Monday, December 1, 2008

An Apologist for No One

As I was returning from my one-day visit to see my brother in Falba, I listened to the radio in my car. When I got to the south side of Dallas, I abandoned a fading radio station to see what else was on the dial. I stopped punching the "search" button when I got to a station that was broadcasting what I assumed was Indian or Pakistani music. As each musical piece ended, the female host of the program spoke, expressing regret, condolences, and anger in connection with the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

During one of her sets of comments, which split mid-sentence between Hindi or Urdu or something and English, she said she was Pakistani and she encouraged listeners not to blame all Pakistanis for the terrorist attacks.

That was a sad thing to hear. The poor woman had to encourage listeners not to blame and her fellow countrymen for a terrorist attack. She had to apologize for something in which she was uninvolved.

Wouldn't it be more appropriate for us to express our sympathy for her, than for her to express her unnecessary apology for something she didn't do?

3 comments:

KathyR said...

Haven't you wanted to apologize for stuff that's emanated from some of our citizens? Especially in the last 7-ish years?

Springer Kneeblood said...

Well, since you put it that way...yes.

Me, You, or Ellie said...

This *is* a tricky one. All of a sudden Pakistanis are enemies. Just as Americans are to so many countries. And then you hear that lone voice...

Ellie