Twelve Nepali hostages in Iraq were executed, and I had never even heard they’d been taken – and I look at headlines from multiple sources on practically every hour. There is no Nepali military presence in Iraq and few Nepalis are Christian or Jewish, so their murderers had to strain to find an ‘excuse’ for killing them: “We have carried out the sentence of God against 12 Nepalis who came from their country to fight the Muslims and to serve the Jews and the Christians…believing in Buddhah [sic] as their God.”

I wish I believed that there was a just god who would eventually punish these evil people for their crimes, should humanity fail to do so. Sadly, I am unable to believe it – as usual, some god or other is conveniently invoked as an excuse for atrocity against fellow human beings.

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