Warfare continues to become more professional and dehumanized every day.

The purpose of Extraordinary Edition is being revisited for winter, headed into 2013. U.S. foreign policy, Central Asia and the Middle East remain key focal points. Economics and culture on your front doorstep are coming into focus here.

Monday, April 5, 2010

U.S. Consulate in Pakistan bombed

Voice of America reported a breaking story Monday after explosions rocked the U.S. Consulate in Peshawar, Pakistan.

Point of concern: no by-line here, typical fashion of late-breaking news reporting, and what we see is information available about the group claiming responsibility for the attack: the Pakistani Taliban, not a very specific group but a sprawling cross section of Pakistan's population. Taken with recent reports of Pakistan's military mounting a successful campaign against Islamic militants within its borders, the situation is coming closer to what could be (and possibly ought to be) described as civil war. This would be a civil war in which the United States and its military and spy operatives are taking a clear side. Where is the civic deliberation in this matter? If somewhere in DC, then where (hopefully on Capitol Hill before Langley) What's the democratic aspect of fanning the flames of civil war in Pakistan in attempts to bring democracy to Afghanistan?

US Condemns Attack on Consulate in Pakistan

The United States has condemned an Islamic militant attack on the U.S. consulate in the Pakistani city of Peshawar Monday.

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said the White House is greatly concerned by attack that left at least three people dead and several others wounded.

Pakistani Taliban militants have claimed responsibility for the attack. Security officials say militants detonated car bombs outside the consulate and fired grenades and other weapons as they tried to enter the building. Police quickly closed off the area.

A statement from the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad says at least two Pakistani security officers were killed. There are no reports that any U.S. citizens were among those wounded or killed in the attack.

Earlier Monday, authorities say a suspected suicide bomber killed at least 41 people and wounded scores of others at a political rally in the Lower Dir district.

The Awami National Party (ANP), which heads the ruling coalition in North West Frontier Province, was meeting to discuss a name change for the province.

The ANP has supported military operations against the Taliban and Islamist militants in the country.

No comments: