WaPo - The violence began to recede after soldiers and federal police began to leave the city. Residents pray that the relative peace is maintained, while thousands of families who fled to Texas to escape the violence wonder whether it is safe to return.
At its most ferocious, when this industrial border city on the Rio Grande seemed consumed by a homicidal mania, the murder rate averaged almost nine per day.
Last month, homicides averaged 1.3 a day, the lowest rate since an internecine drug war between the Sinaloa and Juarez drug cartels exploded here in 2007.
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Infact, Islam's foundational principles stipulate the sanctity of all life, freedom of choice including religious freedom, the popular selection of rulers, social and economic justice with equality before the law,...
Oh, yeah? Based on the good professor's assertions, there is no Islam anywhere.
Travelers across the vast stretches of the Arabian desert have been known to get lost and in their thirst and exhaustion hallucinate oases with palm trees and flowing water. Western policymakers lost in the vast stretches of madness that define the Mohammedan world are even more wont to hallucinate the oasis of a moderate Islam to take refuge in. Whether you're dying for a drink or a way to reaffirm your reality, a mirage is sometimes the only way you can find it.
Moderate Islam is a mirage, a projection by desperate Westerners of their own values and culture, on an entirely different religion and culture. It is a mirage that many Mohammedans are eager to uphold, in the same way that desert merchants might sell goblets and bowls of sand to passing travelers foolish enough to confuse water with dust. And like travelers who think they are drinking water, when they are actually swallowing sand, it is a deception that will eventually kill the deceived.
When the Western cultural elite look at Islam, they see what they have to see to avoid falling into crisis mode. Like the traveler who would rather choke on sand, than face up to the fact that he is lost in a desert, they would rather keep most things as they are, even at the cost of the extinction of the nations they preside over, than confront the full scope of the threat surrounding them. A threat that they had a hand in nurturing and feeding in the name of goals that seemed to make sense at the time.
Someone convince the US Military brass in the Pentagon and the paper clip commies at the CIA of that! Funny how the Nazis worked with the same people the smart leaders of Washington are working with today huh?
In terms of the Biblical plagues, The Land of the Pure is somewhere between boils and the death of the firstborn sons.
[Dawn] THE children of Pakistain face many odds. From malnutrition to exposure to various forms of violence to diseases as debilitating as polio, ...Poliomyelitis is a disease caused by infection with the poliovirus. Between 1840 and the 1950s, polio was a worldwide epidemic. Since the development of polio vaccines the disease has been largely wiped out in the civilized world. However, since the vaccine is known to make Moslem pee-pees shrink and renders females sterile, bookish, and unsubmissive it is not widely used by the turban and automatic weapons set... the younger generation has to contend with a host of extraordinary challenges. For children living on the streets the risks are even greater, and including substance abuse and routine sexual violence. And as a recent report in this paper indicated, the threat of an HIV epidemic amongst street children is an emerging concern. In the civilized world the existence of street children is a concern...
According to health officials in Sindh, six out of 10 drug-using street children registered with a Bloody Karachi ...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It may be the largest city in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous... -based NGO were found to be HIV-positive. Seems to be a problem solved by Darwin...
This may reflect a bigger trend. The children had been using contaminated needles or were sexually abused. HIV is prevalent amongst injecting drug users and sex workers in the country. Because street children are exposed to drugs and sexual predators, this creates an extremely vulnerable sub-group likely to be infected with HIV.
Meanwhile, ...back at the pool hall, Peoria Slim had found another sucker. He adjusted his sleeve garters, spit tobacco juice, hitting the spittoon and the wall behind it and picked up his cue... according to recent figures released by the NGO Madadgaar Helpline, over 2,300 children across Pakistain were subjected to different types of violence in the first half of this year. These included cases -- only those reported -- of rape, torture and murder. ... If you're suffering from an ego problem because you have no marketable skills and you live in a country that's a Third World craphole you probably get a transient feeling of being powerful and important whilst buggering a nine-year-old boy or raping a prepubescent girl or pulling the wings off flies...
As in other areas, after devolution it is the provinces' duty to pass laws concerning children's welfare. Passing a law and actually doing something are the same thing, y'see?
But barring a few exceptions, there has been a lack of intent and capacity at the provincial level to pass and implement laws to protect children. First there's the lack of interest. Then there's the fact that the Pak coppers are very deferential to the local maliks and mullahs and nazims and other big turbans. What's a kid here and there, so long as the guy with the big turban's happy? There's way more kids than there are maliks or mullahs.
For example, Bloody Karachi, which observers estimate has a population of thousands of street children, does not have even a single state-operated rehabilitation home for the young ones. Only a few private concerns are making efforts in this regard. The fact is legislation is only a first step. What is needed most is compassion at the societal level for vulnerable children and the realisation that children have inviolable rights; rights that society denies them in a brutal fashion. Even the best laws are useless if not implemented. Until society reforms itself and the state moves beyond rhetoric and takes practical steps for the rehabilitation and welfare of children, we will only be bequeathing misery to the next generation.
A bit of silliness as we wait for the end of Eid week and the beginning of the normal Mid Eastern nonsense. More at the link, in proper alphabetical order.
Palestinian official Jibril Rajoub recently thanked the International Olympic Committee for refusing to hold a minute of silence in memory of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by PLO terrorists at the Munich Olympic games in 1972, saying that such a commemoration would have been "racism."
This confused me, as the refusal to honor those victims is what seemed to be racist. So I embarked on a lexicographic study of Palestinian English. It turns out that Palestinian activists and their allies have indeed invented a parallel language, which I call Palestinese.
This lexicon is the fruit of my research.
Aboriginal/Native: Any non-Jew, preferably Arab, who has immigrated to Israel/Palestine within the last 150 years or is a remnant of Arab colonial conquests. For example, Yasser Arafat and Edward Said who were both born in Egypt are "Native" Palestinians.
Apartheid: The only system in the Middle East which is democratic and grants Arab citizens full equality under the law, including the right to become a Justice of the Supreme Court, an ambassador, a military officer or a Minister in the Cabinet., i.e. a form of "Racism." Not to be confused with the widespread discrimination and exclusion of Palestinians on ethnic grounds in Lebanon, which is not "Apartheid."
Apartheid Wall: A separation fence erected in response to countless terror attacks in order to protect both Jews and Muslims from suicide bombings as a manifestation of "Zionist Aggression."
Checkpoint: An absolutely gratuitous, cruel and malicious security measure erected in the West Bank in response to years of deadly suicide bombings, to be equated with the worst forms of human torture. Not to be confused with security checkpoints at airports and international borders which, though identical in the inconveniences they cause, are perfectly acceptable.
Civilian: An armed Palestinian terrorist in the act of planning or staging a terror attack who is targeted or killed by Israel.
Concession: The state that should perpetually be inhabited by Israel as part of "Peace."
Collaborator: Any Palestinian who is murdered by Fatah or Hamas for espousing beliefs that fall short of unbending hatred of "Zionists." Not to be confused with "Martyr." E.g., Hamid was thrown off of a building for criticizing Hamas' inadequate maintenance of Gaza's sewer system; he was a "Collaborator."
Compassion: A human weakness to be exploited through lies and fabrications in order to demonize Israel. E.g., "Zionists" kill puppies for fun.