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Pakistan Clerics Denounce Suicide Bombings

At a meeting of Pakistan clerics, the group bluntly denounced the use of suicide bombing as an action that is in violation of the principles of the Muslim religion. Participants of Jamiat Mashaikh Ahle Sunnat Conference which included custodians from more than 100 shrines around Pakistan condemned terrorism in strong terms. Participants also spoke out against air strikes by American planes and missiles against Pakistanis in the Tribal Areas of the country. They expressed their duty to preach Islamic values and fight against forces of militancy whose actions violate the basic tenets of their religion.

Terrorists continue insisting they are on a jihad which allows them to blow up innocent people including women and children. Clerics in Indonesia and Pakistan have made clear there is nothing in the Muslim religion which allows such actions.

Suicide Bombing Violates Muslim Religion

In recent years, the concept of suicide bombing has been linked to the Muslim religion although at other times in history, suicide bombers were prevalent in western society. A recent conference of leading clerics in Pakistan examined the issue of suicide bombing as it pertained to the basic values and beliefs of their society. They concluded that only a State, not an individual has the authority to call for jihad(holy war). The conference also confronted the issue of suicide bombing and issued a fatwa(edict) forbidding it. The Muttahida Ulema Council(MUC) was concerned about recent suicide attacks in Pakistan which have resulted in the death of hundreds of people. The MUC declared suicide bombing un-Islamic, and urged the government to cease military operations in the Tribal Areas and conduct negotiation with the people in those regions.

The conference of Islamic clerics demanded the government reveal any secret agreements made by their government with the United States an urged closer relations with Iran which they believe will be a firmer ally of their nation than the United States. The Council expressed concern that India had received special treatment pertaining to their nuclear program and Pakistan should be accorded similar rights.

Iraq’s Deadliest Day In Months

At least eight American soldiers died yesterday in what appears to be the deadliest day in fighting in many months. The attacks showed the ability of insurgents to strike in the heart of the heavily fortified cap[ital as welll as in the restive Diyala province. The suicide bomber hit the soldiers after they had left their Humvees and were chatting with shop owners. While face-to-face contact builds good-will, it also gives suicide bombers, who often slip past security gurard checkpoints by walking, better access to striking at soldiers.

There is no question deaths are down significantly in the past few months due to a combination of the surge, a cease-fire by radical Shiite cleric Muqutada al-Sadr, and the role of former Sunni militants and tribal groups who have switched sides to join the fight against al-Qaida. However, this is a fragile alliance which might well collapse if American troops withdraw from Iraq. An ongoing problem is failure on the part of the Iraq government to create a true alliance and become a force of unity and reconstruction. Until the Iraq government assumes leadership everything depends on an alliance which is centered in the presence of 160,000 US troops.

The Bush administration insists the surge has worked. Has it?