|Devastation in Lahore, Pakistan today |
[Image Source: Arif Ali/Agence France-Presse]
A suicide bomber killed at least 52 people, mostly women and children, at a public park in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday... The blast occurred in the parking area of Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, a few feet away from children's swings. Around 150 people were injured in the explosion, officials said... Eyewitnesses said they saw body parts strewn across the parking lot once the dust had settled after the blast. The park had been particularly busy on Sunday evening due to the Easter holiday weekend... "Most of the dead and injured are women and children," said Mustansar Feroz, police superintendent for the area in which the park is located.[The toll is still rising. At 8:40 pm Israel time, Reuters says it's 65 dead, 280 injured. Unspeakable.]
According to the New York Times
The blast, apparently caused by a suicide bomber, occurred in a parking lot at Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, one of the largest parks in Lahore, the capital of Punjab Province, said Haider Ashraf, a senior police official in Lahore. The park is frequented both by residents and visitors to the city, and is popular with families. “It was a soft target. Innocent women and children and visitors from other cities have been targeted,” Mr. Ashraf said. “Apparently, it seems like a suicide attack.”Oddly, neither that Reuters report nor the NY Times mention that "The area was crowded with Christians celebrating the Easter holidays, and many families were leaving the park when the blast occurred, Ashraf said." - [Source]. Could they be thinking that this has no relevance?
The people who executed this carnage certainly viewed it as an attack - the kind of thing you do in a war. They set out to murder as many people as possible, to inflict maximum despair and pain. From familiarity with previous such savagery, they did it willingly, utterly indifferent as to whether they would survive or die. The satanic culture in which they are immersed and the value-system they embrace and propagate make them very, very different from normal people.
Our attaching the word suicide to what they do adds a degree of understanding and perhaps even, Heaven forbid, respect for their motivations. This is a huge mistake.
Why do Reuters editors - and virtually the entire news reporting industry - call the person carrying the explosives a suicide bomber? How did suicide feature in his or her thinking? It didn't. Living or dying was a matter of complete indifference to that person.
|The site of the explosion: the car-park of |
a Pakistani playground [Image Source]
That's how our daughter Malki was murdered. That's what a human bomb is. We should insist that reporters and editors call it that. To whatever extent it affects the way we deal with the onslaught of the savages who do it, it's important we do it right.