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Fundamentalists and Extremists Go to the Rescue in Pakistan

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Posted on Aug 3, 2010
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The Guardian reports that Islamist groups, including at least one illegal organization linked to the Mumbai terror attacks, are going to the aid of Pakistan’s flood victims while the government scrambles to cope with the disaster.

The U.N. estimates that the floods now affect some 3 million people, with 1,500 killed so far.

The Guardian:

The busy roadside aid station for flood victims seemed ordinary enough. Huge pots were lined up to distribute cooked food to the hungry. An ambulance, now no longer needed to ferry the injured, was being loaded up with bundles of second-hand clothing to be given away. But rather than being run by a humanitarian agency or government officials, the aid station on the outskirts of Charsadda, a town in the north-west that has seen some of the worst flooding in Pakistan, was set up by a group alleged to be international terrorists.

Jamaat-ud-Dawa, a hardline Islamist organisation thought to be a front for Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group blamed for the 2008 assault on Mumbai, said it had 2,000 members working for flood relief across the north-west of the country and down into Punjab province.

With the government overwhelmed by the scale of the disaster, the worst flooding in Pakistan in at least 80 years, a gap has opened up for well-organised Islamic groups, mainstream and extremist.

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By ardee, August 4, 2010 at 4:13 am Link to this comment

Our foreign policies are most misguided, and achieve a goal exactly opposite to that which is claimed. Is this an accident, is this incompetence, or is this intentional?

During the reign of the Taliban in Afghanistan there was rising dissatisfaction with its tyrannical policies and restrictions among the people there. Today, after almost 9 years of war, many miss those days, many see the Taliban as a savior from the actions of the invaders who slaughter needlessly, inflict a corrupt and inept government upon them and practically assure that, no matter how long we remain there we will always be the enemy….

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By PatrickHenry, August 3, 2010 at 4:45 pm Link to this comment

I remember once upon a time when the U.S. delivered timely aid.

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By gerard, August 3, 2010 at 3:42 pm Link to this comment

Speaking of hearts and minds:
  Nothing of United Nations aid?
  Nothing of EU aid?
  Nothing of US aid?
  “Let them eat cake?” The wheels of the financial gods grind exceeding slow.

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