The Algerian Massacre – and a British Engineer called “Smiler”
Our resident poet’s sad reflection upon what motivates those who massacre in cold blood….
My latest offering is a poem as a response to the massacre in Algeria. All our religions preach (as I understand) love, morality and spirituality. Yet it is beyond my small mind to gate-crash into a gas plant and massacre 62 people in the name of God.
One of the saddest part of this episode was that there was a British engineer nick named “Smiler” (like me, Kiru, Aru perhaps) full of life; and as he was called to the fore to be shot, he walked with the usual smile, apparently saying to his Algerian work-mate a final good bye.
It is this man’s smile which was in the back of my mind as I wrote the poem. His smile I compare to the humanity’s spirit of endurance amid extreme provocation. That is why I conclude the response to this massacre too must be by law, justice and truth and not to the standards of the crazed few.
The Gun Blazing God’s Servants
Date: January 25, 2013