Policy shaped by power in world burdened by grief (Vijay Prashad, Al Araby, January 15, 2015)

Policy shaped by power in world burdened by griefSadness and pain from Peshawar to Paris should not blind us to the clichéd responses of those in power. More airstrikes in Syria and Iraq will not help France with its social disintegration. Hypocrisy diverts and only breeds war. Peshawar…

Imagine the pain that courses through the veins of Andaleeb Aftab, a teacher at the army public school in Peshawar.

On December 16, seven Taliban gunmen entered the school and killed 150 people, including at least 134 children. Among the students was Huzaifa, the 15-year-old son of Andaleeb Aftab. It was hard to fight off the tears, she said. But she had to be a role model for her students.

The Taliban said that its murderous rampage came as revenge for army operations in Waziristan, where at least two hundred children have been killed by drone strikes alone.

That one thing happens in Waziristan is no justification for another happening in Peshawar. Retribution against the body of a child is unforgivable. – See more at: http://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2015/1/15/policy-shaped-by-power-in-world-burdened-by-grief#sthash.H4WwhPZW.dpuf

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