Rabat - The T.V. was tuned to a Koran channel. I asked politely if it would be possible to watch the news on any channel to check on what had happened earlier in the morning. I didn't know that anything special had happened but anticipated there was always something tragic happening in some part of the Arab and Muslim world or involving an Arab or a Muslim. Operating his remote control device to change satellites and channels, the barber inquired whether I was interested in what had happened in Cairo. As he readjusted the sound, a London based Saudi channel popped on the screen showing images of a blast. Commentators were busy accusing what they referred to as the criminal brothers and their acolytes ISIS of a savage act of violence perpetrated by a guy on a motorcycle. The crater was several yards gaping and so deep it had reached the water table an eyewitness was saying. A customer, a young man, came in and sat next to me. He watched for a short while and an interesting discussion was launched.

Rabat city
Photo by Morocco World News
Abdellatif Zaki is a professor of Languages and Communication at Institut Agronomique et Vétérinaire Hassan II, Rabat, Morocco.