[I write about politics because of the direct link I see between the words and actions of politicians and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. America’s political class manipulates our military as though they were pawns in a global game of chess. To them, PTSD is merely an unfortunate cost of war.]
No surprise that CNN’s lead article Wednesday is about the triple suicide bombing in Istanbul Tuesday. Their headline reads
Istanbul terror attack witness: ‘It was like hell’
In a sober, sedate discussion of heaven and hell, even their existence, hell is a word that means the “worst.” For George Orwell’s Winston Smith in 1984, hell was the fear of being bitten (eaten?) by a rat. Exposed to a rat in a cage positioned over his face, Smith encounters his hell; it is real. His total horror plunges him back to his former life as an automaton in a totalitarian society. Is that the goal of the Ataturk Airport bombers? I think the answer is yes.
- people started rushing … screaming “‘bomb’, and screaming ‘gunfire,’ and everyone just turned around and started running”
- “Panic just set in”
- “Kind of a frightening scenario, not knowing what’s going on, being stuck in a corridor thinking that perhaps around the corner is someone running around with an assault rifle”
- Outside the airport, desperate family members and friends waited for news of their loved ones
- dazed and shocked survivors
- The police officers’ uniforms were soaked in blood
- they walked through the scene in complete silence as ambulance sirens blared in the background.
“There was a silence of death covering the airport all around,” Passenger Richard Karahasan said.