Was wondering what y’all think of what’s going on in Pakistan.
Yesterday, an attempt to destroy one of the Intelligence Agency centers in Lahore killed more than two dozen people, injured more than three hundred, and destroyed an emergency services building:
- Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/28/world/asia/28pstan.html
- Pics: http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2009/05/27/world/0527-pstan_index.html
Today (28 May 2009), Pakistan the Taliban warned people to evacuate cities (scary !!!).
And there have been three attacks around Peshawar so far, after the warning:
Update: the Times article says bombs exploded in Lahore today, too.
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One of the cities under direct threat is Multan, a center of Sufi history, with beautiful old architecture:
Making this city a target has two purposes, as I see it: it’s a big commercial center, and its Sufi history is an implicit challenge to the Taliban’s views on Islamic rules for living.
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My opinion about the conflict:
Anyone in the wondering why Pakistan appeared to be appeasing the Taliban can now see why that strategy was being used. And anyone thinking the strategy was a sign of innate weakness can now change their mind. That’s what I think, anyway. This is a dangerous situation. I wish all the best (how shallow that sounds) to the men in Pakistan who have to take on this fighting, and to the families who are having their lives destroyed by this conflict.