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Militants Run Wild In Pakistan

The government of Pakistan often presents itself as a country divided in which as one group proclaims its opposition to militants, its double is joining them to attack itself. A group of gunmen, some dressed in police uniforms, attacked a police academy in Lahore and before the carnage was over there were dead police as well as several of the attackers. The attack is believed to have been planned by Pakistan Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, a man with whom the Pakistan government a few weeks ago arranged for a truce. It is clear the goal of these attacks is to destabilize the country and compel the Pakistan army to make a decision — does it represent the nation of Pakistan or is it merely an arm of militants?

At least 70 policemen were wounded in the attack by men who were young, bearded and prepared to die for the greater glory of the Taliban. Some TV scenes showed police crouching behind walls and not actively engaged in doing any fighting. Of the eight dead gunmen, two blew themselves up after being wounded. Police did capture about six of the attackers.

Pakistan spokespeople claim a foreign hand was behind the attack and one can only deduce the foreign hand must be India. Why Muslim militants who are willing to commit suicide would be involved in an Indian planned attack is rather bewildering. There is no doubt the men were trained and if they were trained by the same group which help plan the attack on Mumbai it means the Pakistan ISI intelligence group had a hand in planning an attack on itself.

Philippine Troops Battle Islamic Militants

The Philippines have been the scene of a thirty year war initiated by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front which seeks autonomy in the southern portion of the nation where Muslims constitute a high percentage of the population. The Philippine government recently negotiated a cease fire which would provide greater local autonomy to the Muslim insurgents, but violence emerged when Muslim fighters took possession of land owned by Christian farmers. A Filipino military officer said: “The government had given about 800 Muslim guerrillas until Friday to vacate several villages they had occupied” in violation of the truce agreement. Both sides now claim the other is initiating violence and has broken the truce.

The episode is merely another reminder of how 21st century religious violence continues to escalate in violence. Centuries ago, most Christian sects finally agreed they had to end killing one another. Hopefully, this spirit may capture the mood of 21st century religious leaders who engage in violence in the name of god.

Islamic Militants Boast Of Blasting Jaipur

A little-known Islamic miltant group took credit for the series of bomb blasts in the Indian city of Jaipur which cost the llives of 63 people and lest dozens wounded. The Indian Mujahideen emailed video clips of a bicyle wich was packed with explosives that were set off at one of half a dozen sites in Jaipur with the aim of disrupting the tourist industry. The Muslim group also claimed to be responsible for last November blasts that rocked courthouses in the several north Indian cities. The group made clear it is a home grown terrorist organization which is engaged in a Jihad against fundamentalist Hindu groups which they claim have attacked Muslims.

The ongoing religious wars continue, in the Middle East it is Muslims versus Christians and Jews, in Asia, it is Muslims versus Hindus and Hindus versus Muslims.

The bomb blasts also threw a scare into India’s premier cricket league since several Australian players have said they will not play unless provided better security.

Thai Muslim Insurgents Meet In Geneva

Southern regions of Thailand are the scene of insurgent groups who are fighting for the rights of Muslims against what they regard is an oppressive central government. Prime Minister Samak Saundaravej noted yesterday there were reports at least two of the six militant groups are meeting in Geneva in order to find ways of internationalizing their struggle. Interior Minister Chaleerm Yubamrung admits the rebeliion is spreading and forming links with other forces, even those from Cambodia. “I admit it is too big an issue. It is not that I don’t pay enugh attention to it, but I am trying to find a way to solve th problem.” Army sources believe rebels are seeking ot obtain money and supplies from other areas of the world in order to improve their ability to conduct militant action

There are reports some Thai military met with insurgent representatives in 2006 and at that time the militants were not talking about southern provinces breaking away, but they may have changed their mind and are now seeking international aid in order to expand their activities and seek a separate southern Muslim nation.

A military solution will result in years of fighting and dying. The Thai government has to initiate an extensive political and economic program to win over Muslims in southern regions.