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11/30/08 / Leo

1:40 PM Just over a year ago, I had both breakfast and a beer at night at Leopold’s Cafe, one of the sites hit by the Mumbai terrorists.  There were many foreigners there – probably why the terrorists targeted it.

On the morning I was leaving Mumbai, I went across the street to Leopold’s from the hostel I was staying in.  I don’t remember what I ate but I remember having my notebook open on the table wanting to record everything I observed around me, which was a lot because the restaurant was heavily decorated.  I ended up not writing anything and just eating and drinking tea.

1:18 PM This worked trampled to death news over the Thanksgiving holiday in New York is perhaps more disturbing to me than the Mumbai attacks, because this was supposedly civilized people who just couldn’t behave like humans to buy whatever crap they needed to feel happy.

"When they were saying they had to leave, that an employee got killed, people were yelling, ‘I’ve been on line since Friday morning!’" Cribbs said. "They kept shopping."

I have never been an advocate for this, but in this case, I believe the dead worker’s family should sue Wal-Mart.  This is one of the many unforeseen repercussions of the insatiable-by-nature corporate greed.  It would be preferable if they could sue each and every individual who rushed into that store that morning, causing this man’s death, but since that’s not possible, the next best thing is to sue the authorities that enabled that situation in the first place.

I checked just now and there’s nothing on Walmart.com‘s homepage mentioning this incident.  At least they had the decency to close the store for a few hours.  The article states that the store opened again at 1 PM and was packed within minutes.

"I look at these people’s faces and I keep thinking one of them could have stepped on him," said one employee. "How could you take a man’s life to save $20 on a TV?"

12:20 PM I don’t know who this writer is and I personally have nothing against him, but he should know that the information he’s posted here is utterly useless and somewhat disturbing:

The terrorists in Mumbai might have committed inhuman acts, but in at least one way, they are just like you and me. When authorities cut the cable feeds to the hotels where the terrorists held over 200 hostages, they relied on another piece technology to monitor the police response and the world’s reaction to the attacks: BlackBerrys. Commandos were not only surprised to find the devices in the terrorists’ rucksacks, but that they used the internet to look beyond local Indian media for information, watching the global reaction in real-time as well.

(From article, bold mine)

First of all, is the fact that they used BlackBerry devices what makes these terrorists "just like you and me"?  Not because they’re human?  Or they’ve been raised possibly being brainwashed their whole lives by religious propaganda?

And secondly, were they also wearing Nike shoes, Adidas track pants, and Puma T-shirts?  And most likely they were using Motorola walkie-talkies to communicate with each other, no?

If he’s trying to present the point that they were connected to the world’s reaction to their actions throughout the ordeal, the writer should have stuck to that angle.  But sensationalism is what sells, and I’ll admit, it’s the mention of Blackberry in the title that got me to view the article.  But in my defense, I had the sentiments I’m divulging here right off the bat – that is, it’s not because I didn’t like the article or it disappointed me in some way that I feel this way.  The title caught my attention but my first reaction was "What kind of useless information is that to share?"

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