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Thursday, January 12, 2006

And this round goes to... Satan

It's the hajj season again, and that means that the Muslim faithful perform a ritual in which they symbolically stone the devil. The only problem is that Satan wins this confrontation on a fairly regular basis. In 1990, there were 1426 people killed in a stampede during this ritual; another 244 died two years ago. This year the results were once again decisively in Satan's favor:

Muslim pilgrims rushing to complete a symbolic stoning ritual on the last day of the hajj tripped over luggage Thursday, and an unknown number of people were killed in the ensuing stampede, the Interior Ministry said. State-run television said dozens died or were injured.

The stampede occurred as tens of thousands of pilgrims headed toward al-Jamarat, a series of three pillars representing the devil that the faithful pelt with stones to purge themselves of sin.

Dozens Reported Killed in Hajj Stampede

Guys, I know this must be important training for dealing with adultresses back home, but you've got to realize that you're overmatched here. Do what all brave Muslim warriors do when faced with a determined enemy: retreat.


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