A religious school near the heart of the country’s tribal areas has for years served as an operational hub for the most lethal adversary of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, the so-called Haqqani network, according to U.S. officials.
Still, the CIA has refrained from hitting the site, U.S. officials said, out of concern that targeting a religious compound might trigger a violent backlash. The U.S. military cannot attack a site inside Pakistan. And U.S. officials said the Pakistani military has failed to clear militants from the school, or madrassa, even though it maintains a fort less than two miles away.
The madrassa on the edge of Miram Shah has emerged as a symbol of the constraints on the U.S. effort in Afghanistan, where the enemy – and the prospects for a clear victory – often seem to lie beyond U.S. forces’ grasp…
“It’s a focal point for Haqqani operations,” said a U.S. intelligence official. Beyond the madrassa’s use for recruitment, training and planning, the official said, “there is a strong likelihood that senior Haqqani leaders meet there on a regular basis.”
Wednesday, July 13, 2005
TIME TO SHUT OR BOMB THOSE MADRASSAS - just like we did the Afghan terror-training campsHere's why (as if we really needed ANOTHER reason!):Apparently - the uncle wants us to believe - the religious instruction his (previously fine)nephew received in Pakistan (probably at a madrassa) was the reason his nephew became a TERRORIST. Okay. If that is true, then I SAY: If they won't stop teaching and preaching hate and genocide in these madrassas in Pakistan (and everywhere else - including the disputed territories and Saudi Arabia) - and if they don't stop churning out suicidal/genocidal murdering maniacs - then we should bomb the madrassas to smithereens!
BBC:"The uncle of one of the suspected London suicide bombers said his family had been "left shattered" by the news. Bashir Ahmed, 65, said the family of Shehzad Tanweer, who recently studied religion in Pakistan, could not accept he was capable of the bombings. "It wasn't him. It must have been forces behind him," he said. Police are now focusing on finding those who masterminded the suspected suicide attacks that killed at least 52 people in London last Thursday."
It would be a defensive measure - like bombing V2 factories in WW2!
IOW: Jihadist madrassas and mosques : GWOT :: V2 factories : WW2.
IF WE WANT THE WAR TO END, THEN WE MUST BE WILLING TO FIGHT USING THE MEANS NECESSARY TO WIN.