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Islamist nutters have damaged more schools in Pakistan than the floods

TWO more girls’ schools in Peshawar were bombed this week by lunatic Taliban insurgents, bringing the total of schools attacked over the past five years in Pakistan to over 1,000.

The recent devastating floods, on the other hand, damaged 900 schools, 226 of which were totally destroyed, according to this report.

Local residents examine the wreckage of a school bombed by Islamic militants in Pakistan's Swat Valley town of Mingora last January. Three schools for boys and two for girls were destroyed in a single day.

In the space of just one week, a total of five schools in Peshawar were bombed by the Taliban, spreading terror among  school-going children and their parents.

In January 2009 – after the Taliban bombed five schools in the Swat Valley – the Washington Times ran a piece which said that the attacks were a throwback to conditions in Afghanistan under Taliban rule, when education for girls was banned and most women were forced to stay home.

11 Responses to “Islamist nutters have damaged more schools in Pakistan than the floods”

  1. AngieRS says:

    Well, it’s one way of stopping your next generation of followers from starting to question what’s around them. And they say Islam is such an enlightening religion.

  2. Where are the howls of Muslim outrage at such crimes? Burning a book causes riots, yet atrocities like this provoke a deafening silence.

  3. Trevor Blake says:

    Never forget that in May 2001 President George W. Bush gave the Taliban $43 million.

    http://ovo127.com/2010/09/10/trevor-blake-911-timeline/

  4. Har Davids says:

    Five or six hundreds and they might be where ‘we’ are today. Being a woman in that part of the world and having daughters must be hellish.

  5. David Anderson says:

    Were there any Korans in the schools, I wonder?

  6. stargraves says:

    @David Anderson – EPIC WIN

    Such a straightforward thing to point out – there must have been hatfuls of them in every school!

  7. Newspaniard says:

    @David Anderson. Nail on head! Time for a rampage against the taliban.

  8. Broadsword says:

    The Taliban’s irony meter just hit 100%.
    Any organisation would collapse if its members lacked basic literacy and numeracy. Who taught the Tallywhackers?

    I can see how educating girls upsets them but why attack boys’ schools? I suppose they’d like them to study at Islamic madrasahs where the sheep are given just enough instruction to function as effective Mohammedan murderers?

  9. Marcus says:

    Yet another explicit demonstration that religion has everything to do with politics, power and control, and not one single feckin’ thing to do with human dignity.

    Sadly I am fast coming to the conclusion that, as Frazer in Dad’s Army would have said, we’re all doomed!

  10. Garlic says:

    ‘I can see how educating girls upsets them but why attack boys’ schools? I suppose they’d like them to study at Islamic madrasahs where the sheep are given just enough instruction to function as effective Mohammedan murderers?’

    Because if you have education you will develop the critical thinking skills to question the things around you. The teacher doesn’t even have to be superb for this to happen – kids are good at figuring out things by inference. Also, the Taliban’s message to raw recruits is based on lies that people with some knowledge of the world would easily debunk. And yeah, in Taliban-era Afghanistan if you wanted schooling for your son, he had to attend a Taliban madrassah.

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