Bloggers in the Middle East woke up this morning to news of terror and mayhem in Mumbai, India, and are still coming to terms with the size of the calamity.
Weld El-ma6aba, from Kuwait, reports that eight Kuwaitis are among the hostages. He writes:
I won’t get into the details of this crazy and inhumane story as it’s covered by most of the news websites and channels such as CNN and BBC.
What I want to mention is that 8 of the hostages are from Kuwait. your prayers for them please. The good thing is that these hostages apparently have been treated well and were given the chance to contact their family and assure them that things are “ok”.
News of the Kuwaiti hostages appears in the Arabic online newspaper Alaan, which reports that the eight hostages are all women, in Mumbai, on a private visit.
Grey, an Indian expatriate in Kuwait, writes:
This is a sad day …
really sad ,
And writing on Mideast Youth, Elinor from Iran, says:
Our hearts mourn with India; we owe the land with as many Hindi movies we have watched, with as many moves from its exotic dances we have learnt as a child, India! Be away from chaos, you are worth millions of worlds. May G-d obliterate the enemies of people, the enemies of peace,
the enemies of life and humanity. May G-d comfort the families of the precious people who lost their lives in the attacks, May G-d help the ones who are now in the evil hands of the terrorists, oh they may
create the unrest, but they can never change the heavenly image of India. Jai Hindustan.
In Jordan, American Kinzi is finding it difficult to celebrate Thanksgiving with such news making the headlines. She writes:
Giving thanks is difficult with the astonishing terror still unresolved in Mumbai. Oh Lord, families kidnapped, children killed in rail-stations, stop this evil.
But for one Malayalee (Kerala native) blogger Chaya Kada, who lives in the UAE, the attacks trigger deeper questions.
With all its imperfections and contradictions, India is my country and I am proud to be an Indian. Last night, our nation was attacked. Once again, terror came to Mumbai, India’s financial/commercial capital.
Why is it that we as a nation have always been a soft target? Whether it was the Afghanis hundreds of years back, the marauding East India Company – British Raj or the Pakistanis in the last sixty years?
Our intelligence agencies have once again failed to stop this terror attack. The very police chief, Hemant Karkare, who led the investigation – which revealed the ugly side of home-grown terror in the Malegaon Blast, was one of the killed in last night’s terror attack.
Why do we have to give the benefit of doubt to the Pakistani government or its military and intelligence agency (ISI)? They have caused so much harm to our nation in the last six decades, that there is no reason to think they have good intentions towards India.