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Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:32 PM

Why are bombs killing scores of people in Pakistan not news

Last edited Sat Feb 16, 2013, 05:16 PM - Edit history (1)

but deaths in Syria are news. Does anyone wonder why?

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Reply Why are bombs killing scores of people in Pakistan not news (Original post)
malaise Feb 2013 OP
Aerows Feb 2013 #1
malaise Feb 2013 #6
Buzz Clik Feb 2013 #2
Cooley Hurd Feb 2013 #3
DonViejo Feb 2013 #4
malaise Feb 2013 #7
patrice Feb 2013 #5
OKNancy Feb 2013 #8
Bosonic Feb 2013 #10
Robb Feb 2013 #9
dixiegrrrrl Feb 2013 #12
1-Old-Man Feb 2013 #11
Igel Feb 2013 #13

Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:34 PM

1. Well, killing sores would be a good thing, right?

Sorry, I couldn't resist.

I think you meant killing scores. And yes, I wonder. I think it is because the Pakistani government doesn't really want to admit the fact that they approve of some of these.

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Response to Aerows (Reply #1)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 05:18 PM

6. LOL

corrected

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:35 PM

2. They are both news and in the news. That's how you found out.

God, I hate threads that start out this way.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:36 PM

3. Are they dropping buckets of salve?

The relief to their sores must be a soothing!

All kidding aside, I agree about the lack of coverage regarding the drone strikes.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:53 PM

4. Guess you missed it...

At Least 40 Killed In Pakistan Bombing

DAVID TAINTOR 10:55 AM EST, SATURDAY FEBRUARY 16, 2013

At least 40 people were killed Saturday when a bomb struck a market in Quetta, Pakistan, CNN reported. More than 100 people were injured in attack, which targeted Shiites, according to the report.

http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/at-least-40-killed-in-pakistan-bombing

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Response to DonViejo (Reply #4)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 05:20 PM

7. I did

just read something on a web site

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 04:55 PM

5. Yeah & Why don't we know more about whose bombs those are?

Who can we trust for that answer?

Recall what happened in Iraq?

If you were having trouble with your dissidents and you wanted some of them dead, but as little blood as possible on your own hands, what might you do? What was OBL's home country and didn't they just export their dissident problems to a certain proxy nation known as Afghanistan, which borders on Pakistan?

I don't know for sure, because I've never been a dictator in a country full of people at one another's throats about their histories in the whole region, some of whom have an alliance with a well-armed buddy who also has a history in the region . . . .

just sayin'

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Response to OKNancy (Reply #8)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 05:36 PM

10. And posted ~5 hours before this thread started

Guess it's difficult to find the LBN section...

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Response to Robb (Reply #9)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 05:58 PM

12. Just as the suicide bombs in India were not big news

or the 2 bombs in Syria recently.

That is, not MSM news....thankfully we have the internet to find news that matters.

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Response to malaise (Original post)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 05:37 PM

11. Because it is not News if there is nothing new about it.

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Response to 1-Old-Man (Reply #11)

Sat Feb 16, 2013, 08:26 PM

13. Nothing much new about Syria, either.

Except that Syria fits a nice narrative. Good versus bad, totalitarianism vs. democracy.

The bad guy is an acceptable bad guy. Granted, there's vacillation over the "good guy," but we still like hating on the bad guy.

In Pakistan we don't think of the Shi'ites as good guys or the Sunnis as bad guys. We don't like the narrative of Muslims killing Muslims, not because it puts them in a bad light but because there's no us involved. When the Taliban in Pakistan kills an aid worker, when there's some attack on a girls' school, when there's some attack on US soldiers or Afghan official, there's a good bad guy. Sometimes it's the US, sometimes it's because the US was involved, sometimes it's because there are bad religious people out to keep women barefoot and pregnant. Nice narrative.

Can't sort out Muslim-on-Muslim oppression. Esp. Sunni-on-Shi'ite. And esp. when it's majority Sunnis-as-oppressors on minority Shi'ites-as-oppressed. Why, that means that the Sunni attacks on Shi'ites in Iraq might not be what we think they are. Or the Sunni attacks on Shi'ites in Syria may not be what we think they are. We can't let it be religious because that might mean some other attacks that fit our domestic, US-based narrative might also be religious.

So we ignore them, pretty much. No, they aren't completely ignored. They are mentioned. Then they vanish from the media and it's like they never happened.

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