Sunday, September 22, 2013

Death Toll Rises in Keyan - More Foul Fruits of Merger of Politics/Religion

The fruits of religion
At the moment there are 59 known dead, at least 175 injured and 30 held hostage after an Al Qaeda Somali terror group al Shabaab attack on a luxury shopping mall in Kenya.  Meanwhile at least 60 are dead as a result of a church bombing in Pakistan directed at Christians.  Thus, once again we see the evil of religion particularly when it is merged with political aspirations.  As is always the case, the aggressors are driven to impose their beliefs and agenda on all others.  Yet people ask why I am increasingly anti-religion in general.  Do they not know their history and do they not watch the news?   The BBC has some of the latest details:

At least 59 people were killed and 175 injured in Saturday's attack on a Nairobi shopping centre, Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

More than 1,000 people were brought out of the Westgate shopping centre and the rescue operation continues, Mr Kenyatta said at a news conference on Sunday.

Between 10 and 15 attackers - thought to be militants from the Somali al-Shabab movement - are still inside.

Some civilians are still trapped, either as hostages or in hiding.

Mr Kenyatta's nephew and his fiancee were among the dead, the president said.

The UK Foreign Office has confirmed that three Britons have been killed, and says the number is likely to rise.

French, Chinese, Ghanaian and Canadian citizens are also among the foreigners confirmed killed, along with a dual Australian-British national.

British Prime Minister David Cameron called it "an absolutely sickening and despicable attack of appalling brutality".

The Somali militant group al-Shabab says it carried out the attack in response to Kenyan military operations in Somalia.  There are about 4,000 Kenyan troops in the south of Somalia, where they have been fighting the militants since 2011.

The attack began at about 12:00 local time (09:00 GMT) on Saturday, when the militants entered the Westgate centre, throwing grenades and firing automatic weapons. A children's day was being held at the time - children are among those reported killed.

Witnesses report seeing many bodies strewn round tables of unfinished fast food - with pop music left playing in the background.
 Meanwhile, here in America politicians continue to give deference and respect to religious belief that is every bit as hate filled toward others, just not as violent - at least not yet.

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