Disclaimer: notes transcribed as is, no editing has been made so as to preserve my original feelings as I read the chapter.
Part 1. Warnings; Chapter 7, Saladin Kader
Such an emotionally charged account; both politically & racially explosive, an older & perhaps wiser Saladin Kader recounts his pre-war life at age 17. A time when he thought he knew everything and was about to be recruited (at his own instigation) by the “Children Of Yassin” in Kuwait City.
It seems he thought very little of his docile father, but the eldest Kader had seen not one but two results of the African Rabies virus. Which just made him most determined to evacuate his family to, what seems to be the only country willing to believe in the threat of “African Rabies” (as some have called it, but I’m not keen on this name for the zombie plague). Even if it means heading toward a country that the family consider the enemy.
I love the moment that Saladin’s father, in a moment of desperation and blind fear of losing his son forever, suddenly transforms from the timid, soft father he knew into a lion protecting his cubs.
As he recounts, where had this man come from.
Some martyr I turned out to be, I think I cried all the way to Cairo.
Fear is a most potent weapon and his father used it to save his life. Such is a strong and powerful love parent can have that is overpowers all rational thought, in this case deservedly so.
Once the family arrive in Cairo, Saladin sees that the Israeli quarantine without prejudice. If the dogs don’t like what they smell, that person is removed. Ordinary injuries are dealt with normally but the infected are escorted away from the rest of the population.
The Israeli government reacted to the virus by taking all reports regarding it seriously. Disappointingly, they only let people of a certain background into their borders. I’m not sure I understand why, certainly a virus couldn’t care less what nationality of person it infected. It disregards all religious preferences. Gender? Who cares! Sexual persuasion? What’s that?!
Saladin’s opinions are polar opposite to the Israeli government, but just as racist. Continue reading this post