Thursday, February 24, 2005

brave versus cowards

The Fireman's Last Call

He heard the first alarms
And he responded to the call
Just like any other day
He was prepared to give his all

In disbelief he saw the fire
Raining from the sky
He prayed, dear Lord,
how will we fight
A fire up so high?

He rushed into the building
There were lives he hoped to save
He knew he had a job to do
The bravest of the brave

He climbed the darkened stairway
Rising further from the ground
Saying, "This way... come down this way..."
He helped guide them safely down

While most people hurried downward
He continued his accent........
And he accended into Heaven...
Knowing not why he was sent

here is what the antithesis of :
Firemen stopped by police
Saudi Arabia's religious police "mutaween" stopped schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress.

About 800 pupils were inside the school in the holy city of Mecca when the tragedy occurred.
15 girls died in the blaze and more than 50 others were injured. According to the al-Eqtisadiah daily, firemen confronted police after they tried to keep the girls inside because they were not wearing the headscarves and abayas (black robes) required by the kingdom's strict interpretation of Islam.

One witness said he saw three policemen "beating young girls to prevent them from leaving the school because they were not wearing the abaya". The Saudi Gazette quoted witnesses as saying that the police - known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice - had stopped men who tried to help the girls and warned "it is a sinful to approach them".

The father of one of the dead girls said that the school watchman even refused to open the gates to let the girls out.


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