World View: Protests Boil Across Pakistan after Mass Slaughter of Quetta Shias

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  • Protests boil across Pakistan after mass slaughter of Quetta Shias
  • Investigating and prosecuting the perpetrators
  • Terrorist car bombs target Shia areas of Baghdad, Iraq
  • North Korea tells China that it's preparing new nuclear tests

Protests boil across Pakistan after mass slaughter of Quetta Shias

Pakistani Shia women protest the murder of 81 people in Quetta (Reuters)
Pakistani Shia women protest the murder of 81 people in Quetta (Reuters)

After a terrorist bombing on January 11 killed 100 people in Quetta, the victims' families blocked the roads and refused to bury their dead until the government in Islamabad committed to providing protection against further terrorist attacks. After three days, the protest ended with the promise that the government would provide protection. Now, after a new horrendous bombing on Saturday that killed over 80 people and injured hundreds, many critically, it's clear that Islamabad is doing nothing.

The terror group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ) has claimed responsibility for both bombings, as well as bombings of Shia and Sufi shrines around Pakistan. LeJ works hand in hand with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), Pakistan's Taliban, though LeJ has been even more brutal. Between the two of them, there are terrorist attacks across Pakistan on a continuing basis. Each time a new terrorist attack occurs, it confirms the opinion of many that the government is providing support to the terrorist groups for political purposes.

According to Nawab Zulfiqar Ali Magsi, governor of Baluchistan province in which Quetta is located:

"The terrorist attack on the Hazara Shiite community in Quetta is a failure of the intelligence and security forces.

Our security institutions, police, FC (paramilitary Frontier Corps) and others are either scared or cannot take action against them."

The Quetta attacks have particularly targeted the Hazaras, a Shia Muslim ethnic group that migrated from Afghanistan over a century ago. According to Aziz Hazara, vice president of the Hazara Democratic Party:

"The government is responsible for terrorist attacks and killings in the Hazara community because its security forces have not conducted operations against extremist groups. We are giving the government 48 hours to arrest the culprits involved in the killing of our people and after that we will launch strong protests."

The 48-hour ultimatum is a bit puzzling, since the only thing being threatened is another protest.

The official is demanding that Islamabad send in the army to protect Quetta. Another demand is that the army track down the LeJ terrorists and bring them to justice. Daily Times (Pakistan) and Express Tribune (Pakistan)

Investigating and prosecuting the perpetrators

Protesters point out that there have been many terrorist attacks by TTP and LeJ, and NOT A SINGLE PERPETRATOR HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO JUSTICE.

Does that sound familiar to you, Dear Reader?

If you're a long-time reader, then you know very well that the Obama administration has adamantly refused to investigate anyone who perpetrated the massive fraud that caused the financial crisis, and that NOT A SINGLE PERPETRATOR HAS BEEN BROUGHT TO JUSTICE.

As I've written in the past, from the point of view of generational theory, we now have three very similar events. In each case, the crimes begin because of generational hatred of an older generation. Once that happens, then people in all generations are forced to choose sides, and the generational split morphs into a political split, and the corruption metastasizes throughout all the "elite" politicians, financiers, businessmen, labor unions, and so forth. Respectable people turn out to be gangsters, and gangsters are treated as respectable people. The three examples are:

  • In Pakistan, the government is adamantly refusing to bring to justice Sunni terrorists who attack anyone who allegedly commits "blasphemy" against Islam. This sometimes means Christians are targeted, but the most violence is directed at Shias and Sufis. (For further analysis, see "3-Sep-12 World View -- Pakistan girl to be freed after bizarre twist in blasphemy case" from September of last year.)
  • The Gen-X hatred of Boomers has metastasized into almost universal corruption. The Obama administration has gained enormously from the financial crisis. Much of the fraudulently obtained money, as well as the money used to bail out banks, was kicked back to the Obama administration in the form of campaign contributions. The corruption has spread throughout Washington and Wall Street to the extent that the politicians, financiers and journalists are barely able to say a word without lying or defrauding someone.
  • The 1930s German Lost Generation's hatred for their Missionary Generation metastasized into hatred for Jews and the Holocaust. (See "The Legacy of World War I and the Holocaust" from last year.)
These situations occur in all times and places throughout history, and result in history's greatest catastrophes. In each case, the generational conflict morphs into a political conflict, as people in every generation are forced to choose sides in the generational debate. In 1930s Germany, it was the Christians blaming the Jews for German humiliation in World War I. In America today, it's the Democrats blaming the Republicans for financial deregulation. In Pakistan, it's the Sunnis blaming the Shias. The result is always the same: catastrophe.

Terrorist car bombs target Shia areas of Baghdad, Iraq

Sectarian tensions are growing almost on a daily basis across the Mideast from Algeria to Bangladesh. On Sunday, there were several new car bombs in Baghdad, iraq, mainly targeting Shia areas of the city, killing 37 and injuring dozens. No one has claimed credit, but it's assumed that the bombers were al-Qaeda linked Sunni terrorists. BBC

North Korea tells China that it's preparing new nuclear tests

According to an unnamed source, North Korea has told China that it is preparing to to stage one to four more nuclear tests this year, increasing in size, as well as new rocket tests. The tests will be undertaken unless Washington holds talks with North Korea and abandons its policy of what Pyongyang sees as attempts at regime change. North Korea has repeatedly adopted a pattern of promising to end belligerent actions in exchange for something from the West -- food aid, lifting of sanctions, etc. -- and then continuing the belligerent actions anyway after it got what it wanted. Technically, the Korean War has never ended, although an armistice was declared in 1953. The North Koreans appear to be angling for a permanent "peace" agreement with the United States and its removal from America's list of terrorist states, thus removing financial and other sanctions. Whether the West falls for this again remains to be seen. Reuters and 38north

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