Sunday, October 31, 2010

the bombing in taksim

This morning I was set to head down to Taksim for some errands and sketching, but decided to stay home and work on a drawing instead. At around 10:30 this morning, a suicide bomber, in an apparent attack on the police stationed near the Taksim monument, detonated a device which not only killed himself, but injured seventeen civilians and fifteen police officers.

I will never understand the desire to harm another human being. I believe nothing can be solved by violence, and news of this attack deeply saddens me. I love this city, and to think of someone so angry—for whatever reason— inflicting harm and terror upon its people... it just makes me sick to my stomach. My heart goes out to the people who have been hurt, both physically and emotionally by this violence.

You can read more about the attack on the Hurriyet Daily News.

10 comments:

lilasvb said...

it is very scary to see the violence, thanks for this post

szaza said...

It really upsets me.

Petra :-) said...

oh my...glad that you decided staying at home! *love* & *hugs* to you, Szaza

szaza said...

Thank you Petra— love and hugs to you from this wonderful city.

art is jokken said...

Yes, it is very sad. Just some days ago I posted this on my blog:
http://art-is-jokken.blogspot.com/2010/10/is-violence-justified.html

Unfortunately such things happen in the world....

travelingsuep said...

How awful. You are right this type of violence doesn't make sense, actually I don't think any type of violence does.

I'm glad you decided to stay home.

szaza said...

Thank you, Sue.

It is indeed very sad that such things happen in this world. I'll never understand the drive to hurt someone.

Jean said...

It was especially shocking to learn this news first from your blog, which brings the life and beauty of Istanbul to me so vividly. I'm glad you were safe, and so very, very sorry and appalled for those who were not.

Kerstin Klein said...

Oh boy... I´m glad you stayed at home.

szaza said...

Thank you Jean and Kerstin, yes it has left me shocked and sad. I just don't understand how someone can choose to hurt another person.

Thankfully nobody was critically injured, but still— the emotional toll...