Monday, March 21, 2005
Attack in Doha City, Qatar
When I was in Qatar this Fall I was amazed at how 'western' it was. In one block I saw an Applebees, a TGI Fridays, and an Arbys. Actually, if you look at my posts from Oct/Nov you'll find my description of Qatar as being very similar to Southern California. The only difference was that the signs were in Arabic and English, as opposed to LA's Spanish/English or Korean/English signs.
Anyways, I was shocked to hear that there was a suicide bombing in Doha City this weekend. Actually, I'm not really shocked in that it's in the middle of the Persian Gulf and is crawling with Westnerners. It's also the location of the U.S. Central Command's HQ, at Al Udied Air Base. I guess I'm troubled in that whatever sleeper cell(s) activated and assigned to conduct this suicide mission, there's undoubtedly a dozen more waiting to repeat it.
I met some great people... locals... who wanted nothing more than a good job and a safe environment to raise a family. Qatar provides such opportunities. It's a progressive country, similar to Kuwait and U.A.E. I hope the Qatari government is able to find the other cells and stop them before more damage occurs to their predominantly peaceful environment.
I hate it when bad people hurt good people. Yes, that was in fact a naive and dumb statement, but it's that simple. How to avoid it... Qatar needs to pound some sleeper-cell ass and let the others know that Allah may forgive them, but the Qatari security forces will make the journey to Allah a long and extremely painful one.
posted by El Capitan at 11:36 AM