Two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the gates of an important army munitions factory resulting in the death of about 70 innocent workers and injuries to dozens more. The Taliban immediately claimed credit for the bombing and according to its spokesman, Maulvi Omar, the bombing was in response to recent military actions in tribal areas of the northwest. Virtually, all of those killed were civilian workers and there are no reports of military personnel being among the dead. The incident raises many questions. The factory supposedly was located in a high security area, but two suicide bombers somehow walked through this tight security area and came right up to the gates where they blew themselves up as workers were leaving their shift. It is difficult to imagine two strangers walking calmly through a high security area loaded with bombs without someone checking their identity of at least searching them.
There have been many reports about Pakistan’s notorious Intelligence Service which has worked with terrorists for years. Reports from Pakistan indicate Pakistan People’s Party co-chair, Asif Ali Zardari will become the new president. Perhaps, his first action would be to conduct extensive investigations into Pakistan Intelligence and any connection they might have with suicide bombers.
During fighting in the Vietnam War, American military experts were usually quite struck by the fact it was North Vietnamese communist soldiers who were more willing to kill themselves in the fight against their enemies while South Vietnam soldiers would run away rather than commit suicide. The past few days in Afghanistan have witnessed an ambush of French paratroopers, elite fighting men, by the Taliban and the death of 10 French soldiers which represents the highest number killed in a single battle in Afghanistan. Repots indicate four o the French soldiers were kidnapped and then killed. Even as the French were dying, in a daring attack, a team of suicide bombers tried to storm a US base near the Pakistan border. The attacks came just a few days after suicide bombers killed themselves outside the camp and killed innocent civilians.
The willingness of members of the Taliban to commit suicide in order to kill the enemy is frightening in many respects but it also demonstrates the strength of belief that opposes coalition and US forces in Afghanistan. A strong willed group opposes the Afghanistan government and it is willing to die for its belief. The US learned forty years ago when confronting such fighters the solution was not sending in more soldiers, but fighting to win the hearts of the civilian population. The battle for Afghanistan will best be fought via ideas, improved economic and social conditions, and, above all, an education system that creates a sense of patriotism and support of the government.