20 questions we should be asking after the Peshawar massacre

No one wants this to happen ever again.   h/t Dr. J

With this in mind, I thought I’d pose a few questions which no one seems to be asking, but we all should be asking — over and over again — from ourselves, from the politicians, from the media, and from the military. We don’t need answers to them just yet. And, it’s not like people would agree with all my answers. It’s not like I have all the answers either.

But let us ask the questions:

1) The people who did this. Where do they get their money from? Where do they get their weapons?

2) Who provides them refuge? Why do they provide them refuge?

3) Where do they receive the indoctrination that makes them believe that killing children is justified? Which institutions are involved in this indoctrination? Why are these people chosen in particular?

4) If our intelligence is capable of intercepting calls, receiving messages from the Taliban (claiming responsibility), and receiving photos of the men who did this, why don’t we question how these communications are possible without providing a lead to finding these people?

5) Why have we not demanded more transparency from our agencies, given the spectacular intelligence failure that this turned out to be?

6) If bombing the Taliban has not resulted in fewer attacks, why do we keep calling for more bombing?

7) Why have we not asked the military to allow media access to Waziristan? Why do we trust everything we are told about Zarb-e-Azb?

8) Most of the men who are the perpetrators of these massacres believe they are going to heaven when they die. Will the death penalty instill any fear in them at all? If they are willing to kill themselves, does being killed by others seem a credible deterrent?

9) Is there a link between the killings of Ahmedis, Hazaras, Christians, Shias, shrine-attendees and the massacre that took place? Is there a common ideology at hand here?

10) Is there a reason that we condemn some of these attacks and not others? Is that why the blame lies on us?

11) Is there a link between the rise of the TTP and the impunity with which groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi operate?

12) Why is it that so many of those arrested in terrorist attacks are released soon after?

13) Would having stronger witness programmes, more efficient courts and a corruption-free police system help prevent these men from getting out of jail within days?

14) Should we start thinking about how, if we were not taught to hate Hindus, Shias, and anyone who is not our brand of religion, this attack may not have been a chilling, logical conclusion to a string of such attacks. How can we change the way our schools teach?

15) What are we really trying to achieve when we say these attacks were not carried out by Pakistanis?

16) What are we really trying not to think when we say these attacks were not carried out by Muslims?

17) Is there nothing to be considered between bombing and negotiations?

18) Would bringing schools, water, electricity, roads, and basic respect to the tribal areas be an effective weapon against these terrorists?

19) Would the military changing its policy regarding ‘strategic assets’ make these terrorists lose their awful potency?

20) Is it possible to critique our military and government’s policies regarding the Taliban, even while feeling immense pain for their dead children?

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  • ntt1

    Excellent questions . And these same questions should be asked in ALL western countries . there should be a transparent revealing of all sources of terrorist support including major banks and weapons manufacturers. Educational institutions that overtly condone terrorist support groups should have public monies suspended.

    • I am sure there would be some surprises.

      • ntt1

        plenty of suspicions, but I don’t think even the most paranoid of us really grasp how interconnected support for terror is, in the global economy.

  • simus1

    Only one question is required:

    “What would Stalin do?”

    • It would be expedient;)

      • winniec

        What DID Stalin do? He exiled Muslims throughout Siberia or straight to the GULAG slave labour camps.

  • ontario john

    The trouble with the West is everything is controlled by leftists when it comes to the media, politics or education. Even the mainstream churches won’t confront the evils of islam. The West Hill united church in Toronto has a minister who is an atheist and they are having a winter solstice celebration instead of celebrating Christmas. How can we confront the evils in the world when even the churches have abandoned our Christian heritage.

    • winniec

      Cultural Marxism asks the question: “Who will save us from European civilization?” and the answer to that is: “The noble savages, our allies, will save us from European civilization, they will smash and burn it for us.”

  • Alain

    Another question is why do Western countries keep letting people like this in.

  • winniec

    “What are we really trying not to think when we say these attacks were not carried out by Muslims?”
    We are denying that Islam teaches warfare of conquest against disbelievers.

  • My only question.

    Why is it so hard to put the blame on Islamic theology?

    • Just a thoughtj

      Yes, and until it is, I don’t see any of the other questions being even asked, let alone answered appropriately.

  • Nick Fisher

    1) The people who did this. Where do they get their money from? Where do they get theirweapons?

    Saudi Arabia, Qatar, elements of the Pakistani ISI…

    2) Who provides them refuge? Why do they provide them refuge?

    Peasants who largely support their worldview and/or are intimidated into silence.

    3) Where do they receive the indoctrination that makes them believe that killing children is justified? Which institutions are involved in this indoctrination? Why are these people chosen in particular?

    As boys, they attend madrassas … their teachers insist Muslims are the chosen people, all others are to be killed / enslaved / converted… As men, they go to mosque … their imams teach them that Muslims are the chosen people, all others are to be killed / enslaved / converted… they hear these messages their WHOLE LIVES…

    4) If our intelligence is capable of intercepting calls, receiving messages from the Taliban (claiming responsibility), and receiving photos of the men who did this, why don’t we question how these communications are possible without providing a lead to finding these people?

    The enemy is composed of people. People are smart. People know they are being monitored and take appropriate precautions. Zooming in on real-time conversations between enemy combatants ahead of a specific action ? TBH, only happens in the movies 🙁

    5) Why have we not demanded more transparency from our agencies, given the spectacular intelligence failure that this turned out to be?

    This is not a intelligence failure – shit happens. I’m really truly sorry, but it does, and the “failure” to detect evil before it occurs is rarely a failure as any reasonable person would understand it…

    6) If bombing the Taliban has not resulted in fewer attacks, why do we keep calling for more bombing?

    Because killing as many of the enemy as possible makes sense…

    7) Why have we not asked the military to allow media access to Waziristan? Why do we trust everything we are told about Zarb-e-Azb?

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha, you were kidding right ? We can’t even trust the Pakistani military to count paperclips !!!

    8) Most of the men who are the perpetrators of these massacres believe they are going to heaven when they die. Will the death penalty instill any fear in them at all? If they are willing to kill themselves, does being killed by others seem a credible deterrent?

    No, they love to die for Allah. Just as all young men throughout history have loved to die for their mates, their unit, their regiment and their country… It is critical to understand this in order to formulate our reposnse…

    9) Is there a link between the killings of Ahmedis, Hazaras, Christians, Shias, shrine-attendees and the massacre that took place? Is there a common ideology at hand here?

    Islam, duh !!!!

    10) Is there a reason that we condemn some of these attacks and not others? Is that why the blame lies on us?

    The blame lies with the enemy. Our politicians sometimes soft-pedal for their own corrupt reasons….

    11) Is there a link between the rise of the TTP and the impunity with which groups like Lashkar-e-Jhangvi operate?

    They are both symptoms of the waxing and waning of Islamist sympathies in the Pakistani mil/intel complex…

    12) Why is it that so many of those arrested in terrorist attacks are released soon after?

    Plenty of support for radical Islam in the Pakistani mil/intel complex…

    13) Would having stronger witness programmes, more efficient courts and a corruption-free police system help prevent these men from getting out of jail within days?

    Nope

    14) Should we start thinking about how, if we were not taught to hate Hindus, Shias, and anyone who is not our brand of religion, this attack may not have been a chilling, logical conclusion to a string of such attacks. How can we change the way our schools teach?

    Nothing to do with our schools – everything to do with how the enemy indoctrinate their youth…

    15) What are we really trying to achieve when we say these attacks were not carried out by Pakistanis?

    We didn’t say it – liars did.

    16) What are we really trying not to think when we say these attacks were not carried out by Muslims?

    Too stupid a question to answer…. 🙁

    17) Is there nothing to be considered between bombing and negotiations?

    Nope, they want to kill 99% of us and convert the remnants. Horrifying though this appears, it is nonetheless the truth – deal with it !!!

    18) Would bringing schools, water, electricity, roads, and basic respect to the tribal areas be an effective weapon against these terrorists?

    Nope

    19) Would the military changing its policy regarding ‘strategic assets’ make these terrorists lose their awful potency?

    Nope

    20) Is it possible to critique our military and government’s policies regarding the Taliban, even while feeling immense pain for their dead children

    Absolutely !

  • Hard Little Machine

    #21 How can we help speed along the fiery annihilation of Pakistan and everyone and everything in it?

  • trespasserswill

    “1) The people who did this. Where do they get their moneyfrom? Where do they get their weapons?”

    From the government, parents, and grandparents of the slaughtered children. Those bereaved families paid for every bullet, and they all know they did. They just didn’t expect the guns to be turned on their own bairns.