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  • Sunni Islamist terrorists conduct another horrific attack in Pakistan
  • Report: Iran sending 4,000 troops to aid Assad in Syria
  • U.S. will put F-16s and Patriot missiles into Jordan
  • Bank Of America Lied To Homeowners And Encouraged Foreclosures

Sunni Islamist terrorists conduct another horrific attack in Pakistan

Bombed out bus next to women's university campus sign on Saturday (Dawn)
Bombed out bus next to women's university campus sign on Saturday (Dawn)

The al-Qaeda linked terror group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), an offshoot of the Pakistan Taliban, is claiming responsibility for a horrific double suicide attack in Quetta on Saturday. A female suicide bomber was able to sneak onto a school bus carrying female college students. After everyone was seated, she blew herself up, killing 14. The survivors were transported to a hospital, and there another suicide bomber blew himself up, causing maximum carnage. LeJ militants then launched a gunfight at the hospital, killing another 11, until they were subdued. Similar kinds of attacks in the past have specifically targeted the Shia Muslim ethnic Hazaras. According to an LeJ spokesman on Sunday:

"The suicide attack on the bus was carried out by one of our sisters. She boarded the student bus and blew herself up. Then we carried out a second suicide attack at the hospital and our fighters killed several people. We did this because security forces killed our fighters and their wives in Kharotabad."

This is a lie by the LeJ spokesman, since LeJ has carried out many similar attacks in the past, and has previously issued a statement that said, "Our mission [in Pakistan] is the abolition of this impure sect and people, the Shias and the Shia Hazaras, from every city, every village, every nook and corner of Pakistan."

A web site reader posted the following in the Generational Dynamics forum:

"Having been in Afghanistan for a year and dealing with the indigenous population is not reported in the media that in the regional life and the local culture is very hierarchical unlike in the North America/Western Europe zone. The Hazara is on the bottom of the tribal hierarchy because they are nomadic goat and sheepherders. They rent out their services to the highest “bidder”. Since they have no “land” or tribal claim, they are like the old cattlemen of the American west. Now many refugees are moving back to Afghanistan from Pakistan and trying to reclaim villages that they left one or two generations ago when the Russian or Taliban moved in and guess who is grazing their sheep on “their” land? Also, the borders are basically non-existent. The Af/Pak border is a line on the map drawn by Lord Durand and is a border control/tax collection station on the A75 between Spin Buldak, Af and Quetta-Chapman/Pakistan. The Hazara walk over the border with their sheep all the time. The more industrial of the Hazara have settled in Quetta and scattered all over Balochistan, and guess who sees the Hazara as competitors for jobs and other resources? The local Baloch ethnic/tribe group. Last, there is hardly any intermingling or marriage between the local groups, just old antagonisms from centuries ago. Remember, in that area where the Hazara live, memories and feuds go back generations and centuries."

Pakistan's new prime minister, Nawaz Sharif, has promised to end these terrorist attack by means of negotiated peace talks with Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP - the Pakistan Taliban). Just as peace negotiations have no chance in Syria, they have no chance with the TTP or LeJ, either. Daily Times (Pakistan) and Dawn (Pakistan)

Report: Iran sending 4,000 troops to aid Assad in Syria

According to a news report, Iran will send 4,000 Iranian Revolutionary Guard soldiers to Syria to support the regime of Syria's president Bashar al-Assad. The introduction of Hezbollah's troops into Syria has already had several serious consequences in the Mideast -- Egypt's decision to cut all diplomatic ties with Syria, and the Obama administration's announcement that it will supply small arms to Syria's rebels. The introduction of 4,000 Iranian troops, if true, will raise the Sunni versus Shia vitriol in the region to a new high. For years, Generational Dynamics has been predicting a new genocidal Mideast war, re-fighting the war between Jews and Arabs that followed the 1948 partitioning of Palestine and creation of the state of Israel, and now events seem to be gathering steam for a Sunni versus Shia war that will engulf the entire region, and pull in other nations, including the United States. Independent (London)

U.S. will put F-16s and Patriot missiles into Jordan

The United States said on Saturday it will keep Patriot missiles and F-16 jet fighters in Jordan after joint military exercises end next week. According to the State Department:

"The secretary [John Kerry] reaffirmed that the United States continues to work aggressively for a political solution with the goal of a second Geneva meeting, but that the use of chemical weapons and increasing involvement of Hezbollah demonstrates the regime's lack of commitment to negotiations and threatens to put a political settlement out of reach."

This appears to be one more consequence of Hezbollah's invasion of Syria by troops fighting in support of Bashar al-Assad's army. Reuters

Bank Of America Lied To Homeowners And Encouraged Foreclosures

The government created the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) in 2009 in response to the foreclosure epidemic and to encourage banks to give homeowners loan modifications, allowing some borrowers to stay in their homes. This followed a scandal when it was revealed that bank employees "robo signed" documents without verifying them as is required by law. Now, six former Bank of America employees are accusing the bank of purposely sabotaging the HAMP program, forcing homeowners unnecessarily into foreclosure instead of modifying the loans, and then lying both the homeowner and the government about what they were doing.

What's remarkable about this story is that it's so unremarkable. We're living in a time when an entire generation of bankers purposely created tens of trillions of dollars in fraudulent synthetic mortgage-backed securities, and then sold them as AAA risk free. We're living at a time when bankers manipulated Libor for their own profit, when CNBC analysts lie every day about stock valuations, and when the White House lies every day about having used the IRS to target political enemies. And it's worth pointing out again: The Obama justice department adamantly refuses to investigate and charge bankers who participated in the fraud that caused the financial crisis, or who perpetrated the IRS targeting. So, Bank of America employees defrauding homeowners and lying to the government is nothing special. It's just what happens every day these days. Reuters

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