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For one aberrant loner to do it is bad enough but for multiple individuals to conceive and plan it as an idea is really hard to fathom.
a well-educated population is the biggest threat to a tyrannical regime in any culture/country
oppression is rarely (thankfully) so brutal as this but denying people - particularly women/girls - access to education is something seen the world over in one form or another
Also, as I've subsequently learned it's a school where children of army personnel attend - so striking at the heart of their enemy.
that we live in a world where man's inhumanity to man & man's capacity for voilence are both seemingly boundless
too, too sad.
why is everything accompanied with 'kill all the muslamic ebolas!' comments these days?
what the fuck is wrong with people that they use tragedy like this to further race-hate ?
plus there's a difference between being a raving racist & having the confidence to be a raving racist in public believing full well that your raving racist view is a reasonable position to take
it's become so depressingly normalised
let's just be grateful it was only relatively terrible
How would you even be able to pull the trigger?
I can't see this leading to anything other than an increase in the levels of violence being wrought against the TTP.
before something ridiculous like this happens in the UK or America.
And school shootings are pretty common in america too.
there's a lot to read there
including Virginia Tech (33 killed), Sandy Hook(27 killed)
"The Bath School disaster was a series of violent attacks perpetrated by Andrew Kehoe on May 18, 1927, in Bath Township, Michigan, that killed 38 elementary school children and six adults and injured at least 58 other people.[Note 1] Kehoe first killed his wife, firebombed his farm, and detonated a major explosion in the Bath Consolidated School, before committing suicide by detonating a final explosion in his truck. It is to this day the deadliest mass murder in a school in United States history.
Andrew Kehoe, the 55-year-old school board treasurer, was angered by increased taxes and his defeat in the Spring 1926 election for township clerk. He was thought to have planned his "murderous revenge" after that public defeat. He had a reputation for difficulty on the school board and in personal dealings. In addition, in June 1926 he was notified that his mortgage was going to be foreclosed. For much of the next year, a neighbor noticed Kehoe had stopped working on his farm and thought he might be planning suicide. During that period, Kehoe purchased explosives and discreetly planted them on his property and under the school.
Kehoe's wife was ill with tuberculosis, he had stopped making mortgage payments, and he was under pressure for foreclosure. Some time between May 16 and the morning of May 18, 1927, Kehoe murdered his wife. Then on the morning of May 18 at about 8:45 a.m., he set off various incendiary devices on his homestead that caused the house and other farm buildings to be destroyed by the explosives' blast and the subsequent fires.
Almost simultaneously, an explosion devastated the north wing of the school building, killing 36 schoolchildren and two teachers. Kehoe had used a timed detonator to ignite hundreds of pounds of dynamite and incendiary pyrotol, which he had secretly planted inside the school over the course of many months. As rescuers began working at the school, Kehoe drove up, stopped, and used a rifle to detonate dynamite inside his shrapnel-filled truck, killing himself, the school superintendent, and several others nearby, as well as injuring more bystanders. During rescue efforts at the school, searchers discovered an additional 500 pounds (230 kg) of unexploded dynamite and pyrotol connected to a timing device set to detonate at the same time as the first explosions; the material was hidden throughout the basement of the south wing. Kehoe had apparently intended to blow up and destroy the entire school."
What I meant was similar to what saps notes above that this was planned and conceived and carried out by a group of people whereas these horrible events are generally (not always) carried out by lone people.
say what you actually mean.
How to have peaceful relations on a grassroots or diplomatic level with a group of people that have clearly dehumanised their conceptions of everybody else so much is baffling.
even allow for sustained diplomatic relations?
Not a coincidence that these groups refer to their governments as the 'near enemy'
designed to drag people backwards. I can't see any kind of diplomatic end that could ever come from it.
of Boko Haram signifies. Nigeria has had similarly horrific attacks for two years now: http://www.latimes.com/world/africa/la-fg-nigeria-suicide-attack-20141110-story.html
it is worth noting Boko Haram was a name given to the group by the Hausa population in Northern Nigeria the actual name of the group is Jama'atu Ahlis Sunna Lidda'Awati Wal-Jihad which translates to People Committed to the Prophet's Teachings for Propagation and Jihad.
But you're right in that conventional peace making tactics seem insufficient. I don't see anyone winning peace through force (especially with such ardent ideological actors) and I don't see the West or nearby enemies being in a position to turn away and ignore the situation.
(to a great extent at least) South Africa & Northern Ireland show that reconciliation can be achieved against the odds
The differences are far too many to compare them to the current situation though, I think we'll need something different to for example truth commissions that were so important in SA or old fashioned political diplomacy like in NI.
Since this is essentially a war being held beyond traditional borders and about a way of life I reckon it is just that, grassroots living conditions and relations, that are going to make the biggest difference. But how the fuck to facilitate that when the group is ready to murder children for their cause seems an impossible question.