A crucible of terror threatening the world: How the future of Pakistan is getting darker

Huge bullet holes are seen across the wall of a classroom in the school in Peshawar. It took nine hours of fighting to kill the fanatics

To rise and shine, to bring out their best, to respect their parents and elders – above all, to be good human beings. These are the stated goals of the several hundred pupils at the Army Public School (Junior) in Peshawar, Pakistan, many of whom are the children of serving soldiers.

Today, scores of them are dead, victims of murderous fanatics for whom being a good human being was never a priority.

Why would people be so morally despicable as to massacre schoolchildren?

…[T]he latest atrocity, one of hundreds carried out by this group, was an act of revenge against the Pakistani army, which since the summer has been valiantly and vigorously attempting to suppress the Pakistani Taliban (and affiliated groups) in the wild heights of north Waziristan, part of the almost ungovernable Federally Administered Tribal Areas abutting Afghanistan…


Like most Europeans, the writers have completely forgotten that Europe was once organized by tribes too. In that era, it was the Rule of the Clan: if someone kills a member of your clan or tribe, and negotiations are unsuccessful, then you are obligated to kill in revenge. There is a logic to it: deterrence.  

Thus did mankind live for hundreds of thousands of years.  Europe is the outlier here — not Pakistan.  (Although it is true that urbanization, especially in Far East Asia, has eaten away at the old family structures too.)  

But there is no mystery here and no soul-searching need be done.  The world of Islam has remained extremely tribal because Mohammed saw it as normal.  

As I written before, it was Christian clerics who decided to break up the tribes for forbidding their basic building block: cousin marriage.  The thinking was this would produce a more ‘Christian’ society than one where people cared only about their relatives. The process got underway over 1,000 years ago.  

HBD Chick has a new post on how cousin marriage was forbidden in medieval Norway.  The tribes and the Rule of the Clan faded away.  From there you can access her many other articles on the topic.  

This is a good one, as it talks about the Middle East and how democracy can never work while the tribes exist.  It also makes one ponder the wisdom of inviting millions of people who still live by the Rule of the Clan to live with us.  

The task is much larger than reforming Islam (even if that were possible): the tribe and clans must go too.  But no one even wants to discuss the topic of cousin marriage: it is politically incorrect.

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  • Hard Little Machine

    Muslims hate each other nearly as much as they despise the rest of the world. So with any luck some enterprising death cultists will finally get their hands on one or more Pakistani nukes and use them on each other, in Pakistan. They’re basically lazy so why bother shlepping them far away to vaporize some infidels when they can kill a million people right at home. Keeping my fingers crossed. Alawahhu Nukebomb

    • They are doing a fine job, of course they are blaming us and the Jews for the fact they are killing each other.

      • The Goat

        It’s a Mossad conspiracy.

        • Frau Katze

          These days, what isn’t?

  • The Goat

    Well done Ghandi!

  • simus1

    There has been little remark by anyone except Tarek Fatah on the fact that this “private (style) school” is housed in a secure compound on a Pakistani Army base and is coed with a western atmosphere.
    Reading between the lines suggests it is a prep school for children of army officers who can expect to be appointed for extended periods of their careers to family accompanied official positions around the world. Their children would be expected to carry the flag and make a good impression at these postings which would almost certainly involve attending special schools for diplomat dependents in world capitals and the best private or public schools elsewhere.

    This in turn raises another question. If it was indeed the pakistani taliban which carried out the attack and it is to a large extent the creature of supposed fanatics within the intelligence service, was this a warning to “back off” intruding on their turf?

    • Frau Katze

      It’s very hard to get at the reasons they chose that school. Right now the military are conducting air strikes against the Taliban. Hence the idea of revenge.

      True there are stories are complicity between the ISI and terror groups. No doubt correct. But it’s very tangled to figure out. They supported non-Pashtun terror groups for the Mumbai job, for example. The Taliban are Pashtuns.

  • I’ve set myself the task of reading all Jane Austen’s novels – she irritates me less than she did once; I used to find her almost unbearably claustrophobic – and one thing that strikes me is how relatively normal first-cousin-marriage is in her genteel Napoleonic English world. Sometimes it’s to do with keeping fortunes intact but not always.

    Obviously it’s nowhere near what it is in the Muslim world. I’ve always reckoned you could get away with it once, but not generation after generation. Interesting, though.

    • Frau Katze

      After the Protestant Reformation, the Catholic rules were sometimes tossed out. But even before, wealthy families and royalty were permitted to break the rules.

      Yet, the project overall was a wild success. It permitted things like people being promoted by merit, rather than who their relatives were.

      Summed up: no breakup of tribes -> no Enlightment, no democracy, no scientific / industrial revolution.

      But it some ways it was TOO successful. It feeds the leftist strain that we should accept mass immigration from bizarre cultures.

  • Pete_Brewster

    Was? Someone’s never been to Ireland.

    Clannishness, tribalism, nationalism—that’s not some ancient depravity we enlightened people are above, and to think we are is vanity. That’s just the way people are, and will be till the Lord returns.

    We’re just arguing at this point about the optimal size of the nation, and who ought to belong and what he owes and is owed in return. At a bare minimum only those who are loyal to the nation without question ought to be counted among its members. Muslims certainly disqualify themselves from membership in any nation but that of Islam, and are unworthy of any other nation’s protection.

    Same goes for most of our masters. They too are a tribe, in every land but of none, of maybe 50,000 all told. Most aren’t genetically related, though they prefer to marry each other—these days they marry their university classmates, not their secretaries. The important point is that they are loyal only to their own group, if to anyone. They mourn the slaughter of one of us no longer than you mourned the last roadkill you saw on the side of the road. At worst, they get a dirty thrill from the suffering of the lower orders. Lay a finger on one of them, though, and they’ll see you in hell.

    Expect no help from them preserving this fair dominion, nor any tears if it falls. To our masters it’s just a hotel that gets more down at the heels every year. We, meanwhile, are the evolutionary cul-de-sac whose passing from the earth will be a nine-day wonder at best.

    • Frau Katze

      Irish are more clannish than most. It took a while to root them out from the Celtic fringe (I’ve read it took the Highland clearances to completely get rid of it from the Highlands). And some parts of Europe never were included, or they backslid until Muslim influence (I’m thinking Sicily, Christian Albanians).

      But you are missing the main point. Most of the major achievements were in a section including southern England and Belgium/Netherlands/Germany/northern France.

      Not much good came from Sicily. You have to read the whole story.

    • Frau Katze

      The elites form a type of tribe, but only in the metaphorical sense. If someone in the elite goes off key, he’s not killed but simply shunned.

      • Pete_Brewster

        No, I know. Ford Nation isn’t a literal nation with a flag or a football team either.

  • Brett_McS

    That’s just great. We look like winning an order to supply locomotive bogies (my design!) to Pakistan in the new year with our technology partner, GE. Naturally I will have to go there for testing. Whoopee.