Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Peshawar School Massacre


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Certainly, it is a cliché to talk about an act of terrorism as a massacre of innocents, but the blood spilled in a school in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar more than fits that description. In fact, it is a vile act beyond comprehension.

On December 16, 2014, at least seven gunmen belonging to the Tehrik-E-Taliban went on a bloody rampage at the Army Public School, located in an area where many military families live, in the northwestern city of Peshawar, Pakistan and slaughtered 132 students between ages 12 and 16 – and another 121 were wounded. Nine staff members were also murdered in cold blood. 

The killers moved from classroom to classroom shooting their victims in the Pakistani Taliban’s deadliest attack yet. In one room, the beasts burned a teacher alive in front of her terrified pupils, witnesses said. In the auditorium, they shot cowering students in the head.

Books, ties, sweaters, notepads, spectacles – the normal trappings of a day at school – lay scattered, drenched in the blood of children who will never use them again, never go to school again, never laugh or cry again. 

And when the murderous militants were finally cornered by Pakistani commandos after an eight-hour siege, they blew themselves up rather than surrender. 

This was the same group that shot Pakistani schoolgirl and now Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai in 2012, purportedly because women do not need education in an Islamic caliphate or state. 

US President Barack Obama described the massacre as an act of "depravity". 

Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared three days of mourning and an end to the moratorium on the death penalty for terrorism cases. 

As United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said: “Going to school should not have to be an act of bravery”. 

The world is seeing senseless bloodshed on a scale that is frightening! And whether you care to believe it or not, this mad violence is spreading! Trust me when I say that no country on this planet is immune from it! 

This is the evil that men do! Sorry – these are not men but monsters wrapped in human skins! Therefore, they should be culled without mercy. 

As the specter of IS and their likes defile the world we live in – can we be really safe? Is there a safe haven for the innocents? Or shall we bear witness to killings and more killings?

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