Chaos in India vs. chaos in America
Posted by Liberty on November 28, 2008
“…firing has intensified at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel where commandos are battling another group of terrorists.
Sky’s India correspondent Alex Crawford, who is within yards of the hotel, says gunshots and grenades are being fired inside and outside the building.
‘The gunfire appears to be coming from the window of the second floor. They (the attackers) are really going for it this time to show they really mean business,’ she said.”
“Commandos involved in the operation have described the terrorists as ‘showing no remorse, firing at anyone who moves.’
With his face disguised by a scarf and sunglasses, one commando said he had seen around 50 dead bodies in the building and explosives capable of causing ‘major damage.’
The wave of terror attacks began more than 36 hours earlier after small groups of militants, armed with automatic weapons and grenades, entered the city by boat and fanned out.”
“Several British survivors have been speaking of their shock as they return home.
Joey Jeetun was in a cafe when a group of gunmen stormed in, pushed him to the ground and told him to ‘stay down.’
He said: ‘I could hear people shouting and screaming. Straight after there was blood everywhere. My friend had got shot in the leg and everyone else around me was getting hit, some shot in the head.'”
“A Wal-Mart worker died after being trampled when hundreds of shoppers smashed through the doors of a Long Island store Friday morning, police and witnesses said.
The 34-year-old worker, employed as an overnight stock clerk, tried to hold back the unruly crowds just after the Valley Stream store opened at 5 a.m.
Witnesses said the surging throngs of shoppers knocked the man down. He fell and was stepped on. As he gasped for air, shoppers ran over and around him.”
If these stories don’t highlight how trivial our daily lives in America can become (if we allow it), I don’t know what would. I have nothing but gratitude for the standard of living that we enjoy today but the terror attacks in Mumbai should serve as a reminder to Americans. Our society tends to take for granted the wealth and security that makes it possible for some of us to spend the day after Thanksgiving wrestling over an X-Box 360 or a FurReal Friend. This Wal-Mart worker lost his life in the name of Christmas bargains and people in Mumbai are living a nightmare. Thankful and sad at the same time; that pretty much sums it up for me today.