William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD


I pick up the paper and what do I see?
Where Muslims live, surely no one is free?
Suicide bombers in Istanbul’s streets, kill
No one over there seems to have a free will?

The masses put up with it, and I ask why?
So many young Muslims continue to die
The terrorists in India are killing good folks
People should stand up and toss off their yokes

Shiite pilgrims at a shrine in Southern Baghdad
Are shot and killed by terrorists and that is so sad
And that’s just today in the Times Colonist paper
Visions of 9-11 and the exploding skyscrapers

If the Muslim majority stood up and had their say
Would the terrorist minority soon fade away?
In the meantime the newspaper, it reports every day
About the numbers of people the terrorists slay

Author’s Note: Inspired by Times Colonist Articles of July 28, 2008 (reproduced below)

Monday, July 28, 2008
Times Colonist

BAGHDAD — Gunmen opened fire on Shiite pilgrims in southern Baghdad yesterday, killing seven, as thousands made their way to a revered shrine, police said. Police said the pilgrims who were killed were on foot. They had apparently come from cities in southern Iraq, which is predominantly Shiite. — Reuters

Monday, July 28, 2008
Times Colonist

ISTANBUL BLAST: Gunmen shoot Shiite pilgrims

Gunmen shoot Shiite pilgrimsPhoto: HURRIYET, REUTERS — Turkish policemen hold back residents as medics cover victims after two explosions tore through a crowded plaza in a working-class neighbour-hood of Istanbul last night, killing at least 15 people and injuring 154 others in what auth-orities declared was a terrorist attack. The blasts occurred in the Gungoren neighbourhood, a slightly run-down district of shops and apartment blocks well away from Istanbul’s best-known tourist sites.

Monday, July 28, 2008
Times Colonist

TERRORISM: Bombings put India on edge

Agence France-Presse

AHMEDABAD, India — Indian leaders appealed for calm yesterday as the army was called out after a wave of bombings killed 49 people in Ahmedabad, a city rocked by deadly Hindu –Muslim riots six years ago.

The string of 16 bombings, which left more than 160 people injured, ripped through crowded places in the tinderbox western city — markets, buses and then hospitals struggling to treat the scores of victims.

They came just one day after another wave of nine bombings in the southern high –tech capital of Bangalore left one dead and several injured — prompting the government to put the entire country on high alert.

Indian television channels said a little-known Islamist group calling itself the “Indian Mujahedeen” had claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Bomb squads defused at least three unexploded devices in Ahmedabad yesterday, Indian news channels reported, and police said they had also found a car laden with explosives in the diamond-polishing city of Surat.

Ahmedabad was calm yesterday, with police, soldiers and paramilitary forces fanning out across the city, which is the commercial capital of Gujarat state.

Joint police commissioner Ashish Bhatia told AFP a number of people had been detained after raids, but said no formal arrests had yet been made.

On the outskirts of India’s financial hub Mumbai, police raided a house from which the e-mail claiming responsibility for the attacks may have been sent, reports said.

President Pratibha Patil expressed her “grief and sorrow” and also “appealed to the people of Ahmedabad to maintain peace and harmony. “ Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also appealed for calm.

Many of the victims had been peppered with red-hot nuts, bolts and ball bearings packed into bombs that were clearly designed to cause maximum casualties, doctors said.

At Ahmedabad’s Civil Hospital, one of two medical facilities that were hit, victims could be seen writhing in corridors after the attack.