Pakistan is a mystery to me. How can it continue to act in such self-defeating ways? I’ll let the New York Times‘ Editorial Board summarize:
“Despite the grief and rage that followed the massacre of 148 students and their teachers by Taliban militants at an army-run school in Peshawar last week, Pakistan persists in its duplicitous and self-defeating response to the extremism that is threatening the country.”
Read the whole editorial online.
Let’s see: Islamic militants are killing school kids in Pakistan, young women who refuse to marry ISIS fighters in Syria and elderly Nigerians.
It’s hard to imagine who’s safe from these rampaging terrorists. Yes, there’s no other term that describes better the misguided men (and they’re mostly men) who think killing people is the way to usher in the caliphate.
Who needs external enemies when we have such bloodthirsty, misguided thugs claiming to be Muslim?
“What if there were a group of Muslim open carry advocates who called themselves ‘Sword of the Prophet’ and whose avowed mission was to bring Sharia law to the U.S., and they took to showing up armed and in large numbers outside of churches on Sunday, the way the [Open Carry] guys do at the state house.
“That’s the question writer and gun owner Jon Stokes asked in this piece at Alloutdoor.com.”
The rest of the commentary by Heather Digby Parton on Salon.com is here.
“Taliban” translates quite literally as “students”, yet (as this latest atrocity confirms) the undeniably evil men who call themselves the Taliban are anything but seekers of knowledge.
Murdering more than a hundred school kids in Pakistan? Really? “Their sole purpose, it seems, was to kill those innocent kids. That’s what they did,” Major General Asim Bajwa said during a press conference.
How can that action possibly be considered as following the true path of Islam? (For that matter, how can it be considered a a step toward seeking knowledge?)
Pakistanis in southwest Asia (and elsewhere) need to rethink their stance vis-a-vis these Islamic terrorists.