Going to School and Being Ambushed By Gunmen

Pakistani rescue personnel collect evidence from a similar bombing in Matani ©AFP/Getty Images

My daughter just started kindergarten but for us it’s just a 2 minute bike ride to the school. In some places however, going to school can be a death sentence.

The BBC is reporting that gunman opened fire on a school bus south of Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtukhwa province (formerly the Northwest Frontier Province) killing 5 school children between the ages of 9 and 14.

No one has claimed responsibility for this criminal act and I’d assume that no one would want to do so. However, the area has seen heavy fighting between the Pakistani Taliban and groups that are opposed to the Taliban. The Pakistani government itself has little or no control over large swathes of these areas and it’s basically a free-for-all between pro- and anti-Taliban tribes.

In circumstances like these, we can’t expect much in the way of justice. We can only mourn of the lives snuffed out before they’ve had a chance to grow up.

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18 thoughts on “Going to School and Being Ambushed By Gunmen

  1. The very reason AI should differentiate HR from terrorism. Terrorism should be destroyed at any cost for the rest of the Humans to live in peace – Repeat – Example – Sri Lanka !!

  2. The very reason AI should differentiate HR from terrorism. Terrorism should be destroyed at any cost for the rest of the Humans to live in peace – Repeat – Example – Sri Lanka !!

  3. "Differentiate HR from terrorism" ??

    But …. what you call "terrorism" is BORN from the LACK of human rights !!

    & then, when you destroy "terrorism" "at ANY COST" ( your words, my emphasis ), you only ENSURE "terrorism" will be born again.

  4. “Differentiate HR from terrorism” ??

    But …. what you call “terrorism” is BORN from the LACK of human rights !!

    & then, when you destroy “terrorism” “at ANY COST” ( your words, my emphasis ), you only ENSURE “terrorism” will be born again.

  5. A. Savage.. !

    We can keep on arguing on this till the cows come home. But, let me put it this way, is Taliban & Al Quaida off shoots of lack of HR or Arabian Hatered towards the west ?? The terrorists who are involved in the scenario mentioned in this article – hatered towards the Paki government because they are allies of USA. SO, lack of HR is not the cause of Terrorism in my opinion and Terrorists could not be considered humans because they continue to carryout inhumane acts. So, in the name of humanity and to save humans, you need to destroy inhumanes – Simple !!

  6. A. Savage.. !

    We can keep on arguing on this till the cows come home. But, let me put it this way, is Taliban & Al Quaida off shoots of lack of HR or Arabian Hatered towards the west ?? The terrorists who are involved in the scenario mentioned in this article – hatered towards the Paki government because they are allies of USA. SO, lack of HR is not the cause of Terrorism in my opinion and Terrorists could not be considered humans because they continue to carryout inhumane acts. So, in the name of humanity and to save humans, you need to destroy inhumanes – Simple !!

  7. "Terrorists are not humans"… we talk like this when we're blind to the REAL historical process in a society..

    We think "terrorism" is caused by "inhuman" factors OUTside "our civilized" society.

    We don't see we are ALL part of this process INside society … with roles in it .

    What you call "terrorism" comes when a people feel they have no power to make the REAL decisions about their lives.

    As for the Pak Taliban….

    Why do they fight the government?

    You're right, an immediate factor is because the government sides with the FOREIGN power, the US, in the war…. NOT with the people, the poor, the native TRIBES.

    The poor see the government as always NEGLECTING their Rights.

    The radical Islamists enter the vacuum & try to seize the regional, local power.

    Education is one area of contention in this power war.

    The brutal killings of schoolchildren are happening in this context.

    The violent forces let loose are the product of neglect, want, & previous, longterm government / CIA policies encouraging radical Islam.

    Rights have always been replaced by foreign / "national" / local dominant interests.

    & these interests are fighting for power today at the expense of those same Rights.

  8. “Terrorists are not humans”… we talk like this when we’re blind to the REAL historical process in a society..

    We think “terrorism” is caused by “inhuman” factors OUTside “our civilized” society.

    We don’t see we are ALL part of this process INside society … with roles in it .

    What you call “terrorism” comes when a people feel they have no power to make the REAL decisions about their lives.

    As for the Pak Taliban….

    Why do they fight the government?

    You’re right, an immediate factor is because the government sides with the FOREIGN power, the US, in the war…. NOT with the people, the poor, the native TRIBES.

    The poor see the government as always NEGLECTING their Rights.

    The radical Islamists enter the vacuum & try to seize the regional, local power.

    Education is one area of contention in this power war.

    The brutal killings of schoolchildren are happening in this context.

    The violent forces let loose are the product of neglect, want, & previous, longterm government / CIA policies encouraging radical Islam.

    Rights have always been replaced by foreign / “national” / local dominant interests.

    & these interests are fighting for power today at the expense of those same Rights.

  9. To deliberately target children for murder is such a foul, despicable and unforgivable crime that it leaves one speechless. I'm also reminded of the unbelievably cruel Beslan siege where Chechen terrorists murdered almost 190 children.

    It's a shame that Govind forgets to mention Sri Lanka, where children no longer fear being murdered by terrorists or dying from from cross-fire in combat zones. And how did Sri Lanka stop its children being murdered and maimed? By ignoring threats and advice from Amnesty International and killing and crushing the terrorists responsible for a thirty-year war. AI however, still continues to whine ineffectually…
    http://thecarthaginiansolution.wordpress.com/2011

    Govind laments about "mourn[ing] for the lives snuffed out before they’ve had a chance to grow up."

    Well, Govind, unless the terrorists responsible for these murders are captured and/or killed, you'll be doing a lot more "mourning" and hand wringing.

  10. To deliberately target children for murder is such a foul, despicable and unforgivable crime that it leaves one speechless. I'm also reminded of the unbelievably cruel Beslan siege where Chechen terrorists murdered almost 190 children.

    It's a shame that Govind forgets to mention Sri Lanka, where children no longer fear being murdered by terrorists or dying from from cross-fire in combat zones. And how did Sri Lanka stop its children being murdered and maimed? By ignoring threats and advice from Amnesty International and killing and crushing the terrorists responsible for a thirty-year war. AI however, still continues to whine ineffectually…
    http://thecarthaginiansolution.wordpress.com/2011

    Govind laments about "mourn[ing] for the lives snuffed out before they’ve had a chance to grow up."

    Well, Govind, unless the terrorists responsible for these murders are captured and/or killed, you'll be doing a lot more "mourning" and hand wringing.

  11. To deliberately target children for murder is such a foul, despicable and unforgivable crime that it leaves one speechless. I'm also reminded of the unbelievably cruel Beslan siege where Chechen terrorists murdered almost 190 children.

    It's a shame that Govind forgets to mention Sri Lanka, where children no longer fear being murdered by terrorists or dying from from cross-fire in combat zones. And how did Sri Lanka stop its children being murdered and maimed? By ignoring threats and advice from Amnesty International and killing and crushing the terrorists responsible for a thirty-year war. AI however, still continues to whine ineffectually…
    http://thecarthaginiansolution.wordpress.com/2011

    Govind laments about "mourn[ing] for the lives snuffed out before they’ve had a chance to grow up."

    Well, Govind, unless the terrorists responsible for these murders are captured and/or killed, you'll be doing a lot more "mourning" and hand wringing.

  12. To deliberately target children for murder is such a foul, despicable and unforgivable crime that it leaves one speechless. I’m also reminded of the unbelievably cruel Beslan siege where Chechen terrorists murdered almost 190 children.

    It’s a shame that Govind forgets to mention Sri Lanka, where children no longer fear being murdered by terrorists or dying from from cross-fire in combat zones. And how did Sri Lanka stop its children being murdered and maimed? By ignoring threats and advice from Amnesty International and killing and crushing the terrorists responsible for a thirty-year war. AI however, still continues to whine ineffectually…

    http://thecarthaginiansolution.wordpress.com/2011/05/03/amnesty-intl-declares-war-on-sri-lanka/

    Govind laments about “mourn[ing] for the lives snuffed out before they’ve had a chance to grow up.”

    Well, Govind, unless the terrorists responsible for these murders are captured and/or killed, you’ll be doing a lot more “mourning” and hand wringing.

  13. Have you noticed ?

    Supporters of rights violating regimes charge into issues from totally different regions … then demand THEIR issues be addressed !!

    This issue's about Pashtunistan ….Pashtun country… the Khyber.

    Nothing to do with sri lanka.

    Different land, different dialectic.

    & Mr Acharya i take it specializes on india & the subcontinent.

    Sun's long set on the Brit Empire, & regional specialization's at work.

    Come to think of it, even in the Raj it was.

  14. Have you noticed ?

    Supporters of rights violating regimes charge into issues from totally different regions … then demand THEIR issues be addressed !!

    This issue’s about Pashtunistan ….Pashtun country… the Khyber.

    Nothing to do with sri lanka.

    Different land, different dialectic.

    & Mr Acharya i take it specializes on india & the subcontinent.

    Sun’s long set on the Brit Empire, & regional specialization’s at work.

    Come to think of it, even in the Raj it was.

  15. Hey Savage !

    I refer to your post on September 15th, 2011 at 10:20 pm.

    Look like you are justifying the 'unrest' caused by complete idocy a Terrorist would have towards the current society. It is not that Terorrism is caused by inhumane factors out side the society or inside the society, just an utter failure on their part to understand the society we live in. If your theory is right, even I should turn a Terrorist cause I thoroughly feel that certain dying requirements of mine are not fulfilled by the society, governments or HR organizations for a matter of fact. But, that doesn't meant that I throw out my anger at innocent civilians who are equally sharing the same mistreatments as I do.

    All civilians see the respective governments neglecting their needs – In fact, all humans would see everyone elese negelcting them someway or another – that's the human nature. This is a simple fact that needs to be understood by all of us living in the society. But, that does not give any 'humane' to turn 'inhumane' and act against their own race. Such 'inhumanes' are a threat to the 'humanes' and should be gotten rid of

    1. Mentally – meaning their thought processors should be changed (failing which)
    2. physically – like what the GOSL rightfully did with Prabaharan.

    If one has an issue, opinion or means of way forward it could be voiced and got acceptance from. They could even go in arms fighting for that cause with relevant authority – but not with innocent civilians like Terrorists do – Meaning, they could fight governments, but not cowardly kill civilians.

  16. Hey Savage !

    I refer to your post on September 15th, 2011 at 10:20 pm.

    Look like you are justifying the ‘unrest’ caused by complete idocy a Terrorist would have towards the current society. It is not that Terorrism is caused by inhumane factors out side the society or inside the society, just an utter failure on their part to understand the society we live in. If your theory is right, even I should turn a Terrorist cause I thoroughly feel that certain dying requirements of mine are not fulfilled by the society, governments or HR organizations for a matter of fact. But, that doesn’t meant that I throw out my anger at innocent civilians who are equally sharing the same mistreatments as I do.

    All civilians see the respective governments neglecting their needs – In fact, all humans would see everyone elese negelcting them someway or another – that’s the human nature. This is a simple fact that needs to be understood by all of us living in the society. But, that does not give any ‘humane’ to turn ‘inhumane’ and act against their own race. Such ‘inhumanes’ are a threat to the ‘humanes’ and should be gotten rid of

    1. Mentally – meaning their thought processors should be changed (failing which)
    2. physically – like what the GOSL rightfully did with Prabaharan.

    If one has an issue, opinion or means of way forward it could be voiced and got acceptance from. They could even go in arms fighting for that cause with relevant authority – but not with innocent civilians like Terrorists do – Meaning, they could fight governments, but not cowardly kill civilians.