Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Islamists Strike Back

A suicide bomber detonated himself today at a military base in Pakistan killing 35 soldiers and wounding many more. This is in apparent retaliation for the missiling of a madrassa last month in the Bajaur tribal area of Pakistan, which killed 80 students, mostly teenagers. The Pakistani government claimed it was a base for militants.

It's as simple as this: Terrorism must be defeated using the criminal justice model, not military solutions. But then again dictatorships aren't the best practicioners of a fair criminal justice system. Also, because the target was a military training base, I would argue this was not terrorism, but an act of asymmetrical warfare. So there can be no phony conceptual differences for the tactic of terrorism, it must be reserved for political violence perpetuated against civilian targets.

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