20 Oct marked the day of national mourning? by the Australians for the Bali blast tragedy on the 12 Oct. For a country that’s supposedly “isolated” from such tragedies, the Bali blast brought a nation to a stand-still. Of the 188 that was killed in Bali, more than 100 were believed to be Australians.
Since Sep 11, there’s been many bomb blasts throughout the world. There’s one in Finland. One in Yeman. One in Bali. A few in Philippines. Where’s next? Its almost a daily occurance. Then you have N.Korea’s admission of developing nuclear weapons. Snipper shootings in US (one more this weekend although not confirmed). Its no wonder some people in this world can’t even do their daily chores in peace.
ST Life editor Sumiko Tan wrote today:
But you can’t wish away the harsh reality that has descended upon us.
As visiting American author Thomas Stewart was quoted in Life! last week: ‘Singapore has suffered from being in a relatively run-down neighbourhood.’
The fear of attacks here is growing.
After the Bali blasts, some Singaporeans are said to be staying away from crowded places, especially where many Caucasians congregate.
But the saddest aspect of all this Sept 11 fall-out has been how cracks have appeared between Muslims and non-Muslims here.
Muslims are sad, angry, anxious and defensive about how their religion keeps being highlighted by others, and resent the assumption that they support terrorism. Non-Muslims wonder why, where once Singaporeans seemed to be one united people, Muslims behave so differently and sensitively now.
How is one to behave towards them if innocent gestures can be taken as slights?
A proposed code on religious practice has been drafted, but to most people, it is just so many words.
Distrust lingers. Terrorism wins, at least for the time being.
PARDON me for sounding so blue, but perhaps the haze that hangs like a pall over Singapore has also affected my mood.
Shit happens, and sometimes we try to rationalise it away.
Yeah. Shit happens. Just don’t shit where I’ll be.