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.”

-biblehub.com

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
-BBC

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.

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


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