Middle East

Mar 29, 2016

Playground horror: Taliban violence no longer confined to Pakistan’s badlands

Violence is out of place everywhere and nowhere.

Shakira Hussein — Writer and academic in multiculturalism

Shakira Hussein

Writer and academic in multiculturalism

Violence is out of place anywhere. I have to remind myself of this when I see reports of violence in places with which I’m familiar, which hold happy memories for me, which are home to people who I care about. And then I remind myself that there is no place on Earth where violence is a stranger. “How can this happen here?” is an instinctive protective response, but violence has almost always happened here — wherever “here” may be — at some point in the not-too-distant past. Violence is out of place everywhere and nowhere. Why not London, or Paris, or Brussels, or Sydney?


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6 thoughts on “Playground horror: Taliban violence no longer confined to Pakistan’s badlands

  1. Malcolm Grant

    Whilst no-one (including me) wants to dimiish the deaths of so many innocent people, including the most innocent of all, the children, can we stop discussing violence only when it happens to ‘nice places’ that we have visited or lived in and those that we want to visit or live in.

    The attacks in Lahore are just some more in the litany of violence that has been screaming out at the world for decades.

    If we should be remembering Lahore and Paris and Belgium and London, then surely we should also be remembering the attacks in Kabul and Ankara and all of the other countries populated by ‘other’ people.

  2. Shakira Hussein

    @Malcolm – that was my point, if you bother to read beyond the first paragragh.

  3. Bruce Martin

    With all due respect, Shakira. If you believe the Taliban did this then I have a bridge for sale. And excuse me, but this is not a gender issue. Your indoctrination is all over the place.

    The divide and conquer mechanism is being ramped up by the western intelligence agencies. Eyes wide shut, Shakira.

  4. AR

    The reason it could happen there, or anywhere the brutal culture of a primitive mindset is allowed to exist, is quite simple.
    However much you obfuscate & equivocate, as you always do, Ms Hussein, the cause is simple.
    All religions are wrong but some are far worse than others because the intolerance is intrinsic.

  5. Quoll

    It’s difficult to take people seriously when their idea of discourse is to insult the author and claim that a problem as complex as terrorism is due to one “simple” root cause.

  6. Janno

    Thanks Shakira. Your post was a little too nuanced for some maybe? US journalist/academic Steve Coll’s “Ghost Wars” chronicaled how US Intelligence was totally outplayed by Pakistan/Saudi Arabia in advance of Afghanistan’s civil war. The Pakistan Military gave a long leash to the Taliban in the Swat Valley in 2000s and that did not end well. Violence between different local insurgents and the military goes on in the economically underdeveloped North West without much reporting, locally or internationally, of the civilian casualties and effects on everyday life. It is a complex place – but we don’t deal with complexity well, just give us

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