Schools and libraries are pretty important things, perhaps the most important for any country. So the following is pretty amazing – Islamabad has well over a million people, and yet doesn’t have a single children’s library. Wow. And this is the place where all the enlightened moderation of Pervez Musharraf stems from. That is just amazing. I wonder how many children’s schools the capital of Pakistan has. It’s a good thing the government is “about to change”:http://pakistaniat.com/2007/04/05/pakistan-rumor-rumour-benazir-bhutto-return-musharraf/, for the rate at which enlightened moderation is spreading, there won’t be any if left up to the current government.
It seems that there was a children’s library in Islamabad, but “it has been taken over by a bunch of retards”:http://pakistaniat.com/2007/03/29/jamia-hafsa-taliban-talibanization-islamabad-brothel-madrassa-mosque-hostage/ which doesn’t like books very much. The government obviously agrees with them, as it sent out the Minister for Religious affairs, (it seems along with being nuts, the group is also religious), and struck a deal with the militants. That deal left the library in the hands of “suicide bombers”:http://pakistaniat.com/2007/04/07/pakistan-lal-masjid-islamabad-suicide-bomb-bombers-qazi-court/.
And so we have no libraries for children in the capital of Pakistan. We do have a lot of madrassehs where they can go instead and -read books- watch videos on Jihad instead.
There has been a lot of fuss in the press and media about talibanization this and talibanization that. It seems to me that the bigger picture is that in the absence of education something else is going to take it’s place. The government never thought fit to go beyond lip service on education so millions of children had nowhere to go. This vaccum was eagerly filled by thousands of Madressehs around the country who took these children in, fed them, clothed them, and taught them their own private, often times perverted version of Islam.
The upper class sent their children to private schools and never bothered about the absolute failure of the government schools. An old saying goes something like this: “Where the children goes, so goes the country” and this is what is happening today in Pakistan. There is a whole generation of madrasseh trained people who do not know how to think or reason for themselves, and it is perhaps too late for them to do anything else besides live a reactionary life fueled by hatred and Islam, for they do not know any better. The country failed them a long time ago, and it shouldn’t blame them for doing the only thing they can do.