You wander off, tramping around Africa for a few days and POW!, the bad guys take advantage of your absence.
Seriously, I'm glad you weren't envolved in the actual bombing and are still safe. While I'm not a particularly religous man, I do occasionally pray, usually when I've got troubles of my own. I am not embarrassed to say I prayed for your safe return when you first left, and I will be praying for your friends full recovery, physically and emotionally. I've never prayed for your conversion to conservatism though, free will and all that stuff, but I have "hoped" for a miraculous transformation once you got out of the service and joined the real world.