Wednesday, December 3, 2008


This past weekend was filled with horrors.

What more can I say about the savage Mumbai murders that hasn't already been said? Every detail that came through about the murders just compounded the horror. Then I read this and I actually threw up. In case you were thinking that anti-semitism was no longer a problem, well, it is. They targeted the Jews and Israelis and tortured them in unspeakable ways.

Then of course, the news that was revealed at Rivka Holtzberg's funeral....that she was six months pregnant, renewed my horror. I threw up a little again. I have a nervous stomach.

And I have no words.

Back home in New York, at a WalMart that I frequent (it is one of two that is close to where I live) in the Green Acres Mall, an employee was trampled by a mob of animals throng of shoppers.

From the New York Times article:

The throng of Wal-Mart shoppers had been building all night, filling sidewalks and stretching across a vast parking lot at the Green Acres Mall in Valley Stream, N.Y. At 3:30 a.m., the Nassau County police had to be called in for crowd control, and an officer with a bullhorn pleaded for order.

Tension grew as the 5 a.m. opening neared. Someone taped up a crude poster: “Blitz Line Starts Here.”

By 4:55, with no police officers in sight, the crowd of more than 2,000 had become a rabble, and could be held back no longer. Fists banged and shoulders pressed on the sliding-glass double doors, which bowed in with the weight of the assault. Six to 10 workers inside tried to push back, but it was hopeless.

Suddenly, witnesses and the police said, the doors shattered, and the shrieking mob surged through in a blind rush for holiday bargains. One worker, Jdimytai Damour, 34, was thrown back onto the black linoleum tiles and trampled in the stampede that streamed over and around him. Others who had stood alongside Mr. Damour trying to hold the doors were also hurled back and run over, witnesses said.

Some workers who saw what was happening fought their way through the surge to get to Mr. Damour, but he had been fatally injured, the police said. Emergency workers tried to revive Mr. Damour, a temporary worker hired for the holiday season, at the scene, but he was pronounced dead an hour later at Franklin Hospital Medical Center in Valley Stream.

Four other people, including a 28-year-old woman who was described as eight months pregnant, were treated at the hospital for minor injuries.

What is going on in the world? We are losing ourselves. As far as the terrorists go, it is hard to believe that such evil exists in the world. I keep mistakenly thinking that the challenge of fighting evil and evil people was the mission of my parents' generation. We have people who are wrong, people we disagree with, people we don't like, but do we have Nazis?

Apparently we do.

And the crowd at WalMart? How did they get into such a frenzy? How did things get to a point where they were stampeding like cattle? Was anyone thinking? Was anyone aware of what they were doing?

It's the week after Thanksgiving, and I am filled with gratitude to God for so much. And I am filled with absolute horror at what Man is capable of.

1 comment:

frum single female said...

i am so sickend by the state of the world that the attack in mumbai occurred . my heart goes out to the families of those who were so brutally murdered .