ISLAMISTS TARGET SCHOOLS. WHERE'S THE OUTRAGE? /update
The killing of Buddhist teachers by Islamists in Southern Thailand has become so common place that the last time the NYT considered worthy of reporting was in February. Then, the estimate was 60 dead teachers. Of course, the NYT blamed the government's harsh response for the Islamist brutality. In the meantime, a coup determined to follow the sage NYT advise and appease the murderers. Today the number of teachers murdered is over 70. Yesterday, two female teachers were killed in the library. A third male teacher was killed in his car. 130 schools were closed. Of course, who cares when non whites die as long as the whites do not do the killing?
MSM is much more interested in Afghanistan as anything that happens there can be blamed on Americans and their coalition partners. Speaking in Princeton yesterday, former US Ambassador to Afghanistan, Robert Finn, noted though did not"morbidly" dwell on the"success" the Taliban have been having in targeting schools. Indeed, the Taleban warns women and children to stay away from schools and remain at home. They have been burning numerous schools and killing teachers. 120 such incidents occurred in 2006 alone.
Touring Afghanistan earlier this year UNICEF representative, Ms. Mbengue said:
"No one is quite sure why schools are targeted," notes Ms. Mbengue."But schools are a symbol of progress and change and stability, and so those forces that want to maintain instability in Afghanistan might be choosing this way to send their message."
How objective and rational an analysis. The latest is the shooting of two school girls and the injuring of six more:
Two gunmen on a motorbike have killed two school girls and wounded six others as they left their school south of the Afghan capital, Kabul, officials say.
The attack in Logar province came at about midday as pupils were leaving.
Officials say the gunmen waited for the girls before spraying bullets into the all-girl school and escaping.
The Al Qaeda/Taliban are following the same strategy in Pakistan"
In what appears to be an escalating spree over the last year, extremists have bombed at least four girls' schools and circulated violent threats warning girls to stay at home. While no girls or school staff have been killed, girls in some areas have stopped attending classes – marking a direct blow to Pakistan's national enterprise of"enlightened moderation," which posits female education as a central pillar.
The Palestinian use of children as bait and present and future suicide bombers is well documented. As are Islamists attacks in children in the US and Russia. Unfortunately, outrage is missing.
Is there anything these low lives can do which will bring down upon them the ire of the Muslim world?
Have their leaders any vestiges of humanity left?
Do international organizations? Do NGOs?
Haim Nahman Bialik wrote after the Kishinev pogroms:
Cursed is he who says 'Revenge!' Vengeance for the blood of a small child Satan has not yet created.
O.K. not revenge but where is the outrage and the steely determination to fight this human plague?
A bomb also exploded near a Narathiwat vocational college, injuring a soldier.
The blast came after insurgents torched 13 schools in almost simultaneous arson attacks in Yala and Pattani provinces late Wednesday, police added.
The latest arson attacks brought the number of schools torched by rebels to 200, while 77 teachers have been killed in the three-year insurgency, according to education officials in the region.
You can see a video report here. In it a young girl asks:"Why have they burned my schools? If they have a heart, why have they burned my schools?" Over 600 schools have been closed following the recent rise in violence.
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