The Echo Chamber
Tuesday, February 03, 2004
  4:30 PM

Thoughts on the Hajj

[Stephen Gordon]

This crowd:




felt religiously obligated to go to here:





and hurl stones, shoes, and insults. This happened:


244 Muslim pilgrims die in hajj stampede


And it happens quite often.

The same area was the scene of similar deadly incidents in 1998, 2001 and last year.

But this is just a crowd control problem. The act of going to a pillar that represents Satan and hurling stones is benign... Right?

Calling America "the greatest Satan," Egyptian pilgrim Youssef Omar threw pebbles at one pillar on which someone had scrawled "USA."

UPDATE: Andrew Sullivan's thoughts.
 


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