UNBELIEVABLE – AT 9:26 A.M. ET: One of the many vulgar things about the Obama foreign policy, and its extension in the press and the universities, is the attempt to whitewash Islamic extremism. We are not facing a cultural misunderstanding. We are facing true evil, steeped in a former century. From the BBC:
Five female Pakistani polio vaccination workers have been shot dead in a string of co-ordinated attacks - four within 20 minutes across Karachi.
The fifth woman was shot and wounded in the city of Peshawar in the north-west and later died of her injuries.
A UN-backed programme to eradicate polio - which is endemic in Pakistan - has been suspended in Karachi.
No group has said it carried out the shootings, but the Taliban have issued threats against the polio drive.
"These were pre-planned and co-ordinated attacks in various localities which took place within a span of 20 minutes," Imran Javed, a police spokesman told the BBC of Tuesday's attacks in Karachi.
Earlier reports said a male health worker had been shot dead in Karachi on Monday, but officials now say his death was not related to the polio vaccination drive.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has condemned the attacks and praised the work of the polio vaccination teams, calling on regional authorities to guarantee their safety, Pakistan's APP news agency reported.
Militants have kidnapped and killed foreign NGO workers in the past in an attempt to halt the immunisation drives which they say are part of efforts to spy on them.
Along with Afghanistan and Nigeria, Pakistan is one of only three countries where polio is still endemic.
COMMENT: Last year marked the worst polio figures in Pakistan in 15 years. I wonder if the murder of five female health workers will attract the casual interest of "feminist" groups in the West. Don't hold your breath. They're not very high on third-world women.
December 18, 2012