David Hines (hradzka) wrote,
David Hines

unpleasant news round-up

I said these guys would be a problem. And I was right.

Key quote from the second article:

"A man goes to medical school and becomes a doctor," says Aman. "We go to a madrassah, so we must practice Islam. But the government is not letting us. How can we just sit down and allow this to happen? We must act on God's will, not our own desires."

And by "practice Islam," she means "make everybody else in Pakistan practice her version of it." This scenario does not have any pleasant resolutions. Musharraf cannot win a controlled police action, and he is going to have a hard time doing anything hard-core because 1) he's incredibly unpopular with the masses and 2) a lot of people in the Pakistani government think that the totalitarian theocracy these folks espouse is just dandy, thanks. (Number two is the biggest problem: the threat of civil war in Pakistan is very real, and Musharraf, like most people, is not all that into the prospect of departing public life ala Mussolini.)

I've mentioned Michael Yon's reporting in the past; he's in Iraq again now, and on patrol with US and Iraqi forces, where he reports on the fate of a small village near Baqubah. Graphic images, including murdered children.

And in Kansas, it's hard not to think of Kitty Genovese.

I think I'm going to need some fanac now.
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