first place?

There will be extremists in any society. And extremism doesn't have to be rooted in religions. It can be based on perceived discrimination based on ethnicity, tribe, language, colour of your skin or even the colour of the shirt you wear on National Day.

Anonymous said...

I think these groups of people use violence, politics and religions, to further their groups devious interests. The Nazi of Germany and the militarist of Japan in WWII are good examples of such evil forces.

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