Below is an email I received of a chat sent by a Saudi friend in reaction to the Oslo bombing. It was sent on the day of the bombing, before the perpetrator was known or arrested, and when the main topic was the likelihood of the "twin attacks" being co-ordinated attacks by Al-Qaeda, and Al-Qaeda-like in their method and amplitude. Even the debris in Oslo was described as "just like that of the twin towers on 9/11". My response follows, and I look forward to your comments.
These messages were sent while you were offline.
15:27 fuck this shit
a bomb goes off somewhere and then all the racist kooks of europe put their nazi helmets on n start attacking muslims
complete and utter bullshit
15:28 now everyone will start acting like their life has been affected
15:30 when in reality everytime a bomb goes off somewhere it's muslims worldwide that have to put a hand on their heart n think about what consequences such an act of stupidity done by whomever (muslim or not) will yield upon them
I hope the asshole behind this (muslim or not) dies
I hope he/she/they suffer
15:31 they don't have a clue how much worse they've made the lives of other people
the amount of bullshit in this world is just wooh over the top
15:32 still somehow somehow despite europe's attitudes towards immigrants n foreign labour
they still somehow manage to play a saint n show emirates as bad guys
15:33 as if they haven't done any exploitation themselves
just a note
if some bomb god forbid goes off somewhere in canada
15:34 n it's indeed a muslim asshole
before you start cussing out n before your emotions get out of control
15:35 just remember how many people are out there whose lives are gonna get even shittier because of it
15:37 come to think of it there was an explosion that happened in canada not too long ago n once it happened people went nutso n started throwing stones at mosques n what not...and then news flash! it wasn't the muslims
15:38 that'd be like everytime a black guy dies somewhere
people pointing their fingers at europe
Every time a bomb goes off I pray it wasn't Muslims who did it--for the exact reasons you gave.
The Oslo bomb went off the same day as the 1945 Irgun bombing of the King David Hotel, including the British military post there when the Zionists were trying to establish Israel. The leader was Menachem Begin, later Prime Minister, and Nobel Peace Prize winner. That is the topic of my latest post.
I would love to do a post entitled A Saudi Friend Reacts to the Oslo Bombing and then quote your chat without saying anything more about who you are. Let me know if it would be okay. I will let you see the final draft before posting it for your approval if you agree. Of course I won't do it, if you don't want me to, but you very eloquently went through the exact issues to be addressed, and did it with sincerity and passion.
*My sincere thanks to my Saudi friend who prefers to remain anonymous, but who so graciously agreed to share this chat with Chez Chiara readers.