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Friday, September 02, 2005

Why Didn't They Stay at Home?

My heart aches every time I think about the over 1000 Iraqi Shia pilgrims who perished during the stampede last Wednesday. This mass of humanity just vanished in a couple of minutes because of a rumor that there was a suicide bomber in the midst.

I just don't know why someone such as Ayatollah Sistani, who knows very well that terrorists target Shias, didn't ask his followers to stay at home instead of commemorating the death of Imam Kazem this year? They didn't commemorate his death or any of the other Imams during Saddam's reign anyway. This disaster could have been saved by a little statement on a piece of paper from Sistani urging his flock to stay at home.


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