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Posted May 16, 2013
Making Sense of the Boston Marathon Bombings
I've been taking a break from the writing blog to actually *write more* -- something writers must do every now and then.
During this writing time, there's been a plethora of subjects to write about. Unfortunately, the Boston Marathon bombing event has been one of those tragic subjects. The dust is still settling in regard to the terrorist attack, however, I've put together an ebook, Rogue Hearts for now, available on Amazon.com for $2.99--with my thoughts.
Another informative book to read, explaining why young Arab men turn to jihad, is Nonie Darwish's Now They Call Me Infidel--Why I Renounced Jihad --For America, Irael, And The War On Terror. Darwish is a Muslim Shahid's Daughter, who was born in Cairo and spent her childhood in Egypt and Gaza. Before emigrating to America in 1978, she worked as a journalist in Egypt. Darwish now leads the group Arabs for Israel and lectures around the country. (A shahid is a "martyr" and the government normally gives a generous pension to families of martyrs, however, for Darwish's family, this pension was eventually reduced because of the growing martyr numbers.)
Her book gives incredible insight into the Arab psyche. She says, "Somewhere deep down, I could not accept a culture that was willing to orphan its own children in its obsessive hatred of Jews, that was ready to sacrifice lives and the health of its family structure over a few miles of land. Egyptians acted as though the West Bank and Gaza were taken from them, even though they were never Egyptian land. However, even if I could, I dared not give words to my feelings. But in my mind, as I grew into my teenage years, I continued to question the culture of hatred that snatched away my father for nothing."
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