Just two random points about yesterday’s suicide attack in Karachi:
I was not too far away when the explosion happened and I arrived at the spot in about five minutes. Several of the procession participants reacted angrily to the blast and started attacking the police and media personnel. But I was quite surprised by how quickly the fires in the area started and how quickly they spread. Now I’m no expert when it comes to urban fires, but I would imagine that a significant amount of fuel would have been needed right then and there to get those fires going so fast.
Many people described yesterday’s attack as a security lapse, but I would disagree. As much I love to criticise the government, the level of security yesterday was much more than it has been at similar events in the past. The side alleys were blocked, there were police and rangers stationed all along the route, and also on roof tops, there was a helicopter that was monitoring the procession from above, and everyone entering the procession was frisked. It wasn’t completely secure for sure, but in order to do that we would have to turn the city in to a police state. My point is that you can impose as many security measures as you want, but that will never be enough to stop someone who is brainwashed into thinking that killing others is the path to salvation. We need another approach to understanding security.
(photo stolen from AP)