News of the barbaric attack on the Golden Mosque in Samura, Iraq, was shocking but didn't entirely take me by surprise. It is the aftermath of the blast that we have to deal with now.. of Muslim blowing up another Muslim and Shia and Sunni mosques reduced to rubble in a stupid battle between mindless factions, whose only goal is to see Iraq sink deeper and deeper in the mud.
For me personally, Iraq has a soft spot in my heart. As a Shia, I share with my people the feeling of loss and injustice they have suffered over the ages. As a human being, I really don't want to witness the start of yet another civil war in our part of the world, or any other part, for that matter.
I was really touched by the overflow of emotions by people in Bahrain and the large crowds that gathered to express their pain at the destruction of the shrine I visited as a child.
Once again.. everyone feels strongly for his religion.. Let me paraphrase that, in case I get shot: everyone with a religion feels very strongly for it. But maybe, just maybe, we need to be a bit tolerant of other's views and beliefs and try and co-exist peacefully, in a world which still has a place for black, white, red, yellow, brown and all the colours in between.
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