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WP Still Decrying Pakistan Hit On Terror Camp

From the DNC’s house organ, the Washington Post:

Students pause between studies at the Garden of Knowledge Islamic academy in Peshawar, Pakistan. The school’s director said he opposes terrorism, but that “when someone invades you, you have no choice but to resist.”

In Pakistan, Recent Attacks Shred Hopes for Regional Peace Model

By Pamela Constable and Kamran Khan
Saturday, November 11, 2006; A01

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Two months ago, Pakistan’s president, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, triumphantly announced a peace pact with Islamic extremists in the North Waziristan tribal district near the Afghan border, saying he hoped it would become a model for curbing domestic Islamic militancy and cross-border insurgent attacks in Afghanistan.

Today that model lies in shreds. Northwestern Pakistan’s fragile political peace has been shattered by two devastating attacks: a government missile strike that killed 82 people at an Islamic school in the Bajaur tribal district on Oct. 30, and a retaliatory suicide bombing Wednesday that killed 42 army recruits at a training camp in the Malakand tribal district.

The missile strike was based on U.S. intelligence reports that the school was being used as a training site for Islamic insurgents, who have found sanctuary across the semi-autonomous tribal areas where Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaeda figures may also be hiding. Now, officials are predicting a new wave of violence, as anti-government anger spreads and religious extremists call for holy war against the Pakistani military and Western forces fighting in Afghanistan.

"This is a disaster. We all recognize the gravity of the situation," said a senior military official in this northwestern provincial capital, speaking on condition of anonymity. "It’s a nightmare to have an army being attacked on its own soil and by its own people." After the two incidents, he added, "the doors to peaceful negotiated settlements are closed. I am afraid we are on a war course in the tribal areas."

Public condemnation of the missile attack has been almost universal in Pakistan. Many people say they believe it was actually carried out by a U.S. Predator drone, which witnesses described as circling overhead before Pakistani helicopter gunships arrived. U.S. and Pakistani officials have denied that.

Local leaders have also vehemently asserted that the school, run by a cleric from a banned extremist group, was used only for religious studies and that many young students were killed in the strike. No physical evidence of a training camp has been publicly produced, journalists have been barred from the site, and most of the victims’ bodies were too disfigured to identify.

"This was a crime against humanity. Everyone hates America now, and they hate Musharraf for giving in to American pressure," said Bashir Ahmed, 25, a produce trader in a Peshawar market crowded with crates of bananas and pomegranates. "America is the enemy of all Muslims, but they will never defeat us, because we are all becoming al-Qaeda now, even me."

Pakistani military and intelligence officials said they had little choice but to bomb the site after they received overwhelming proof from U.S. intelligence sources that it was being used as a training center for insurgents. A refusal to act, the Pakistanis said, would have badly damaged their relations with the United States, which counts Pakistan as a key ally in the war against al-Qaeda and fundamentalist Islamic terrorism.

"They loaded us with evidence. The strike was absolutely inevitable," said a senior intelligence official, also speaking on condition of anonymity. Another official called the attack a "major test" of military and intelligence cooperation between the United States and Pakistan. "We thought about other options, but the Americans weren’t ready to take any chances," he said. "We were caught between the devil and the deep sea." …

Public outrage has also flared over Wednesday’s suicide bombing, in which a man wrapped in a cloak strolled among army recruits exercising on a field and detonated powerful explosives, killing more Pakistani troops than any previous terrorist attack. But many Pakistanis view that bombing as a predictable response to an ill-conceived military action taken under U.S. pressure.

Ansar Abbasi, Islamabad bureau chief for the News International newspaper, called the Bajaur attack "outrageous" and argued in a column that while it might have raised Musharraf’s tough-guy image in the West, it served no national interest and could only exacerbate conflict between the army and the civilian populace. "Have we not fallen into a U.S. trap?" he asked.

One political leader in Peshawar said the Bajaur site was definitely a terrorist base but that it was not "politically correct to say so" in the region. Bajaur elders had reached a peace accord similar to the Waziristan pact, he said, but the missile strike came just hours before they were to sign it. "People find this mind-boggling and impossible to understand," he said…

Abdul Akbar Chitrali, a cleric and Jamaat politician who directs an Islamic academy for boys in Peshawar called the Garden of Knowledge, said he believes in spreading Islam by peaceful means. "But when someone invades you, you have no choice but to resist," he said. "The Americans and NATO have no right to occupy Afghanistan. They are the hooligans causing our problems, not the Taliban or al-Qaeda."

It may never be known whether the tiny Islamic school in Bajaur’s Chingai village was a garden of knowledge or a staging ground for terrorists. A group of lawyers from Peshawar who visited the site last week said they saw no evidence of training or weapons.

What they did see was disturbing enough: a tense, angry crowd that surrounded their vehicles, shouting for holy war against the Pakistani and U.S. governments, less than a week after local leaders had been ready to sign a peace pact with the government

The Pakistan army destroyed a major terrorist training camp and the Washington Post will never forgive them for it. They killed some of the Washington Post’s frontline allies in the war against America.

"This is a disaster. We all recognize the gravity of the situation," said a senior military official in this northwestern provincial capital, speaking on condition of anonymity. "It’s a nightmare to have an army being attacked on its own soil and by its own people." After the two incidents, he added, "the doors to peaceful negotiated settlements are closed. I am afraid we are on a war course in the tribal areas."

An "anonymous" senior military official said this? Nobody who knows the region could believe the Taliban will ever give anybody peace — let alone Musharraf.

This is simply a lie made up by the Washington Post to make the US look bad. They gave the Pakis faulty intelligence, don’t you know.

The camp was a very peaceful madrassa. Aren’t they all? Never mind that it was run by a notorious terrorist. If it wasn’t for the US the Middle East would be a land of milk and honey.

Once again the Washington Post leaves no doubt as to whose side they are on in this war. As usual, they have sided with America’s enemies.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, November 11th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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