Sunday, December 21, 2014

Racism and Injustice Must End

Pakistan Army School Peshawar - map & satellite
Shamim Masih writes about the Taliban-Pakistan attack at a military operated school in Peshawar. In case you missed the news on this Taliban attack in which 141 died and of that number 132 were children. Here’s a BBC excerpt on the Islamic terrorist attack:
Militants from the Pakistani Taliban have attacked an army-run school in Peshawar, killing 141 people, 132 of them children, the military say.
Officials say the attack in the north-western city is over, with all the attackers killed. Seven militants took part in all, according to the army.
Scores of survivors are being treated in hospitals as frantic parents search for news of their children.
The attack - the Taliban's deadliest in Pakistan - has been widely condemned.
A Taliban spokesman told BBC Urdu that the school, which is run by the army, had been targeted in response to military operations.
Hundreds of Taliban fighters are thought to have died in a recent offensive in North Waziristan and the nearby Khyber area.
US President Barack Obama said terrorists had READ ENTIRETY – BBC provides numerous photos of after affects (Pakistan Taliban: Peshawar school attack leaves 141 dead; BBC; 12/16/14 last updated same date 13:30 ET)
Shamim is rightly shocked by the murder of children by Islamic terrorists. And apparently diverse political rivals in the Pakistan government have united to demonstrate that the Taliban will pay for this heinous crime … of killing Muslim children.
BUT I have to wonder. Where was the unity government call to action when the Taliban was involved in a Church slaughter by a couple of homicidal-suicide bombers killing a large amount of Church goers in Peshawar?
Also Shamim does something that on a personal level I have a pet peeve with; viz. showing a difference between radical Islam and so-called moderate Islam by saying, “…we show our solidarity with our Muslim brothers, we remember the impact of the twin bomb attack on a church in Peshawar last year”. It is my opinion that I know many will disagree with, that a good Muslim is one that at the very least regards the Quran as the inerrant word of the Islamic deity Muslims call Allah. Such a belief does little to separate the purist-radical Islam from the so-called moderate Islam. Indeed a Muslim that ONLY follows the peaceful and seeking Allah suras of the Quran are disobeying Quranic commands to hate Jews, Christians and polytheists.
Anyway, here is Shamim’s editorial report.
JRH 12/19/14

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Racism and Injustice Must End
By Shamim Masih
Sent: 12/19/2014 3:09 AM
ISLAMABAD: We had just finished our routine meeting in our office and were sitting in the reporting room. My colleague Nasir Kazmi told me that Chief Justice Supreme Court Justice Nasirul Mulk will be hearing the Kot Radha Kishan case today. During our discussion I received a text message from BBC producer Wietske, she said that our planned visit is postponed due to the incident in Peshawar therefore we cannot move to Lahore. The assault, which was still in progress at mid-day….. Was it a reaction of Operation Zarb-e-Azb [Blog Editor: Zarb-e-Azb inflicted fatal blow on terrorists: PM] or what else?
According to the reports, Taliban commandos stormed Army Public school in Peshawar. The fatal attack has resulted in at least137 deaths, and many were injured. The attackers were said to have been dressed like military soldiers in an attempt to subvert security protocols. They went after the unarmed and helpless. Every bully is a coward underneath it all. Victims were killed either in class rooms or corridors. Some survivors’ spoke of how they played dead to avoid being shot, terrified that they would never see the light of the day again. Education isn’t just the best antidote to poverty; it is one of the best anti-terrorism tactics – helps kids get out of hopelessness and into opportunity. But a band of men walked into a school in Peshawar and massacred over 130 children. What kind of person does something like this?
Although we do not expect many Christians to have been affected by this attack, but we show our solidarity with our Muslim brothers, we remember the impact of the twin bomb attack on a church in Peshawar last year, which killed a similar number of victims. The pain families went through required counseling and moral support and we stand with these latest victims. We need to stand united against this wave of terrorism. If we have taken stand against the brutality in All Saints Church, Peshawar, and had taken stringent measures to kill this mind set. It sounds good, when the apex court has ordered [the] arrest [of] the police officers, who were present while an extremist mob burnt the Christian couple alive on November 4. CJ also ordered to take action against Molvi Noor Hassan and Arshad Baloch for provoking the crowd on that day.
These Taliban are killing children and fighting for their superior belief system which they want to spread around the globe and recreate the grand days of the Caliphate. As most of them can’t read or write, how could they do that? This Fazlullah character [Blog Editor: The rise of Maulana Fazlullah, the ruthless Taliban leader who ordered the Peshawar school killings] is nothing but another Stalin or Hitler in making, corrupting all before him. The educated Muslim community needs to very publicly disavow these perverters of their faith. Call them what they are, misogynistic, megalomaniacs with serious psychological problems.
It’s time that PM Nawaz Sharif learns that you can’t make a deal with the devil. Find out where the villages that shelter these animals are and carpet bombs them. Those “civilians” that provide refuge are supporters. Pakistani law enforcement agencies should be aware of them where these mutts are.
Be Blessed,
Shamim Masih
Diplomatic Correspondent, Foreign Policy, Diplomacy, UN, F & S, MOST, CADD & Human Rights Activist
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Edited by John R. Houk
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