Wednesday, January 03, 2007
No massive death toll in Mecca pilgrimage this year
For once, the Saudis have been shamed into protecting the pilgrims who perform the hajj. In recent years, there have been triple-digit trampling deaths, all apathetically chalked up to the Will Of Allah. It's not so bad this year. This year, so far, only a few have died, mostly it seems from exposure. So, congratulations to the Saudi authorities, this time, for successfully managing the part worship service, part windsprint, and part camping trip that is the Islamic hajj.