Peshawar: animals kill children

December 16, 2014 at 6:45 pm (children, fascism, Guardian, islamism, Jim D, Pakistan, reactionay "anti-imperialism", relativism, Stop The War, terror, youth)

Taliban slaughter school children

A mother mourns her son Mohammed Ali Khan, 15, a student who was killed during the atrocity - the deadliest in Pakistan's history

A mother mourns her son, a student who was killed during the atrocity

Adapted from the South Asia Daily:

The Taliban stormed a military-run school in northwest Pakistan on Tuesday, killing at least 140 people — most of them children (NYT, CNN, BBC). Around 10:00 a.m. local time, six or seven heavily armed Taliban gunmen entered the Army Public School and Degree College in Peshawar, opening fire on some students and taking dozens of others hostage and holding them in the main auditorium; some managed to escape the school compound. As the day wore on, military forces battled with militants still inside the school.

Children who escaped say the militants then went from one classroom to another, shooting indiscriminately.

One boy told reporters he had been with a group of 10 friends who tried to run away and hide. He was the only one to survive.

Others described seeing pupils lying dead in the corridors. One local woman said her friend’s daughter had escaped because her clothing was covered in blood from those around her and she had lain pretending to be dead.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying that it was in retaliation for the military’s offensive against militants in the North Waziristan tribal region. The Pakistani military has been carrying out the offensive, known as Operation Zarb-e-Azb, since June.

Khan postpones protests

Imran Khan, the chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf opposition party [which has often been accused of appeasing the Taliban – JD] announced on Tuesday that he would delay his party’s countrywide protests — scheduled for Dec. 18 — in light of the attack on the school in Peshawar (Dawn). The protests were aimed at shutting down the country in order to pressure the government to investigate allegations of vote rigging 2013’s general elections.

JD comments:

Too many people on the left and liberal-left are willing to excuse Islamist movements like the Pakistani and Afghani Taliban (or even ISIS, though for some reason they have fewer apologists on the “left”), or use spurious “blowback” explanations to “contextualise” their atrocities into a narrative that effectively excuses their outrages by blaming the west and denying the Islamists any autonomy or independent agency.

This latest outrage is far from unique in targeting school children, though it is exceptional in its scale. One hopes that it might give some leftist idiots and Guardian columnists pause for thought, as well as forcing the present government of Pakistan out of its complacency and denial … but don’t hold your breath.


  1. Andrew Coates said,

    There was also Beslan, 385 killed.

    On the third day of the crisis the children prayed to Harry Potter.

    I have never been able to think of Harry Potter and his goodness in the same way since.

  2. Jim Denham said,

    A surprisingly forthright editorial in todays’ Graun: presumably Seumas was off duty when it was written:

  3. Lamia said,

    Well said, Jim.

    I came here to post anger, but I am glad you have done it for me, as all I can do is look at that photo with tears.

    Andrew, that is heart-rending too.

  4. Jim Denham said,

  5. Bas said,

    Spot on JD

  6. Jim Denham said,

  7. Rilke said,

    There is even less space for the so-called ‘blow back’ ‘explanation’ when you understand that these attacks by the Taliban are connected to the ongoing dipsute with the Pakistani state over the Durand border line and the attempt by successive Taliban regimes to bring ther Pushtun ‘tirbes’ back under Taliban ‘rule’. In other words, there is a strong reactionary irredentist impulse to them.The intervention of US and Western military power has certainly not made this part of the Afghani people’s problems any better, but it certainly didn’t invent it or ’cause’ it either. Mouthing phrases about ‘Western imperialism’ is easy, even I can do it – my son wants an X-box ‘because of it’, right? But now and again there are historical and ethical questions that are beyond such simple conjectures.

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