An American perspective on terror

This is from an American friend of mine who went to work in Syria last year, but had to return following the attack on the US embassy in Damascus. She returned shaken but unharmed to the States. Lately she has been disturbed by the number of (negative) forwards she gets about Muslims in America, and decided to make a statement about this wave of hate and her experience in Syria:

“On September 12, 2006, I was inside the US Embassy in Damascus, Syria, when it came under attack from four Syrian terrorists.

They threw hand-grenades.
They rammed a van laden with explosives into the entry gate.
They fired AK-47s at Syrian guards and innocent civilians.
They blew up their car.
They blew up themselves.

I’d heard the message that Al-Qaeda issued, that every good Muslim should kill an American. And hearing that, I still wonder, in a land where I was surrounded by Muslims, how is it that I, an American, survived?

I survived because …

Syrian Muslim guards rushed me out away from the van ready to explode
Syrian Muslim guards pushed me up the street away from the immediate violence
A Muslim shopkeeper hid me behind his counter so I, an American, would not be seen
Four Muslim women clustered around me and prayed
A Muslim woman took me by the hand and ran me up the street further from the violence
Another Muslim woman and her three sons took me into their home until the attack was over
Another Muslim woman and her husband drove me to my friend’s apartment since it wasn’t safe for me to go to my apartment

I’m hardly a convert, but I think it’s pretty clear that I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the Syrian Muslims.

Violence is not a religion.”

warm pad

warm pad

Its freezing outside. Unlike my last flat in Vauxhall, aka THE FREEZER, this one is suitable for Nordic types who believe that there really isnt any reason for your house to be cold, no matter what the outside temperature.

Ihanaa 🙂

halloween 06


I went to a fantastic Halloween party this weekend, unprepared for the level of dressing up that actually happened at the party – the call to costume was taken very seriously!

Partly I blame this on the fact that usually when people in London say that a party is fancy dress, most of the blokes just don’t bother because they know most of the blokes just won’t bother.

But then the other reasons are:

a) The party was full of foreigners and Americans, who are always tend to get more enthusiastic and full on about any party occasion that the Brits*

b) I’m a lazy git

*except when british blokes get a chance to dress up in womens clothing – then you cant stop us.

Autumn is here

Yessir, it’s definitely arrived, bringing that fresh little chill into the air. To mark the occasion i made a quick autumnal theme for this blog, passes the time and keeps the skills sharp…hope you like it!

Just when you thought it was safe…

I was bored today so I made a new style for this beauty (you can get the old/new style with the theme selector on the right hand side bar)…whether this means I’ll ever write anything else again is debatable, but heck, at least I’m trying to remember all that style stuff. I don’t have broadband at home so picture posting is going very slowly (plus there’s not much to say as I’m working again in London). But off to Finland this weekend, yipeee, so might have some new content for flickr.

Hope everyone is travelling well.