While Hafiz Saeed, leader of a banned organization, has offered help to American citizens after the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy in New York, despite being the man that US has a 10 million dollar head money on. My heartfelt condolence to the families of those who have lost their loved ones in the hurricane ‘Sandy’ and sympathy especially for the Pakistani families that lived in the disaster area. I have always believed that most disasters hit poor or Muslim countries, but I was proved wrong on my prediction that Sandy will divert its direction from the US towards poorer countries like the Bahamas or if there was any Islamic Country nearby as always. My wife, who has recently got a green card for herself and our two young children, was pretty angry at my statement. I am still in shock that the storm has actually killed many innocent people, and six million were left without electricity and thousands homeless. This must have come as a surprise for the world’s super power, while we in Pakistan take this as the norm, no electricity and no homes for the earthquake and flood victims for the last several years.

The poor in Fata were bewailing the drones that were still flying over their heads, killing innocent school children and helpless women. The people who were injured in these drone attacks were taken to the nearest hospitals, where they were treated free of cost, while the people of US hit and injured by Sandy had to worry about their medical insurance. Was anyone helping them? Do people of this super power country that has indiscriminately killed millions of Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq and now Syria and Libya expect mercy and help from a benevolent God?

I am bewildered that the Atlantic Ocean has no respect for a super power such as the US and the only explanation that comes to mind is that Sandy was actually planned and executed by Osama bin Laden. Bin Laden, who was killed by US Marines and had his body thrown into the same Atlantic Ocean, could still be alive, as his body was not displayed. Bin Laden the bogyman lives on and keeps coming back, like Freddi from the sequel to a really bad horror movie ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ to haunt the people of US.

M ALI RIAZ,

Lahore, November 6.