Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Monday Bloody Monday.

"Grieve and mourn your dead. We will make no distinction between civilians and (soldiers). You create your own government."

- Abu Solayman, self-proclaimed Abu Sayyaf spokesperson


There are few things that get our goats these days, because our skin is thick. Oblivious. But mostly resigned to the normalcy of our lives - wake up, wait patiently in line for the ride to work, and prepare to spend eight or nine numbing hours in the office.

Last Monday was not so much a normal day than most, not until three bombs exploded in different, but important, parts of the country. Seven are dead, and more than 60 are wounded.

I can't believe the news today
Oh, I can't close my eyes
And make it go away
How long...
How long must we sing this song?
How long? How long...
'cause tonight...we can be as one
Tonight...*
You cannot expect the Abu Sayyaf to listen to reason. You cannot expect them to give us their sympathy whenever bombings occur because deep in the south, that is their way of life. Life, in their hands, is putty. Pun intended.

Close to home. The attacks were nearer to our little paradigms than we'd originally thought. In urban, bustling Manila, where robbers and thieves get away with no compunction, this easily got our attention, and the Abu Sayyaf have once again written their name in blood. The thorn-in-the-side Abu Sayyaf, who remain forward and ruthless.

Their cause is still the same. Angry at the government atrocities against them and their fellow Muslims. What's changed is the number of bodies claimed in the name of it.
And the battle's just begun
There's many lost, but tell me who has won
The trench is dug within our hearts
And mothers, children, brothers, sisters
Torn apart
And besides, is it just me, but isn't the term 'defenders of Islam' trite already?

*Snippets from U2's "Sunday Bloody Sunday". Go figure.

1 Comments:

Blogger tessa said...

makes me think though... could this be destiny's retaliation for the grotesque killings in the christian crusades???

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