|Man in a Desert||
Horrific news from Gaza that Vittorio Arrigoni has been brutally murdered by his captors, a radical Islamist group with a bone to pick with Hamas. This cowardly act was perpetrated under the banner of and in the name of Islam.
Take a look at his Facebook profile picture, above. It's not just about him, is it? His last post on Facebook was on Wednesday and it was about 4 Palestinians killed in a Gaza tunnel.
His murderers are supposed salafis, people who espouse taking Muslim societies to what they were during the days of Muhammad, going back in time almost 15 centuries.
I wonder how many condemnations of his murder there were today at the Friday prayer sermons all over the Islamic world.
Not many, I hazard to guess. And in that lies a portion of this part of the world's problems.
I don't know what happens after death but Vittorio deserves peace. He sailed across the sea to show solidarity and lend a hand. The gratitude I am certain he was met with by the long-suffering civilian population of Gaza will now forever be shamefully overshadowed by this despicable murder committed by homicidal fanatics.
A man on a long journey through a perpetual desert.
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