Thursday, September 02, 2004
Nepal: From Bad to Worse
The tragic killing of 12 Nepalese workers in Iraq seems to have touched off a powder keg in Nepal, where thousands of Nepalese rioted, torching a mosque, chanting "Down with Islam," sacking several Middle Eastern airline headquarters, and attempting to storm the Egyptian embassy. While I understand that emotions would be running high with the events in Iraq, this kind of Islamophobic hatred and wanton destruction is so so sad and just makes a bad situation worse. Then, to make things even worse, the Nepalese police ended up killing two people and wounding three as they attempted to get the situation under control. Is this the kind of stability and democracy that regime change in Iraq was supposed to bring?