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  •  I don't think that's right (0+ / 0-)

    they could have set up their bombs away from the schools since they were planted.

    And this isn't the first attack that the Taliban has done on schools, especially girls schools
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/...

    Eight people died and at least 18 were wounded in the twin blasts at the International Islamic University.

    http://www.nydailynews.com/...

    Militants - who have blown up or burned down more than 170 schools in their campaign - had ordered all girls' schools in the area closed by Jan. 15.

    http://www.dawn.com/...

    The students were going to school in Atmankhel town of Orakzai district when the militants opened fire, killing four boys and wounding six others, said local administration official Asmatullah Khan.

    ‘It appears to be a sectarian attack as the slain students belonged to the minority Shiite sect of Islam,’ he said. ‘The attackers were Taliban.’ Residents said the dead students were all younger than 16, but were not able to give the exact ages of the victims.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/...

    Women's education was banned under the Taliban, and girls' schools are routinely torched or closed in areas where the insurgents hold sway. Prior to the acid attacks, the Taliban had strengthened their grip in the Mirwais area and other districts close to Kandahar and posters had started appearing warning local people not to let their daughters go to school.

    Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr

    by bvig on Wed Feb 03, 2010 at 01:40:54 PM PST

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    •  So you know why, but are feigning bafflement (0+ / 0-)

      tiresome

      •  What in the world (0+ / 0-)

        are you talking about?

        I didn't say I knew the reason, I do have my guesses but they're just that, and I was looking for other opinions.

        All I did was cite reasons I thought targeting the school was purposeful.  

        And I know they don't agree with girls being educated but if you look in the links or even the quotes I provided they also attack Univerities and boys schools.

        So I am baffled.  How are they not being counter-productive?  The boys school seems like more tribal but in that case their fighting everyone.  Why would there be any Taliban support?

        Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr

        by bvig on Wed Feb 03, 2010 at 02:32:23 PM PST

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        •  You should be telling us why 'they' (0+ / 0-)

          are doing what they're doing, in your humble opinion, rather than pretending you don't have very strong opinions about the topic. No one is arguing with you, but several nice people here have been trying to help you escape your pretend bafflement.

          •  All I did was ask for your opinion (0+ / 0-)

            and I didn't want to confuse it by making it a rebuttal of my opinion.  

            I know of nowhere that says you're not allowed to ask the diarist a question without first giving your own opinions.  My opinions are formed perhaps naively, as I was not even aware of the Pakistani newspaper you cited so I thought I'd ask you a question.  

            Sorry for asking your opinion, didn't realize you would take offense.

            Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary. ~ Reinhold Niebuhr

            by bvig on Wed Feb 03, 2010 at 02:51:25 PM PST

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