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The Taj

  • By: Qwaider

  • On:Saturday, November 29, 2008 9:42:42 AM
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    I remember the day my driver pulled up at the parking lot of the Taj hotel in Bombay. How a weird looking guy, smoking "something" I couldn't readily identify asked me if I had interest in Hashish, Women, Boys, Men... And how upon entry I came face to face to some Bollywood movie star that I also didn't know at the time. Mainly because I don't watch a lot of Bollywood material.

    I remember looking at the Indian ocean from my room, and overlooking gateway of India.
    A picture from more glamorous times... (not mine)

    The Taj Hotel and gateway of india

    Believe it or not, I saw a cockroach in the elevator :). And managed to stuff 7 students with my in my room. LOL, it was such a great time with the folks at IIT Bombay.

    And now to come to think about the events that have transpired recently with terrorists taking hostages and spilling blood where I once walked, laughed and had a great time

    Terrorism has no nationality, no religion and can never be justified in anyway. It's sad to see people losing their lives around the world for the political agenda of others. It's equally as sad to see people driven to the point where they would take lives for their cause. But what breaks my heart is the thought that some people have actually perished, just because there were at the wrong time, in the wrong place.

    That could have been me... Just like it could have been me in Radisson SAS Amman, or anywhere else that is blood drenched with the blood of innocent civilians that pay the price of everyone's failure to listen.

     

     

    I'll never forget the Taj.

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    • marwa
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    • On: 11/29/2008 10:05:07 AM
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    sure u will never 4get it !! it seemz 2 be a great experience :)
    bs eno 7ta esraseer la72eena lhnak !! waaaaaaaal !! hehehehehhe
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    • Hani Obaid
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    • On: 11/29/2008 2:28:54 PM
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    My dad was asking me today when/why they renamed Bombay to Mumbai. I told him I'm guessing Bombay was British, and they wanted an Indian name. This was the case, and it was renamed 2 years back. While looking that up on wp I noticed there were some railway bombings a couple of years back also in Mumbai and they killed even more people but somehow because bombings are instant and there are no lengthy hostage situations the media wasn't as interested and I hadn't even heard of it, or could it be that most of the victims in the railway bombings were Indian and the intl. media somehow considers their lives less worthy, perhaps like the lives of the starving Gazans :(
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    • za3tar
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    • On: 11/29/2008 7:58:01 PM
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    The recent Mumbai terror attacks are really sad and horrifying.
    However, i also had a similar reaction as Hani. There have been many other bombings in India with many more victims, but it somehow failed to attract the attention of the US media. It is unlikely for CNN and others to dedicate 3 days for events that are happening in India even if there are tons of people killed. Maybe they saw the lives of the victims in the previous attacks as worthless to them, or maybe because of the drama of the hostage situation. I honestly don't know.

    Anyway, it is a sad sad event.
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    • Steve
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    • On: 11/29/2008 11:52:52 PM
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    nothing justifies this violence. yet it helps to get some historical background.

    "...during December 1992 and January 1993. Working-class Muslims were the principal victims, often shot at point-blank range by members of the city's police force."

    "Gujarat, one of India's most prosperous states, saw large-scale killings [over 2000 killed] of Muslims in 2002 after an arson attack on a train in the state killed 59 Hindu nationalist activists. "

    add to that the mass killings of Pakistanis and Afghans and Arabs by Israel & NATO and you have one heck of an explosive mixture.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/7753876.stm

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    • Qwaider
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    • On: 11/30/2008 1:08:42 AM
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    Still, nothing justifies the killing of civilians, no matter where they are. Be them Muslim, Hindu, Or even satanists.
    I really feel sad for what is happening to the people there. One goes thinkning of a vacation, honey moon, bussniess trips, turns out to be a hostage situation. where all hostage are vacationers honey mooners bussness men and women. sad
    هو امر مؤلم والاكثر ايلاما انه يعاني المسلمين في الهند واللي ما الهم لا في العجين ولا الخمير من النتائج
    المشكله انه هؤلاء بياخذوا من الدين كمبرر لاعمالهم وبيظنوا انهم رايحين الجنه الله يعين
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