We live in a world of intolerance masked as tolerance.
"My face and your faces shall not be masked; our hand shall hold neither sword nor sceptre, and our subjects shall love us in peace and shall not be in fear of us." Thus spoke Jesus, and unto all the kingdoms of the earth I was blinded, and unto all the cities of walls and towers; and it was in my heart to follow the Master to His kingdom.khalil gibran
A pardlike Spirit beautiful and swift A Love in desolation masked; a Power Girt round with weakness; it can scarce uplift The weight of the superincumbent hour; It is a dying lamp, a falling shower, A breaking billow; even whilst we speak Is it not broken? On the withering flower The killing sun smiles brightly: on a cheek The life can burn in blood, even while the heart may break.Percy Bysshe Shelley
I'm not questioning your powers of observation, I'm merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is.
Encounters between strangers in the desert, while rare, were occasions of mutual suspicion , and masked by initial preparations on both sides for an incident that might prove either cordial or warlike.