These People are SICK

Posted: March 19, 2008 in Uncategorized

More proof that these monsters have nothing to do with us and our religion. Why do these beasts continue to do such things? These creatures WANT to see others suffer as well, so they kill aid workers. And some of you wonder why I do not like these people…

Long-haired gunmen burst into the white stone building and killed four charity workers helping earthquake victims, then wrecked the office with grenades and set it on fire. Police came, but did not intervene.


In a tactic reminiscent of neighboring Afghanistan, Islamic militants are attacking aid groups in the Pakistan‘s volatile northwest, and local authorities appear incapable — or unwilling — to stop them.

The threat has forced several foreign agencies to scale back assistance to survivors of the October 2005 earthquake that killed at least 78,000 people and left 3 million homeless — risking the region’s recovery from the worst natural disaster in the country’s history.

The Feb. 25 attack on employees of Plan International, a British-based charity that focuses on helping children, was the worst in a series of threats and assaults on aid workers in the northern mountains where Taliban-style militants have expanded their reach in the past year.

Nearly a month later, menacing letters are still being sent to aid organizations. Although all four victims in Mansehra were Pakistani men, Islamic extremists despise the aid groups because they employ women and work for women’s rights.

Local officials in Mansehra, who spoke on condition they not be identified for fear of retaliation, said letters from extremists distributed March 13 and 14 also warned schools to make sure girls are covered from head to toe and to avoid coeducation.

[…]”Everyone is scared,” said Naeem Awan, whose nearby hair salon had its windows blown out by the force of grenades lobbed by the militants. “They can open fire and attack people and get away. How is it possible?”

Since the attack, aid organizations have withdrawn their female field workers. Authorities are asking them to move their offices into a gated community in Mansehra with its own police post.

Despite the additional security, officials of three international aid groups said they wanted to keep working but felt they could not rely on local police for protection. The officials requested anonymity because they did not want to risk problems by publicly criticizing Pakistani authorities.

Women employees say they fear for their safety.

“It was a real act of brutality and you feel very worried, and still there is no real arrangements from the police for security,” said Aneela Tobassam, a Pakistani worker for U.S.-based Mercy Corps who provides vocational training to women. Even inside her office, Tobassam, an ethnic Pashtun, wears a large shawl covering her head.

“I don’t feel safe outside right now, but I won’t leave. I will stay here and I will do my work even if for now it is inside the office,” she said.

The intimidation of aid groups has increased in recent months. They have received anonymous threats, and last October two attacks in nearby Battagram district forced a temporary suspension of relief operations.

There was a bombing outside the office of a local charity, Strengthening Participatory Organization, which wounded eight people. Attackers also sprayed the compound of CARE International with automatic gunfire, but no one was hurt.

Fear that militants are targeting foreigners and their organizations increased over the weekend when a bomb killed a Turkish woman at a restaurant popular with foreigners in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad. Twelve other people were wounded, including four Americans.

[…]

Graham Strong, country director for U.S.-based World Vision, which heads an umbrella group of 20 international aid organizations operating in Pakistan, voiced concern that aid workers here will face the same problem as in Afghanistan.

During nearly four years working there, Strong saw the ability of charities to work dwindle due to lawlessness, government incompetence and Taliban assaults that police failed to stop.

“I hope we are not going down the same road here,” Strong said in Islamabad. “We are generally concerned that things might be changing.”

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  1. “Despite the additional security, officials of three international aid groups said they wanted to keep working but felt they could not rely on local police for protection.”

    I have written several posts about how the Pakistani government promotes extremism. It provides a threat against which we think we need Musharraf’s dictatorship; it also provides a justification for giving Islamabad tens of billions of dollars in foreign military aid, rather than sanctioning the Pakistani government for its role in nuclear proliferation and sponsorship of terrorism in Kashmir.

  2. Indeed these people most certainly are sick!

  3. IBN ABDUL HAQQ says:

    Asa There can be no room for savage behavior in Islam, but please Br this is a ummah we belong to. I totally condemn the sick deeds of Muslims but this my country right or wrong is not Islamic either. It is easy to speak against Muslim wrongs, but fear of Homeland Security should not cower us into speaking truth to power.

    You can say the people in Iraq deserve this but Allah will judge us for supporting the barbaric actions done on women and children.Read the following, and don’t let your hatred of racism which is real, blind you to other atrocities.

    The U.S., Great Britain and Israel are turning portions of the Middle East into a slice of radioactive hell. They are achieving this by firing what they call “depleted uranium” (DU) ammunition but which is, in fact, radioactive ammunition and it is perhaps the deadliest kind of tactical ammo ever devised in the warped mind of man.

    There’s a ton of data about this on the Internet for the skeptics: from sources such as the 1999 report of the International Atomic Energy Commission to oncologist members of England’s Royal Society of Physicians to U.S. Veterans Administration hospital nuclear medicine doctors to officials at the Basra maternity and pediatric hospital to reporter Scott Peterson of the Christian Science Monitor. Peterson used a Geiger counter in August, 2003 to find radiation readings between 1,000 and 1,900 times normal where bunker buster bombs and munitions had exploded near Baghdad. After all, a typical bunker bomb is said to contain more than a ton of depleted uranium.

    For a concise overview on radioactive warfare, read “DU And The Liberation of Iraq” by Christian Scherrer, a researcher at the Hiroshima Peace Institute, published on Znet on April 13, 2003. Scherrer states: “Based on the report of the 48th meeting issued by the UN Committee dealing with effects of Atomic radiation on 20th April 1999, noting the rapid increase in mortality caused by DU between 1991 and 1997, the IAEA document predicted the death of half a million Iraqis, noting that…’some 700-800 tons of depleted uranium was used in bombing the military zones south of Iraq. Such a quantity has a radiation effect, sufficient to cause 500,000 cases which may lead to death.”

    Scherrer writes, “In 1991 the DU ammunition was mainly used against Iraqi tanks in the desert near Basra, while in the present war DU is being used all over Iraq, even in densely populated areas including the heart of Baghdad, Mosul, Tikrit and other cities.” He adds that, based on IAEA estimates and his previous research, “the death toll may surpass a million deaths over the next few years, with more to follow!”

    Scherrer notes, incidentally, the UN’s Human Rights Commission back in 1996 declared DU a weapon of mass destruction(WMD) and that those who use it are guilty of a crime against humanity. Among its users: the first President Bush, President Bill Clinton, who irradiated the Balkans, and the current occupant of the White House.

    Now let’s hear it from Iraqi doctors: Oncologist Dr. Jawad Al-Ali of Basra Hospital and Professor Husam al-Jarmokly of Baghdad University “showed a rapidly increasing death toll in Iraq since 1991 due to cancer and leukemia caused by U.S. radiological warfare,” Scherrer writes, based on their presentation of December 1, 2002 at the Peace Memorial Hall in Hiroshima. Al-Ali, who is also a member of England’s Royal Society of Physicians, is quoted in Feb. 5, 2001, “CounterPunch” as stating, “The desert dust carries death. Our studies indicate that more than 40% of the population around Basra will get cancer. We are living through another Hiroshima.” (Basra is a city of 1.7 million. Does that mean 680,000 people will be stricken? That toll alone would be more than Hiroshima and Nagasaki’s casualties.)

    The same article also reported since 1990, the incident rate of leukemia in Iraq has grown by more than 600 percent and, similarly, “The leukemia rate in Sarajevo, pummeled by American bombs in 1996, has tripled in the last five years” and “NATO and UN peacekeepers in the region are also coming down with cancer.”

    Dr. Zenad Mohammed, employed in the maternity department of the Basra teaching hospital, said in the three-months beginning in August, 1998, 10 babies were born with no heads, eight with abnormally large heads and six with deformed limbs, according to a report on World Socialist Web Site of September 8, 1999. And the British Guardian newspaper reported Basra maternity reported cancer cases shot up from 80 in 1990 to 380 in 1997.

    Reporter Phil Gardner quotes Dr. Basma Al Asam, a gynecologist, at Al Manoon hospital, Baghdad, stating: “I’ve been watching this for seven years now and it’s increasing. We’re not just seeing babies born with congenital abnormalities, but very late spontaneous abortions because of congenital defects. In the past we used to see, maybe, one a month. Now it is two or three cases per day.” (Two to three cases a day, h-m-m-m, does that equal about 1,000 a year at this one hospital?)

    And from American doctors: Colonel Asaf Durakovic, formerly chief of nuclear medicine at the VA hospital in Wilmington, Del., said he found uranium isotopes in the bodies of Persian Gulf War veterans. The New York Times reported on January 29, 2001, Dr. Durakovic said he found “depleted uranium, including uranium 236, in 62 percent of the sick gulf war veterans he examined. He believes that particles lodged in their bodies and may be the cause of their illness.” Once inhaled, Dr. Durakovic noted, “uranium can get into the bloodstream, be carried to bone, lymph nodes, lungs or kidneys, lodge there, and cause damage when it emits low-level radiation over a long period,” the Times reported. The Times article also called attention to the cancer deaths of 24 European soldiers that served as peacekeepers in the Balkans “and the illnesses reported by many others.”

    And from a U.S. researcher: Roberto Gwiazda, of the environmental toxicology department at the University of California Santa Cruz, was the lead researcher examining returned Gulf War veterans that had radioactive shrapnel wounds. The university’s “City On A Hill Press” newspaper quotes him as saying, “Of those with radioactive shrapnel wounds, all had significant levels of uranium in their urine seven to nine years after the explosion. Of those who only inhaled the incendiary uranium, a statistically significant number also had high uranium levels.”

    And from U.S. veterans: Tom Cassidy, of the 1st Cavalry Division who saw service in Iraq in 2003-05: “After the first gulf war, the level of radiation was 300 times what is considered normal. In this invasion we used even more DU bullets. The effects there are horrible,” he told the UCSC paper. Added Dennis Kyne, from the U.S. Army’s 18th Airborne division and Desert Storm veteran and who suffers from an “undiagnosed illness”: “The scientists call it cell disruption, and they don’t know why it’s happening to veterans, but it’s really radiation sickness, and it’s because the DU is all over.”
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  4. vincep1974 says:

    As an American I reject the responsiblity for this.

    Had the people and culture of the Middle East not been the way it is, the United States would never had to deploy its military to that region, much less have to use it.

    If the use of DU is to be avoided at all costs, then it’s up to those who provoke the use of such weapons to cease the activity which requires a response by weapons that contain DU.

    The Muslims of the middle east seem to bring calamity after calamity upoin themsevles. No people have done this more often then the wretched Palestinians.

    Until the culture changes and those people learn a way to live with each other and with Non Muslims in peace then there will be more war.

  5. IBN ABDUL HAQQ says:

    Peace Vince keep blaming the victims,you mention your national pride.
    Honestly, can we expect anything less from a society that names a weapon of mass destruction the peacekeeper missile. A society that is willing to classify the condiment ketchup as a vegetable serving in order to minimize the cost of providing meals to school children from poor families.

    People are supposed to believe that all we need are five packets of ketchup to meet the suggested daily minimum of five fruits and vegetables. Can we expect anything less from a society where people who question the motives of our government representatives are classified as unpatriotic regardless of the merit of their criticism or the ethics of the officials.

    This country would rather spend a trillion dollars and four thousand American lives in Iraq on a war to liberate that country from the tyranny of Saddam Hussein who never threatened a single American life. This country would rather go halfway around the world and stick our national nose in another country’s affairs and create a Pandora’s box like the world has never seen.

    By the way your those people statement says a lot.You remind me of people both black and white who say “black people need to know their place and quit their bellyaching. The establishment has been good to us in the black community and we need to show our thanks by knowing our place. If the establishment thought we deserved more then we would be given more.”

    Everybody knows that black people aren’t as good as white people. Why just the other day I saw another black person in up in the office. Lord knows the only reason he/she was there was because of that meddlesome affirmative action. If black people had what it took to be in the office they would not have needed affirmative action to get there. If they had talent or professional skills they would be hired because of their merits.”

    Before you get on your patriotic high horse there were some of US sloshing around in rice paddies, when we needed to be taking target practice on guys in white hoods and sheets.

    Yeah keep blaming Arab mother and fathers for the plight of the children of Iraq, but don’t get upset when we blame the government for its mistakes.

    If the sins of the fathers are passed down (which they are) then enjoy
    the chickens coming home to roost).

  6. vincep1974 says:

    Ibn: It’s wonderful to ignore what I said and just rattle off the littney of all that is wrong with America. Packets of ketchup vs. Iraqi beheading Iraqi.

    That alone shows what your priorities are.

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