The heinous attacks that targeted Christian worshippers in Sri Lanka are attacks on all of us. Easter should be a time for renewal, rebirth and redemption; a time for compassion, belonging and citizenship; a time to reflect on the lives of the wretched, the bereaved and the sick and on the selfless sacrifices of others who continue to offer a refuge for those taking treacherous journeys to flee persecution and hardships whether Muslims, Christians or others.
The scenes of solidarity and unity and people of diverse faiths donating blood to the victims are reminiscent of the scenes in the wake of the attacks on Muslim worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. They conjure up the fact that we are all humans.
Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob
Sri Lanka, the nation of serendipity endowed with hypnotic natural beauty and equally beautiful people at its best, after leaving behind a brutal separatist war of 26 years that killed and displaced thousands, was finally having its long awaited tryst with peace since 2009. The decade of tranquility and peace was brutally destroyed on Easter Sunday by the enemies and murderers of humanity insidiously. The heinous and coordinated bombing attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka that has killed over 200 people and injured many more once again prove that the cult of inhumanity is seamless and only follows the despicable religion of hatred and bloodshed.
When the world is just reeling from last month’s New Zealand mosque attack, these synchronized and planned multi-pronged bomb attacks, targeting churches and hotels where congregants were peacefully praying and celebrating Easter Sunday or just minding their own holiday business, once again shows the devastating magnitude of the seamless global scourge of terrorism propelled by the enemies of humanity.
While the world joins in its heartfelt prayers to the victims and conveys its condolences to their grieving families, the big question still looms largely, how does the peace-loving global community in an absolute majority come together to thwart and annihilate the interconnected forces of global and domestic terrorism?
Unless the international community urgently mulls on annihilating the nucleus of terrorist organisations that penetrate deeply across the globe, I’m afraid the emboldened haters of humanity will continue their mass murderous sprees across the world.
Atul M Karnik
New York, USA