‘Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari has signed a law introducing Islamic ‘shariah’ law in the picturesque Swat valley in northwestern Pakistan in an attempt to end Taliban violence, but critics warn that it could encourage Taliban influence to spread further in the fragile country.
“This step by the government will only embolden the Taliban movement in the sense that if they demand for something, the government concedes, and then they come back with more demands” said Asma Jehangir, a Pakistani human rights lawyer.
However, a Pakistani government official said the deal was vital to bring peace to Swat as a prerequisite for the government re-establishing its control over the area. “This was a bitter pill that had to be swallowed in the long term interest of Swat and its surrounding region” said the official.’
…in the long term interest of Swat and its surrounding region….
Cognitive dissonance, cognitive dissonance, cognitive dissonance. Disconnect, disconnect, disconnect.
I’m sorry, folks, but I’m getting overwhelmed by the sheer amount of dumbassery. Anger, feelings of hopelessness, so much sadness at how far we have not come – it’s all too much. I’m taking a break.
Hopefully, when I come back, I’ll be raring to go again, believe in spreading the word, believe we can effect change etc etc, but until then, this disillusioned human is taking herself offline.