Wednesday, January 20
No tears for massacred Pakistani university students
Bill Roggio at Long War Journal reports:
Suicide team sent by Pakistani Taliban faction assaults university
A suicide assault team from a faction of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan launched an attack on a university in the country’s northwest today, killing more than 20 students and faculty before security forces intervened to end the siege. The attack was claimed by a dangerous Taliban commander who plotted the assault on a military school in Peshawar as well as an airbase near the same city over the past two years.
Four jihadists dressed in military uniforms and armed with AK-47 assault rifles and suicide vests attacked Bacha Khan University in the northwestern district of Charsadda earlier today, Dawn reported. The jihadists indiscriminately opened fire on students, teachers, and security guards alike. Pakistani security soliders and police deployed to the university and engaged the gunmen, killing all four before they could detonate their vest.
The attack was claimed by Khalifa Umar Mansour, the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s leader for Peshawar and Darra Adam Khel. According to Dawn, Mansour published a claim of responsibility on his Facebook page (the page is no longer available).
Mansour is best known for the brutal December 2014 attack on a military high school in Peshawar that killed more than 120 people, mostly students. He also is responsible for the September 2015 suicide assault on the Pakistani Air Force camp in Badabair. Mansour, who is also known as Umar Narey, has been featured in Taliban propaganda in the past.The rest Bill could have copied and pasted from LWJ reports on earlier terrorist attacks in Pakistan. It's the same old story, differing only in minor details from all the other stories:
Khorasani’s criticism of Mansour is understandable as the assault on the Peshawar military academy in December 2014 brought the wrath of the Pakistan military down on the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan.
The military, which pushed off US and Western requests to target jihadists based in North Waziristan for more than a decade, launched an operation in that tribal agency that targeted the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan and some allied group.
But the military, despite claims to the contrary, did not target so-called “good Taliban” factions such as the Haqqani Network and the Hafiz Gul Bahadar Group. These two Taliban factions are considered by powerful military and intelligence factions to be assets to the Pakistan government as they serve as a bulwark against Indian influence in Afghanistan.
The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan remains a potent threat to the government despite multiple military offensives against the group throughout the northwest since 2007. While the Pakistani military has targeted the group in different districts, the Pakistani Taliban moves to other areas and receives the support of the “good Taliban” factions to continue operations.
Additionally, Pakistani Taliban fighters routinely slip across the border into lawless areas of eastern Afghanistan to escape limited military offensives.
But the 'good' Taliban are not only a bulwark against India. Pakistan's military simply wants to use them to help it rule Afghanistan.
So after all the hell that Pakistanis have inflicted on Americans in Afghanistan and Afghans, and Indians, I'm supposed to feel sorry for murdered Pakistani children? Yes it's a tragedy but there have been so many tragedies, so many senseless deaths; so many children, so many innocents, cut down.
Yet Pakistan's rulers can't change; they are who they are -- fiends. The Saudis, long the sponsors of Pakistani actions in Afghanistan and against India, can't change. They are who they are -- fiends. The British government, long an aider of Pakistan's policies -- even against British troops in Afghanistan -- is so dependent on Al Saud there is little hope it can change.
It's my government that can and must change. Stop supporting fiends, stop cooperating with them. Stop selling them weapons and giving their military training.
I don't want to hear that everyone else is doing it. That's what everyone else says: The Americans are selling them weapons and giving them training, so we can do it. But stop and think: if everyone else is leaping off a cliff does that mean you have to?
As to the excuse that we have to keep helping Pakistan's military because if we don't al Qaeda will get hold of their nukes -- one fiend parts his hair on the left and another on the right. And they're worried about which hair part gets hold of nukes?
Imbeciles. Do you realize I am surrounded by imbeciles here in Washington? Then people wonder: Why is she so often in such a bad mood?