Thursday, April 26, 2007

Eaten Alive

The Asia Times describes how, despite promises to clean up its madrassas, Pakistan's 13,000 Muslim seminaries, with an enrollment of 1.5 million, have opposed all efforts at reform and now threatens to add to the homegrown Islamist threat Musharraf described as "eating us from within"

A macabre video circulating in Pakistan shows the gruesome death of Ghulam Nabi, a Pakistani militant accused of betraying a front-ranking Taliban leader who was killed last December in an air strike in Afghanistan.

The video, obtained by AP Television News in Peshawar, capital of Pakistan's North West Frontier Province (NWFP), on April 17, shows a 12-year-old boy slashing at Nabi's neck until the head is severed. A voice in Pashto identifies Nabi and his home at KiliFaqiran village in Pakistan's Balochistan province.

The fanatical intensity with which the child - egged on by a group of adults chanting "Allah hu akbar" - demonstrates the tremendous dangers of the kind of psychological indoctrination to which Pakistan's children are being subjected.

Here's a YouTube video which gives some sense of what the madrassas are like:


Blogger Brian said...

The only contemporary parallel indoctrination environment I can think of is the Bountiful polygamy complex in Utah. See Victim's Refuge, here.

But the madrasses are one or two orders of magnitude more malignant, all things considered!

4/26/2007 08:18:00 PM  
Blogger raymondshaw said...

You need to fix your link Brian.

4/26/2007 08:26:00 PM  
Blogger wretchard said...

There are two ways to think about the madrassa video. One is to view it as a window into a hostile way of life. That's us looking in. The other viewpoint would be to imagine the video image as a clear pane of glass through which the characters in the video could view the West. From their point of view we would be the hostile way of life. That would be them looking out.

Thus, without resort to any kind of ethnocentrism an impartial observer would readily agree that it describes an explosive situation. How can these two hostile worlds separated by our notional pane of glass coexist? What happens when they collide? That is what the world is about to find out.

4/27/2007 02:35:00 AM  
Blogger Mətušélaḥ said...

Pakistani and other Jihadi immigrants are now leading the charge in Scotland's cessation from the Brutish United Kingdom, as an effort to withdraw support from the War on Terror.

4/27/2007 06:14:00 AM  
Blogger PeterBoston said...

The madrassas are today's portrayal of Plato's cave dwellers who view shadows as reality.

4/27/2007 11:26:00 AM  

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