On Tuesday, August 20, the US Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) levied economic sanctions against a madrassah (Islamic school) in Pakistan by branding it a ‘terrorist training center’ supporting al-Qaida and the Taliban. The Treasury Department said that the Ganj madrassah in Peshawar was being used as a training and recruiting base by two militant groups, as well as the radical Lashkar-e-Taiba, blamed for the November 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. They’re right. That’s what it is being used for.
Most USGOV anti-terrorist initiatives do not focus on recruitment and indoctrination of youth in the processes of becoming jihadis. The main thrust has been on decapitation, which is never a permanent solution to terrorism, and on total destruction of terrorist groups which is always impossible.
Attacks on the reproductive systems of Islamic terrorism require pressure on madrassahs and specific rabble-rousing imams in order to dissuade Muslim kids from embracing violent jihad. The reproductive subsystems of a terrorist organization are usually more vulnerable to disruption. However, Pakistan is a US ally, and disrupting venerated institutions of religious education on an ally’s turf is not appreciated by the ally. So it’s easier said than done.
Many attacks aimed at US Forces in Afghanistan were executed with the assistance and resources of jihadis trained at madrassahs in Pakistan. A madrassah in Multan, Pakistan has maintained connections with several madrassahs in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, for the purpose of supplying suicide bombers and violent jihadis, according to published Afghan police interrogation reports. Suicide bombings in Afghanistan tend to be an international enterprise, invariably rooted in Pakistan.
The Indian government would ask the US why it clings to Pakistan as an ally in the fight against terror when much of the jihadis operating in the Subcontinent and Southwest Asia are Pakistani or are Pashtun (ethnic Afghans living in Pakistan’s Northwest Frontier Province, referred to as a ‘tribal area’). I have asked the same question and always get a bewildered look from US State Department FSO’s (Faggots Serving Overseas) and the response goes something like this, “What would happen if they turned against us?”
Pakistan allowed Osama bin Laden to live next door to their military academy…
Pakistan’s loyalty is measured in many billions of dollars a year of foreign aid. The Pakistani Interservice Intelligence Service (ISI) is a type of shadow government that acts on its own and works its own agenda separate of Pakistani national policy.
(Fox News) Pakistan is one of the largest recipients of U.S. assistance. Nearly $3 billion in U.S. aid to Pakistan is planned for fiscal 2012. About $1.6 billion of the FY2012 funds are security-related and most of the remaining $1.4 billion is for economic development. Pakistan has received over $20 billion in military and non-military aid since 2001. About $9 billion of that total went to reimburse Pakistan for its expenses incurred in supporting U.S. military operations.
US SECSTATE, John Kerry is a big proponent of massive foreign aid to Pakistan — and that makes perfect sense.