Taliban attack school in Pakistan, killing 132

A young Pakistani girl, victim of a terrorist attack, is rushed to a hospital in Peshawar. (AP)

A young Pakistani girl, victim of a terrorist attack, is rushed to a hospital in Peshawar. (AP)

The news out of Pakistan this morning is grim. Earlier today, Taliban terrorists attacked a school run by the Pakistani military, with the death now exceeding 132, according to Pakistani press reports and certain to grow. Almost 250 are reported wounded, many of them very seriously. All six attackers, all wearing suicide vests, are said to be dead. The vast majority of their victims are children, the young sons and daughters of Pakistani soldiers.

The attack was retaliation for a Pakistani military operations targeting Taliban-controlled areas of the country over the summer. “Our suicide bombers have entered the school, they have instructions not to harm the children, but to target the army personnel,” a Taliban spokesman said by phone. That claim was utterly false; the gunmen went from room to room shooting every student they found, most of them in the head.

“I was sitting in the corridor with 10 of my classmates when we heard firing,” one student told a Pakistani newspaper. “We immediately ran towards the classroom to hide there but the militants chased us down and found us. They were dressed in shalwar kameez (traditional clothing)and the only thing they told us is: ‘read the kalma’.”

The kalma, or kalima, are the six basic precepts of Islam; the student was the only one in his group of 10 to survive.

The dead students are part of the cost that Pakistan, a deeply Islamic country, is paying for finally confronting the extremists of their faith who have seized major parts of the country and threaten its stability. Schools — particularly girls’ schools — have long been a favorite Taliban target, but this is by far the most deadly attack to date.

Judging from what I’m reading so far in the Pakistani press, the brutal, cowardly attack is far more likely to galvanize the often fractious country against the Taliban than to dissuade it from further military action. After all, it’s difficult to envision compromise with those who target helpless children.

UPDATE: In the comments below and elsewhere, I continue to see anti-Islamic bigotry and rants about the supposed refusal of Muslims to condemn and confront the extremists in their faith. Yet in the tragedy above we have a heart-rending example of Muslims doing exactly that and paying for it with the most precious thing that any parent possesses.

And still the blind among us pretend not to see it.

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EagleHasLanded
EagleHasLanded

Islam is intolerant, racist, ignorant and built upon the shoulders of a genocidal murderer named Mohammed.  All we need to defeat Islam is FREE SPEECH.  Islam is insanity.  We must get it out of our civilization.  It is a cancer.  Even Christians are arming at an alarming rate and I fear what is coming that the Government will be powerless to stop.God Help  Us!  Holy Mary Pray for us sinners.

WoodstockMike
WoodstockMike

132 children murdered and Jay Bookman is more concerned with what people say about Muslims?

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

"The KKK, the Lords Resistance Army, Phineaus Priests, The Covenant..............all are Christian terrorists fiftythreepercenter......but you've never heard of them because their crimes and killings are not reported at the same noise level as these others. "


Ok.... They're nut cases leading cults in other parts of the world claiming to be "Christian" while engaging in sick demented atrocities no actual Christian approves of.  But you know that already, don't you?  But if it makes you feel better, I denounce them all as nutcases.


Feel better now?

Alan Howard
Alan Howard

@fiftythreepercenter Yes.........these groups killing people in the name of religion (regardless of what faith) are nutcases as you put it.  I have another word for them.  Criminals.

Alan Howard
Alan Howard

The KKK, the Lords Resistance Army, Phineaus Priests, The Covenant..............all are Christian terrorists fiftythreepercenter......but you've never heard of them because their crimes and killings are not reported at the same noise level as these others.  There is no justification for terrorism whether it is Islamic, Christian, Buddhist, or anything else.

td1234
td1234

@Alan Howard And all these groups combined are what % of the population as compared to radical jihadist? How many people have these groups killed in the past 10 years and how many have Muslims? 

Alan Howard
Alan Howard

@barkingfrog @Alan Howard Overthrowing an oppressive regime involves uprisings and revolution.  Terror against civilians is never justified.  So no, not even to overthrow a repressive totalitarian regime is terrorism acceptable.

Alan Howard
Alan Howard

@td1234 @Alan Howard The LRA has killed upwards of 50,000 people in the last 10 years and are continuing even now.  The KKK have a nasty historical track-record, but you are correct that they are not killing large #s today.  However, your % question doesn't even make sense for Muslims - since these crazy radicals make up less then 1% of the 1.8 billion worldwide Muslim population.  And it is important to point out that the overwhelming victims of these criminal radicals are Muslims.  Today in Pakistan, the children were Muslim.  The police fighting to enter the school were Muslim.  The teachers slaughtered were Muslim.  

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

"Shouldn't those demanding that Muslims speak out against Muslims terrorists, also demand that Christians must speak out against Christian terrorists?"


Absolutely.  What Christian terrorists would you like me to denounce? 

Alan Howard
Alan Howard

What happened in Peshawar is horrific and criminal and there is absolutely no excuse for it.  Not in Pakistan, not in Islam, not in any place or among any people on earth.  

Alan Howard
Alan Howard

WGA1990:  You clearly are not familiar with the Lords Resistance Army fighting for a Biblical nation in Uganda.  Their MO is rape, child abduction, forcing children to kill their parents, the cutting off of limbs, lips and noses of civilians.  And they do it all in the name of Christianity.  And it is happening now.  Nobody and no religion has a corner on the market of depravity or misogyny.

WoodstockMike
WoodstockMike

Notice how Jay has to throw in the last statement...  Can't just say the truth of the matter, in the name of Allah, over a hundred children were murdered while only trying to go to school...

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@WoodstockMike And notice that the people in Pakistan fighting the Taliban are also Muslim. 

Or does that fact sail right by you? 



WGA1990
WGA1990

When I see my fellow Christians as suicide bombers blowing innocent people up or beheading innocent people that they record on video tape or bursting into a school and murdering innocent children all in the name of the Holy Trinity then I'll speak out loudly. I haven't seen any of that in my lifetime and I've been around for quite awhile.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@WGA1990 You're droning Muslims now . . . some innocent people are getting blown up there. some probably beheaded, but not in the way you're envisioning I'm certain. We've also invaded a few Muslim countries and housed troops in places some Muslims find offensive. We claim it's to protect ourselves. They sorta fail to see that.


But hey, glad to hear when we stoop to their level you'll do something. Funny, i don't remember you actually doing so, however, when the topic was torture the other day.

WGA1990
WGA1990

@Nick_Danger @WGA1990 

That's just plain stupidity and must be the result of some ideological indoctrination that has you in complete denial of reality.

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@Mr_B @WGA1990

...to say nothing of D##k and George's Excellent Iraq Adventure, which totally was NOT about Christians trying to control what Muslims do in the name of some lunatic Christian-based ideology so stop saying that.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@WGA1990 @Nick_Danger 

I learned there's no point in arguing with a zealot.

You're not a stupid person.  You've read the examples below.  If you choose t believe they didn't happen, there's nothing I can say to alter your little reality, so I just point it out, and not try to change it.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

@WGA1990 I see this is invoking the "true" Christian argument. 


Well, no "TRUE CHRISTIAN" has ever done this. 



WGA1990
WGA1990

@Mr_B @WGA1990 

To the best of my knowledge there wasn't any worldwide movement emanating from Northern Ireland to force people to convert to Roman Catholicism. I guess you like the apples to oranges type comparisons. Particularly, when you can't make a valid point.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@WGA1990 @Mr_B 

Whoo!  There go the goalposts!  If you can't win the argument, change the terms, eh?

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@WGA1990 

"There are none so blind..."

If you want to live in a world of denial, your choice, dude. 

Wiki "Army of God"

Visual_Cortex
Visual_Cortex

@WGA1990

suicide bombers blowing innocent people up or beheading innocent people that they record on video tape or bursting into a school and murdering innocent children

Nice, convenient bunch of conditions you've set to ensure that you need never fret about whether Christianity has created a subset of violent terrorists of its own, in this very country. 

Yeah, long as it's just abortion providers and their workers getting murdered, or liberal churchgoers, ain't no big thing.

Mr_B
Mr_B

@WGA1990 So I guess you slept through the Troubles in Northern Ireland a few years ago?

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

"Given your inability to grapple with advanced concepts, it's all your side leaves me with, Pumpkin.  If there's a problem, it's that your side possesses neither the intellect nor the endurance to last through an argument with me.  Then again, that'd be y'all failing, not mine."


And with that, Tuna awards himself another win!!!!  Must be one hell of a trophy case you have there, Tuna.  Does mom dust those off for you occasionally or do you polish them yourself?

fiftythreepercenter
fiftythreepercenter

@TBS @Nick_Danger @fiftythreepercenter The funny thing is Tuna thinks he's winning the debate while the people leaving the debate are shaking their heads saying "can't debate with a moron that far out of touch with reality".  It's actually funny to watch, but Tuna ain't getting the message.


And apparently, neither are you!!

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@fiftythreepercenter "And with that, Tuna awards himself another win!!!!  Must be one hell of a trophy case you have there, Tuna.  Does mom dust those off for you occasionally or do you polish them yourself?"


As I said earlier, Pumpkin, a TKO doesn't really merit a trophy.  And that's about all the resistance you offer.


And as far as my mother goes, she's in a nursing home since my wife and I were no longer able to provide her with the level of care she requires by ourselves in our home.


Next strawman?

Tuna Meowt
Tuna Meowt

@fiftythreepercenter @TBS @Nick_Danger "The funny thing is Tuna thinks he's winning the debate while the people leaving the debate are shaking their heads saying "can't debate with a moron that far out of touch with reality".

If you're too stoopid to see that your side does the same sort of things you're berating the muslim side for, then I'm not the one out of touch with reality, Pumpkin.  And yes, I *am* winning the debate when you give up.  Don't come back now and try to claim that you didn't really quit, quitter.


"It's actually funny to watch, but Tuna ain't getting the message."


I got the message just fine.  The message is that you're ignorant and you have a giant, throbbing double standard that informs every discussion you enter.



n8diggidy
n8diggidy

I would've water boarded the p-dookey out of somebody to prevent this from happening.

TBS
TBS

@n8diggidy


You wouldn't have done nothing.  Your internet bravado is not that impressive except to you. 

gotalife
gotalife

To keep the people safe, they have to ban religion and guns or they are not keeping the people safe.

gotalife
gotalife

religions should be banned due to all the murders.


Tell the people religion is fraud and ban it.

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

@gotalife It keeps a lot of nuts in churches, mosques, and synagogues that

would be out on the street.

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

Islamic, Judaic, and Christian extremists do not represent their faith,

rather they disrespect it.