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Terrorism Thrives in Pakistan

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Posted on Apr 30, 2008
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According to a newly released State Department report, Pakistan experienced twice as many terrorist attacks against nonmilitary targets in 2007 than it did in 2006, killing 1,335 people. That kind of instability would be pretty frightening if Pakistan had dozens of nuclear weapons. Oh, wait a second, it does.


New York Times:

Terrorist attacks against noncombatants more than doubled in Pakistan from 2006 to 2007, reflecting the growing violence in the country’s turbulent tribal areas and new bombings against Pakistani government officials and security services, according to a report released Wednesday by the State Department.

The report also said the number of deaths from the attacks in Pakistan quadrupled in that time period, to 1,335 fatalities, casting doubt on the American-backed counterterrorism policies of President Pervez Musharraf that the new government in Islamabad is now reshaping.

The new statistics show that terrorist strikes against nonmilitary targets worldwide remained virtually unchanged in 2007 from 2006, at roughly 14,500 attacks, but the number of deaths from those attacks increased to 22,685 from 20,872, according to statistics compiled by the National Counterterrorism Center.

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By Crimes of the State Blog, May 1, 2008 at 4:16 pm Link to this comment

I suppose it never occurs to Americans that they are paying Pakistan billions of dollars to NOT “eradicate terrorism.” 

The “terrorists” are worth their weight in billion dollar bills.

The ISI created Al Qaeda, armed and funded and trained them—protected them after 9/11 in a massive air lift out of Afghanistan.  This airlift was conducted while the USAF controlled Afghanistan’s airspace.

You may want to look into accusations that the head of Pakistani intelligence ordered wire transfers to Mohammad Atta in excess of $100,000.  When this became front page news on October 9, 2001, he resigned immediately (Lt. General Mahmud Ahmad).

This same ISI chief was negotiating with the Bushies the week before 9/11 in an unusual trip that the Pakistani newspapers wrote about.

I guess if you don’t understand that THE “WAR ON TERROR” IS COMPLETELY BOGUS, you won’t be interested in this sort of thing.

Osama bin Laden himself was reported to be in the Pakistani military hospital in Rawalpindi, for kidney treatment on September 10 2001, the eve of 9/11.

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By WR Curley, May 1, 2008 at 7:40 am Link to this comment
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NPR reported this morning, without comment, that US warplanes destroyed the home of a purported Somali militia leader deep in the heart of Somalia, presumably killing the target male and probably a fair number of other people as well (casualties, of course will be hard to verify from the Google Earth images of charred rubble).

Where is the Congressional authorization for the invasion of Somalia. Did I miss that one?

NPR helpfully noted that this unfortunate leader’s militia was listed by the “US government” as a “terrorist organization” some few days ago. That explains everything I guess. Or at least it’s good enough for the editorial board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

We are now in the business of assassinating people with F-16s. Israeli-style. Collateral damage? Women and children? The hell with it. They were all Muslims anyway. Nits make lice, as the bluecoats used to say of the Sioux.

The beginning of the end for the American adventure in Viet Nam came when the Nixon people had the audacity to carpet bomb Cambodia, a neutral neighbor with friendly ties to the US. There were riots on campus. Students were gunned down by the National Guard.

What the hell is going on, people? Can we please stop dicking around with the petty little talking points fed to us by corporate media?

The situation is grave and it’s getting worse.

There was an appreciation in the sixties and the early seventies that the media were and would always be handmaidens to empire. There was an appreciation that the only effective way to change the nature of the national debate was by forte main…You gotta shut the whole thing down.

You want to know what finally ended our bloody engagement in Viet Nam? It was the bloody engagement at Kent State. It was the indelible image of an American kid in chinos face down in a pool of his own blood, a schoolmate kneeling beside him screaming for help.

The blogosphere is a sim world, people. Life is in the streets.

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By jatihoon, May 1, 2008 at 7:13 am Link to this comment

Wake up America, wake up world. One country terrorist is other country militia, fully trained, financed and under direct control of Pakistan I.S.I.directed against India and now Karzai goverment in Afganistan.Piece meal policies will not work. In order for new democracy to succeed in Pakistan, the terror organization, I.S.I must be brought under control, if not totally disband.I.S.I is a “RELIGIOUS Militia,“controling most of mullahs,mosques, madrassa’s and its funding, look into I.S.I history and you will notice what havoc it has brought to Pakistan civic society.Any democratic elected Pakistan party, which try to bring it under civilian control,either its leader was hanged, dismissed or forced to go into exile.

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By jackpine savage, May 1, 2008 at 4:05 am Link to this comment

Because the report was almost certainly issued by the “Public Diplomacy” crowd.  “Public Diplomacy” being a wonderful little euphemism for “propaganda”.  The DoS is, unfortunately, not much more than the left hand of the DoD.

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By TDoff, May 1, 2008 at 2:29 am Link to this comment

How come the State Department didn’t mention that well over 50% of the ‘Pakistani’ terrorist attacks were committed by clandestine (and overt) US forces?

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