The North-West Frontier Province in Pakistan seems to be mutating rapidly into a mountainous version of the Gaza Strip. Like the Palestinians, the Taliban in the area have now decided that using children as suicide bombers is theologically justified.
According to the Taliban in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier Province boys and girls are ready to launch attacks in the name of “jihad”. The terrorists seek to take over whole regions along the border with Afghanistan and threaten more slaughter if the government does not stop its military operations.
Leaders of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan have warned that their boys and girls aged 10 to 20 are ready for a “Jihad against the infidels.” Addressing a press conference in Anayat Kalley, a few kilometres from the headquarters of the Bajaur Agency, a tribal area near the Afghan border, Tehrik’s deputy chief Maulana Faqir Mohammad and spokesman Maulvi Omar said that “a ‘fidayeen squad’(suicide bomber squad) comprising 10- to 20-year-old boys and girls, was ready to carry out attacks if the government did not immediately stop its operations in the Swat Valley and reverse its decision to launch military operation in other tribal areas. In the meantime arrangements have been made to effectively wage a “Jihad against the infidels”.
Maulvi Omar said that Tehrik’s chief, Baitullah Mehsud, held consultations with key Taliban commanders and they agreed that the only way to effectively counter the government’s plans was to launch massive terror attacks.
Notice that, after logical consideration, this decision was arrived at as a strategic necessity. It’s not a form of madness, a sudden fit of religious mania that comes upon believers in the spur of the moment.
It’s something they thought about carefully. They’ve decided it’s the tool required for the job. It’s thinkable because their religion tells them that anything, absolutely anything, is permitted — provided that it advances the cause of Islam.
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Suicide attacks involving minors are set for Peshawar, Mardan, Dir and other sensitive districts. The spokesman said Taliban had set up modern anti-aircraft and missile systems at their checkpoints along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border to avert any threat of incursion into fundamentalist areas by NATO and the Afghan National Army.
The Taliban are also threatening to take control of Karachi:
The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan also warned Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain to “immediately end his kingdom in Karachi”, saying the time was ripe for the Taliban to gain control of the city. “This is a final warning for Altaf Hussain to cease his statements against the Taliban and end his kingdom in Karachi, otherwise we will launch attacks against the MQM”.
Muttahida Qaumi Movement leaders did not wait long to respond, accusing the Taliban of plotting to “spread ethnic and sectarian violence” with a variety of weapons, adding that it was prepared to counter the enemy threat.
The Movement’s leaders called on the government to act against the “Talibanisation” of the North-West Frontier Province and find out who is supplying the Taliban with weapons and funds.
It’s a good question: who is funding the Pakistani Taliban? Cui bono?
No sovereign government, not even Saudi Arabia, would benefit from an Islamist takeover of Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal.
My first guess would be elements of the ISI which have been entwined with the Islamists for decades and are known to oppose Pervez Musharraf. One might also assume that zakat money from Muslims throughout the West has been making its way to NWFP through various “charitable” networks.
Any other suggestions?
Hat tip: VH.
Islam devours its young. There is nothing so comprehensively damning about Islam than its use of children for human sacrifice. Muslims may as well be hurling their wailing babies into the furnace of Molech.
Make no mistake about it either. Any way you look at it. this is human human sacrifice. Any, repeat any culture that willingly slaughters its own children is doomed to extinction. Be it by their own hand or at the hands of more moral people, such barbarous cruelty has no place on this earth.
The usual glaring question lingers as to why those who are so convinced of jihad’s importance do not volunteer themselves for such a glorious task instead of persuading gullible young children to die in their place.
If there is an abomination in the face of God, goodness, life, gaia or whatever you worship and hold most dear, this is it. Children are the world’s future. Islam’s devouring of its young serves as indelible proof that it does not have, nor does it deserve, any future amongst mankind.
There are limits and this is most certainly one of them.
We all know the saying: we will have peace when Muslims love their children more than they hate us. Looks like we just got a bit farther away from peace.
This whole idea of sending out kids to become suicide bombers is not just a crime, but it’s inconceivable to me. And I don’t even have children.
Any, repeat any culture that willingly slaughters its own children is doomed to extinction.
I understand your point, but I don’t think it holds up to the facts. If you have a high birth rate, as Muslims do, you can afford to slaughter a whole lot of children. If, for example, women bear 4.1 children each (and birth rates in Muslim countries are very close to that) you can kill 2 of them before going below replacement level. In other words, you can sacrifice approximately 1/2 your grown children to Allah and suffer no reduction in future population. It’s a huge obstacle in the way of defeating Muslims in a long-term war.
It depends, Randian, which Muslim nations you pick, for TFR. You can check through the CIA World Fact Book, but IIRC Yemen has about 8, while Tunisia, Algeria, and Iran have 1.7 or so … European levels or that of say, white yuppies in Minneapolis.
However, suicide attacks let alone that of children is not the weapon of a winner. A winner bribes and intimidates, often does not even have to fight. That the Taliban has come to this shows they are in trouble.
This isn’t even a precedent. The barbarity of children and the mentally disabled being used in this way by Muslims is well established.
“During the Iran-Iraq war, an enormous militia, called the Basij, was created under the aegis of the Revolutionary Guard. Boys aged 12 to 17 were dispatched against the Iraqi army, each armed with a plastic key to paradise, manufactured in bulk in Taiwan. A ghostly pale rider occasionally appeared, whose phosphorous-painted face was supposed to be that of the Hidden Imam, to urge these suicide waves on. Mowing these children down — and perhaps as many as 100,000 were killed — was so traumatic that even battle-hardened Iraqi veterans declined to fire. No Western-style commissions of inquiry have investigated these state-decreed mass suicides between 1980 and 1988. Instead, the Basji are celebrated, with the countenance of one 15-year-old suicide, who detonated himself against an Iraqi tank, evident in the watermark of 500 Rial bank notes.”
These boys were used as living mine sweepers, in front of Iranian troops.
It’s said that Ahmadinejad himself is a survivor of the Basji. Certainly they have been given prominent spots in the Iranian religious police.
randian: I understand your point, but I don’t think it holds up to the facts. If you have a high birth rate, as Muslims do, you can afford to slaughter a whole lot of children.
With all due respect, you are bean-counting. This isn’t only about numbers but mindset and applied philosophy.
Any culture that so totally disregards the sanctity of life, young life especially, demonstrates a pathological attitude towards human capital. This is clearly the case throughout the MME (Muslim Middle East). One glance tells even the most modest intellect that something is severely wrong in the MME.
Consider whether the MME would ever have become sufficiently evolved technologically to both extract and utilize the petroleum resouces that abound in their region.
Notice how the greatest killers of Muslims are other Muslims. As Wretchard of the Belmont Club notes in his superb “Three Conjectures“:
Even if Islam killed every non-Muslim on earth they would almost certainly continue to kill each other with their new-found weaponry. Revenge bombings between rival groups and wars between different Islamic factions are the recurring theme of history. Long before 3,000 New Yorkers died on September 11, Iraq and Iran killed 500,000 Muslims between them. The greatest threat to Muslims is radical Islam; and the greatest threat of all is a radical Islam armed with weapons of mass destruction.
Just like with oil extraction, as Islam becomes further enabled by simplification of nuclear weapons technology, Muslims will be evermore likely to annihilate themselves.
So it is with AIDS. Despite a definite undercurrent of homosexualality in Arab societies, the profound denial and shame involved will probably result in the shunning of all AIDS vaccines and so forth until their populations are ravaged. The same goes for consanguineous marriage. The pattern is abundant as it is devastating.
There are so many different paths to Islamic self-destruction and all of them take root in this fundamental disregard for human capital. Nothin embodies that disregard better than Muslims willingly delivering their own children into death’s withering embrace.