In Summary

  • It would appear that every little, two-bit Somali has a big dream – to blow us up, knock down our buildings and slaughter our children.
  • I have learnt to recognise the frozen, blazing eyes of the killer; the unblinking, reptilian stare of those who had crossed the line from human to monster.

I fear that soon I will begin to sound like a broken, right wing record. But I am a man with fears which I believe to be real and I am frustrated that no one seems to share them.

It would appear that every little, two-bit Somali has a big dream – to blow us up, knock down our buildings and slaughter our children.

They declared war on us and we thought it was a small matter that some guy in government was going to take care of. We were wrong.

This week, police have tracked down two bomb wagons and recovered a cache of weapons. My colleague who is more conversant with arms than myself has regaled me with the horrors that this kind of arsenal can cause.

He says these are weapons Al-Shabaab has been employing to devastating effect in Mogadishu.

First, the bombs are very powerful. They are made from C4, which is military grade explosive material. Apparently, they are harvesting the explosive from landmines and artillery shells, which are plenty in Somalia.

Secondly, the bombs are many. So far police have recovered eight which had been sewn into vehicles the way beads are sewn into a kiondo.

Third, the type of attack, described as a “complex” attack against buildings, is just evil. It is like Westgate and the US Embassy attack rolled into one.

The plan is to blow up a building, then open fire and slaughter survivors and other shocked people around.

What kind of person dreams of killing people they have never met, who have done them no harm, just to make some point?

Archbishop Desmond Tutu recently said that he would not worship a homophobic God. Would God command us to indiscriminately slaughter men, women and children? Would the taking of innocent life really please God?

For years, it has been my job to sit here at my desk and look at the pictures of many events, some of them atrocities, others not so. I look at the eyes of people and I can tell what kind of human beings they are.

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