Wednesday, May 02, 2007
A Note on a Stampede
7 people died and 32 were injured during a stampede at a Star Academy concert in Tunisia. The crowd was made up of young people under 20.
What struck me is the nasty readers' comments on various news sites heaped on the heads of those who died . The dominant sentiment is gloating: they deserve to die because they are silly. They are guilty for being fans of a trivial program that is western influenced and is not seeking to liberate either Palestine or Iraq. It would have been much better if they died in a stampede to pray (wait for the next Haj). Their death is a fair punishment for their transgression etc. etc.
Young people are allowed to be silly and trivial all over the world. Except in the Arab world. We expect them to carry the nation on their back, to be fodder for wars, to inspire revolutions, but we grudge them two hours of escapist pleasure. Not only that: we curse them to eternal damnation for it.