While drinking my morning coffee, still slightly hung over from last nights’ shenanigans, my igoogle page loads and the headline from CNN World reads, “Syria, Car bomb kills 17 in Damascus.” For those of you following any of this, my brother has been in Damascus since May and is returning to the U.S. shortly. I immediately go on Facebook to see if he’s had a chance to assure everyone that he’s okay. He has! He writes, “I’m unharmed, thanks for asking.” I then find an email from him explaining that he’s returning from Beruit today after some touristing there. He’s okay!
The question left to me then is, do I tell my parents? What are the chances that they’ll watch any news show long enough today to get to some sort of world news? I don’t know, it seems like sometimes even the local news channels will mention these sorts of headlines. I probably should have kept my mouth shut and just waited for them to call me if they HAD heard the news. Instead I call my mom to tell her, “Before I tell you anything, I got an email from Brother and he’s okay, he wasn’t even in Damascus, but there was a car bombing there this morning.” Big mistake. I’m an idiot. She immediately says, “Oh my God I’m calling him right now,” and hangs up on me. She calls back to report that he’s fine (as I already told her) and that he had a great time touristing and is back in Damascus, but the trains are not running (due to the bombing?) and he’ll have to take a bus to get to the destination where he’ll fly home from (about 24 hour drive from where he’s at, but I’ll leave those details out for safety).
What she doesn’t know is that I’ve been hiding Middle-East news from her for a few months now and now I’m glad that I have been. The US Embassy bombing in Yamen was a bit disturbing because it reminded me of what I’ve only read about the attack on the US Embassy in Damascus a few years ago.
Honestly though, none of this really bothers me. I’m clearly desensitized. It DOES make me wonder how those of you who aren’t numb to emotion and fear actually deal with having loved ones in the military living abroad.
I feel for the innocent who lost their lives today in Damascus and I wonder what exactly the car bombers were hoping to accomplish. Here I will resist making some religious commentary that may offend anyone believing in the afterlife. Okay, I’ll stop while I’m ahead.
Oh, I’ve finally figured out how to add links to the blogs that I read as well as some other fun pages I look at daily. Check out the links at the right. My brother has a new posting from a few days ago, check it out.