An enemy that targets children

Then people brought little children to Jesus for him to place his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples rebuked them.

Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

School pupil Mohammad Baqair lost his mother, a teacher, in the attack  -BBC

School pupil Mohammad Baqair lost his mother, a teacher, in the attack

Militants from the Pakistani Taliban have attacked an army-run school in Peshawar, killing 141 people, 132 of them children, the military say.

Officials say the attack in the north-western city is over, with all the attackers killed. Seven militants took part in all, according to the army.

Seven militants was all it took to massacre 132 children. Seven. One militant with a suicide vest or a remote controlled bomb can kill even more. Next time you are told that the enemy are in the minority remember this massacre. Remember what a ruthless enemy that targets children can do with only tiny numbers. Remember.

Scores of survivors are being treated in hospitals as frantic parents search for news of their children.

The attack – the Taliban’s deadliest in Pakistan – has been widely condemned.

Describing the attack from his hospital bed to the BBC’s Shaimaa Khalil, Shahrukh Khan, 17, said a gunman had entered his classroom and opened fire at random.

As he hid under a desk, he saw his friends being shot, one in the head and one in the chest. Two teachers were also killed…

…A Taliban spokesman told BBC Urdu that the school, which is run by the army, had been targeted in response to military operations.

…US President Barack Obama said terrorists had “once again shown their depravity” while UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said it was “an act of horror and rank cowardice”.

Unnamed military source – ‘They… made the kids watch.’

Speaking on guarantee of anonymity, the military source told NBC: “They burnt a teacher in front of the students in a classroom.

“They literally set the teacher on fire with gasoline and made the kids watch.”


Analysis:  This brutal attack may well be a watershed for a country long accused by the world of treating terrorists as strategic assets.

Pakistan’s policy-makers struggling to come to grips with various shades of militants have often cited a “lack of consensus” and “large pockets of sympathy” for religious militants as a major stumbling-block.

That is probably why, when army chief Gen Raheel Sharif launched what he called an indiscriminate operation earlier in the year against militant groups in Pakistan’s lawless tribal belt, the political response was lukewarm at best.

We will get them, was his message, be they Pakistani Taliban, Punjabi Taliban, al-Qaeda and affiliates, or most importantly, the dreaded Haqqani network. But the country’s political leadership chose to remain largely silent. This is very likely to change now.

-BBC News


If anything good can come from this horror I hope that it is that the pockets of sympathy for religious militants in Pakistan are now gone. When you attack a nations children you attack its heart.


Some of the injured were carried to hospital in people’s arms


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  • intelligentes candida diva

    “When you attack a nations children you attack its heart” What a powerful statement.

    They are nothing but cowards to do what they did and I am very please to read this as a stand alone post to highlight the travesty of their deed to make a point……gutless cowards I say

  • Nige.

    It may sound really obvious, but a workmate said to me today “we just need to be stronger than them. If they are willing to be dirty then WE need to do it. Someone will do it.”

    Problem is though that we in the western world are civilized. Civil. They have not made a way of blending their religious beliefs with technology. I could probably slip the word “morals” in there too.

    We give them sympathy and they give us bullets.

    • intelligentes candida diva

      I dont sympathise with them I pity them that they have empty souls to stoop to this tactic.
      Any effort I may have made to empathise their position is forever gone totally.
      Reminds me of Beslan.

      I dont care the cause, adults who deliberately choose to go and murder numbers of children en mass are dispicible…I feel enraged

      • Nige.

        yep. the time for sympathy is over. Why cant the world leaders see the damage they have done? What will it take?

        • Hard1

          The United Nations has made a severe miscalculation moving groups of people into new countries under the refugee quota system. The flood of illegals into Europe is a direct result.

    • Cowgirl

      That’s the thing about coming from a culture that preaches turning the other cheek – there will be some who take advantage of it and perceive it as weakness.
      It’s not a great war strategy.

    • aero13

      Our problem is this – an Australian radical islamist takes hostages, murders, & creates general mayhem, and MSM & our pollies label him “a man with severe mental issues”. When this happens in Iraq, Syria, et al, the same people correctly label them as “islamic terrorists”. These people all have severe mental issues, but they are ALL terrorists.

      • andrew carrot

        We forget that most of us have the luxury of a broad education and a reasonably safe upbringing. Most in the taliban don’t have an education beyond that which is provided to them by jaundiced imam. Within the Taliban’s world, all thoughts that don’t align with their own are heretical and therefore punishable. And you know how that story unfolds. If your world is strictly and narrowly defined by a inescapable and violent ethos, beyond archaic as we discern it, then how you react to a situation is not going to align with how we would approach the same issue.

  • Doc45

    Well said. What brutal cowards. I deplore the attempts to separate out the militants from the “peaceful Islamists”. When I see the so called “peaceful” doing more than huffing and puffing I may begin to think there is a point to this division. Peace is not a state of “doing nothing” – like freedom it has to be actively defended, To all the “peaceful” Muslims get out there and show you mean it. Help defend the helpless and make it impossible for the extremists to operate.

  • sarahmw

    just when you think nothing more horrendous can happen…..It does. Children slaughtered by thugs that do not care. To care you have to have a heart they do not! World wake up the craziness is all around us coming from every angle. How dare they murder children and call it freedom. Taliban,Isis,Is,AlQueda whatever name they use nothing justifies this.

    • andrew carrot

      Somewhere, the glorified fighters will already be enjoying their first virgin, maybe even their second! In seventy four/three days time, they’ll have run out of virgins and instead have 75 wives for eternity. Now, had the Taliban acknowledged that education is a way for their people to move out of goat-herding and poppy growing and allow them to enjoy some aspects of the modern world, which they selectively already do – Toyota Hi-Lux trucks, AK-47s, RPGs, petrol and electricity weren’t around in Mohammed’s day, their male aka dominant adherents would now understand that 75 x 5 minutes of joy (I doubt they have heard about kegel exercises) is an immeasurably small proportion of infinity (in fact, impossible to measure) and they would have realised that 75 wives for infinity is not a token most sane men seek to acquire. I suppose they’ll now be learning that fact the hard way. Enjoy eternity, boys.

      • caochladh

        There is a celestial market place where you can sell them once your’e finished with them, don’t you know. From there, they get refurbished and recycled into the pool for the next lot ;-)

        • andrew carrot

          An exponential downward curve in quality then? You can only recycle so much, even in Heaven.

  • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

    “But the country’s political leadership chose to remain largely silent.”
    So, next target for TTP might be a school where the political leadership send their kids?

    Let us hope that the next sentence, “This is very likely to change now” comes true without the need for a further nudge from Talibanis.

  • Another Middleagedwhiteguy
  • Primrose

    Where is Minto et al? Isn’t it time they spoke out? But then it’s not the Jews so it isn’t as important.

  • Captain Darling

    Cowards doesn’t come close to describing them. This Taliban group needs to be hunted down and exterminated. Nothing less will do.

    • Nige.

      There are people who I know who would sign up in an instant to hunt them down. All they would ask for is their plane ticket.

      • Muffin

        who knows, it may come to that.

      • andrew carrot

        The Pakistan cricket team won’t sign up. They play all their games in the UAE.

    • Edward Bufe

      Give the job to the Israelis, they will wipe them out ,then Minto will come out with his usual anti Israeli rhetoric condemning the Israelis and praising the brave Taliban

  • Chris Chitens

    The pictured man’s vest says “A&E”. A sad coincidence.

  • andrew carrot

    Pakistan Taliban: anti-education, pro religion of peace.

  • Graeme

    Lets not mince words. It was murder

  • Eddie

    But it could have just been a lone wolf, not connected to the real terrorist group. We should all ride with the Taliban and hold hands lest we be seen as impolite.
    Let’s not jump to conclusions too soon or we’ll become like those filthy zionists and Americans who are the real terrorists.

  • McGrath

    Utter scumbags. They need to be wiped off this earth with extreme prejudice!

  • luke

    I find it very sad that the murder of so many innocents in Pakistan barely caused a ripple in the Herald. Yet the Sydney siege dominated news coverage. How can anyone claim that Islam is the religion of peace when confronted by constant evidence to the contrary? Also the silence from the Islamic apologists is deafening. Yesterday it was the action of a mentally unstable lone wolf – nothing to do with terrorism, today we discover his girlfriend confessed to be a terrorist and rejoiced at 9/11, Bali etc. What will it take for people to wake up to an ever growing threat?

  • jude

    It is disgraceful that there are New Zealanders claiming these children were murdered because of the United States!
    The USA are damned if they intervene: Bosnia,Kuwait,Kosovo and damned if they don’t intervene eg when they and UN didn’t in Rwanda.
    The left wing in this country anger me.The excuses being made for behaviour which is totally inhumane is unacceptable.
    The ideology driving some individuals to commit atrocities is being written off as “lone wolf” behaviour.
    Rubbish, the whole idea of ISIS and other extremists, is to use the web to encourage this behaviour.
    By acting alone does not mean you are not an extremist/terrorist in my view.

    • Andrew Gibson

      Well said. The mistake western apologists make is to accord equal respect to our adversaries; to assume there must be some reason why terrorists are the way they are, if only we could understand them..!

      Sure, we can try and understand them, but – like all criminals – let’s lock ’em up first!

  • We have protests about animal shelters that do less than this to animals and they do it to people. Yet they have the cheek to call us immoral. If the Taliban want a war, i would consent for JK to send active combat troops and armoured vehecals to help the Pakistani government root these bastards out.

  • PJ

    I think that all of these groups are now trying to outdo each other. The Boko Haram, Taliban, ISIS, Al Queda, etc. They are trying to shock the world with the most atrocious acts they can think of to frighten everyone. You can’t call them animal as animals don’t act that way. They are evil. The politicians are doing “peace in our time” nonsense. They should all be blown off the face of the earth and to hell with collateral damage

  • sin-ic

    I hope some watched Paul Henry last evening on this. His rant was a pearler. He crucifed the Horrid on the one small line in red just below the Header and refered readers to page A7 for details on the most shocking massacre, leaving the whole front page to the previous days appaling news from Sydney.