The Potential That Jihadi Groups Will Unify … And With It, More Savagery

On Tuesday, December 16, the Pakistani Taliban attacked a large school in Peshawar killing 145 people, many of whom were children. The targeted school was a facility for dependents of soldiers from a specific unit; a unit which has been engaged in a recent campaign against the Taliban in the northern Waziristan Province of Pakistan. The attack was particularly brutal — some children were lined up against a wall and shot or forced to watch as their teachers were tortured and executed.

The expected reaction of outrage was swift and included an unexpected rebuke from some in leadership positions within the Afghan Taliban, who condemned the attack as “un-Islamic.” President Obama’s spokesman Josh Earnest was quick to point out that the attack had not come from the Taliban in Afghanistan, the assumption being that the specific enemy opposed by American forces had been subdued or mitigated to a point that rendered it incapable of conducting such an attack.

America and its allies around the world have become jaded with regard to jihadist terrorism, and are becoming less and less shocked and disgusted by these acts. This particular barbarism targeting the most vulnerable, however, outraged the world more than it usually would have. If recent history is an indicator, though, unfortunately, even this outrage will subside far too soon.

  • Jay Currie

    The whack jobs of jihad are, at a basic level, already joined together. The Koran and hadiths unite them in a basic understanding of Islam.

    There is a long and nasty tradition of massacre in the Islamic Middle East and there is no reason to suppose it will end any time soon. The good news is they kill each other.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    If they were capable of uniting and fighting under a single banner of Islam, they would have done it hundreds of years ago.
    Even the slightest bit of differences will cause one group to denounce all the others as heretics and to pronounce themselves as the one true protector of Islam.
    Then the acrimony starts and they begin killing each other all over again.

    • ntt1

      yup ! historical fact so many times over.

  • Like ants going for food, step on a few, and the others will continue on their goal.

    Muslims have been brainwashed by Islamic theology. Each can act independently or join forces with others. As long as they are all going in the same direction the end result is the same.

    Call them what you want – jihadis, lone wolfs, hezbolla, taliban, boko haram – they are all the same. Just a bunch of brainwashed Muslims working toward the goal of world domination.