MINGORA, Pakistan – A Taliban gunman walked up to a bus taking children home from school in Pakistan's volatile Swat Valley on Tuesday and shot and wounded a 14-year-old activist known for championing the education of girls and publicizing atrocities committed by the Taliban, officials said.A fourteen year old school girl, the Taliban can't stand to hear the truth about women, so they're shooting school girls. This is the same Taliban that we routed in 2001 and that we're told is knocked back on their heels, in danger of extinction, but not nearly extinct enough. The same Taliban (and Al-Queda) that we're told is defeated. It seems that government stance is a lie. CBS Corresondent Laura Logan reports:
The lie is that America’s military might has tamed the Taliban. …
“There is this narrative coming out of Washington for the last two years,” Logan said. It is driven in part by “Taliban apologists,” who claim “they are just the poor moderate, gentler, kinder Taliban,” she added sarcastically. “It’s such nonsense!”
Logan stepped way out of the “objective,” journalistic role. The audience was riveted as she told of plowing through reams of documents, and interviewing John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan; Afghan President Hamid Karzai, and a Taliban commander trained by al-Qaida. The Taliban and al-Qaida are teaming up and recruiting new terrorists to do us deadly harm, she reports. She made a passionate case that our government is downplaying the strength of our enemies in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as a rationale of getting us out of the longest war. We have been lulled into believing that the perils are in the past: “You’re not listening to what the people who are fighting you say about this fight. In your arrogance, you think you write the script.”In my view, we should be building monuments to the Taliban, and Al-Queda as Jerry Pournelle recommended at the beginning of this war.
Nablus. Gaza. Baghdad. Damascus. There shall be monuments, perpetual, large enough to be seen from the air, from space: monuments of desolation in each of those cities. A million square feet; let the company commanders measure each building before flattening it.
Let it be recorded. And let salt be sown where those places stood. Let their refugees go where they will. And if that requires the Army fight its way into those places, then the devil take the hindmost. We have no lack of volunteers.
When that is done, Kabul, since they decline to deliver bin Laden or his head. That will be more difficult because it is harder to get to.
Begin by laying bare their air defenses. Leave them naked to air attack. These are acts against military targets, legitimate targets of war. Next drop leaflets mapping that part of Kabul that has been chosen for our monument. Twenty four hours later, begin its construction. We will have to open iron bomb factories, we may have to build new heavy bombers. So be it. The monument will be built. It will not be completed until we ritually sow salt on the site, while the population of Kabul stands at a distance and does not interfere.
I think Libya needs to contribute a monument site as well. There may be other places. Tehran now appears to be a candidate.Our President is lying to us about winning the war. It's not over. Go read all the links above. There is only one way to win this, and that is by total destruction of our enemies. Follow them into their lairs, lay waste to them, and hound them until they die. When we're finished, no one will dare strike us again.
Targeting school children, indeed.