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The Hajj Tragedy And Saudi Arabia's Blame Game

Saudi Arabia's health minister Khaled al-Falih blamed "undisciplined" pilgrims for the deadly stampede, adding that the tragedy would not have occurred had they "had followed instructions". The "public" is a large, heterogeneous and scattered audience. (At least this is what Mass Communications taught me at university.) The people comprising the "masses" differ from each other. For Hajj, they are united by their religion - Islam -- and the fact that they are humans. And yet the health minister decided to label the pilgrims "undisciplined" in general.