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GUNMEN STORM PAKISTAN AIRPORT, KILLING AT LEAST 13


World  (tags: Karachi Pakistan, airport, death, Taliban, terrorism, politics, government, crime, violence, news )

Carrie
- 199 days ago - bigstory.ap.org
Gunmen disguised as police guards attacked a terminal at Pakistan's busiest airport Sunday with machine guns and a rocket launcher during a five-hour siege that killed 13 people as explosions echoed into the night, officials said.



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Maria Teresa Schollhorn (44)
Monday June 9, 2014, 1:09 am
Criminals! Thanks for sharing.
 

Gloria picchetti (300)
Monday June 9, 2014, 8:01 am
Why did we bother? How many deaths? How many disabled veterans? How many destroyed families? What could have done with all the money lost?
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Monday June 9, 2014, 1:59 pm
Just incredible....
 

Jordan G. (29)
Monday June 9, 2014, 4:38 pm
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No matter who they are.
 

Katie D. (112)
Monday June 9, 2014, 9:58 pm
Terrible to hear this! Thank you Carrie
 

Frances Darcy (225)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 3:38 am
Terrible..
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 4:31 am
Noted, thank Carrie.
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 4:32 am
Oops. THANKS Carrie, not thank.
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 6:13 am
Noted
 

Patricia Martinez (13)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 8:51 am


This is yet another senseless tragedy, a perverse game of the Islamically indoctrinated with hatred and commands for Jihad, this time the Taliban, taking innocent lives. The Pakistani government has been afraid of going for a full frontal assault against the Taliban for fear of making the situation even worse, but unless the government does with all means at its disposal, we will continue to see and hear stories like this.

Mohammed, the founder of Islam, commanded his followers to use terrorism many times, and the lust for blood is a part of the mentality of so many of its followers. Wherever there are enough Mohammedans in close quarters with another sect of Mohammedans, brutality, blood letting, violence and terror is the inevitable outcome.

As a reader of The Times of India (English version), I could not help but notice many of the comments coming from Hindus in India about this that Pakistan is getting a taste of its own medicine. Terrorists in Pakistan have launched mujaheddin terror strikes in many places, killing thousands of people. Now Pakistan is having to come to grips with the forces that it set in motion.

 

Birgit W. (152)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 2:54 pm
Sadly noted.
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 3:15 pm
Wonder if any of the weapons used came from us...
 

Bruce C D. (93)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 4:00 pm
@Patricia Martinez--
Sectarian strife is hardly confined to Muslims. There weren't any Muslims involved in Ireland. That wasn't Muslims perpetrating the Spanish Inquisition. Wasn't it other Christians in France persecuting certain kinds of Christians? Didn't England suffer centuries of conflict between Christian sects? The Christian Bible has many examples condoning religious persecution. Muslims of different sects have coexisted peacefully in the past with each other and they continue to do so today for the most part. Not all sectarian strife among Muslims is due to religious differences, anymore than all sectarian strife among Christians is. In fact, the Taliban is Sunni, the same sect as most Pakistanis.

Didn't Timothy McVeigh blow up the Federal building in Oklahoma City because of what happened to Christian religious extremists in Waco? Isn't that Christian extremists blowing up women's health clinics and killing doctors? What about all the religious white supremacists acts of terror in the U.S.? For someone outside the U.S. reading about all the crime in the daily news, who wanted to pass hasty, biased judgments, they might characterize that for most Americans living "in close quarters," as you put it, "brutality, blood letting, violence and terror is the inevitable outcome." America is overwhelmingly Christian. Does that mean Christianity should be likewise categorically condemned?

As a reader of the Times of India, you must be aware of Hindu violence against Muslims. You would probably also be aware of the Hindu caste system. Do you then also categorically condemn Hinduism? Or is your religious bigotry selectively applied to just one type?

For the record, I'm atheist. I think all religions are kind of silly, and that they generally tend to be divisive, often leading to conflicts and human and civil-rights abuses. But I'm tolerant of religious beliefs, and I don't think one is particularly any "better" than another. In the U.S., which we like to regard as a progressive, "civilized" country, we still have religious attitudes adversely affecting women. Only 150 years ago we had slavery. We committed genocide and ethnic cleansing of Native Americans. Only 100 years ago women were given the right to vote. Just 50 years ago, African-Americans were granted civil rights, and we are still fighting against racism and discrimination against minorities and women. It would be unrealistic to expect all cultures to advance or evolve at the same pace. This doesn't mean that we shouldn't advocate for equal rights or human and civil rights to be respected elsewhere, but less arrogance and more patience and understanding, along with a broader perspective should be fostered.

I tend to agree that Pakistan has been playing with fire and got burned. But doesn't that also hold true for the U.S., which formerly supported extremists when it suited our purpose in Afghanistan? Aren't we now supporting the same kind of extremists in Syria, at least indirectly? The situation in Pakistan is complex. Part of the problem is how the government treats certain areas unequally. I doubt more drone strikes (which Pakistan authorizes), killing more innocents and creating more terrorists is necessarily the answer. And I think this latest attack was very likely in response to the Pakistani crackdowns on the Taliban, which has been ongoing.
 

Carrie B. (318)
Tuesday June 10, 2014, 9:14 pm
A hundred stars to you Bruce! Accurate and insightful comment. Thank you.
 

Stan B. (122)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 2:01 am
Patricia Martinez. Your comment is the only one that makes sense. Green star on its way.
 

Chaz Berlusconi (83)
Wednesday June 11, 2014, 7:47 am
I wonder when this will all stop.. these guys need to put these people to death...
 
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