School Shooting in Pakistan

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“Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing 126 people, officials said, in the worst attack to hit the country in years. The overwhelming majority of the victims were students at the army public school, which has children and teenagers in grades 1-10” (The Times-Tribune, December 16, 2014). “‘My son was in uniform in the morning. He is in a casket now,’ wailed one parent, Tahir Ali, as he came to the hospital to collect the body of his 14-year-old son Abdullah. ‘My son was my dream. My dream has been killed’” (ibid.). The number of dead was raised to 135 (and then 150) later Tuesday while the BBC reported “the militants appear to have been intent on killing as many students as possible—rather than taking hostages, as initially thought” (The Daily Star, December 16, 2014). 

“Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar on Tuesday, killing 126 people, officials said, in the worst attack to hit the country in years. The overwhelming majority of the victims were students at the army public school, which has children and teenagers in grades 1-10” (The Times-Tribune, December 16, 2014). “‘My son was in uniform in the morning. He is in a casket now,’ wailed one parent, Tahir Ali, as he came to the hospital to collect the body of his 14-year-old son Abdullah. ‘My son was my dream. My dream has been killed’” (ibid.). The number of dead was raised to 135 (and then 150) later Tuesday while the BBC reported “the militants appear to have been intent on killing as many students as possible—rather than taking hostages, as initially thought” (The Daily Star, December 16, 2014). 

The Death of Integrity

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Have you noticed? Something has changed in the basic fabric of our society. Bedrock moral principles of conduct for orderly, successful entities seem to have evaporated. Integrity, or what the Merriam-Webster On-line Dictionary defines as “the quality of being honest and fair” is dying, and the positive traits that keep it alive are in very short supply.

Have you noticed? Something has changed in the basic fabric of our society. Bedrock moral principles of conduct for orderly, successful entities seem to have evaporated. Integrity, or what the Merriam-Webster On-line Dictionary defines as “the quality of being honest and fair” is dying, and the positive traits that keep it alive are in very short supply.

Kings of the East?

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China continues to make waves in Asia and the world. A recent report states, “The Chinese economy just overtook the United States economy to become the largest in the world. For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was president, America is not the leading economic power on the planet” (MarketWatch, December 4, 2014). “To put the numbers slightly differently, China now accounts for 16.5% of the global economy when measured in real purchasing-power terms, compared with 16.3% for the U.S.” (ibid.). 

China continues to make waves in Asia and the world. A recent report states, “The Chinese economy just overtook the United States economy to become the largest in the world. For the first time since Ulysses S. Grant was president, America is not the leading economic power on the planet” (MarketWatch, December 4, 2014). “To put the numbers slightly differently, China now accounts for 16.5% of the global economy when measured in real purchasing-power terms, compared with 16.3% for the U.S.” (ibid.). 

A King of the North?

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The anti-war mood that has prevailed in Germany since the close of World War II appears to be rapidly changing. German politicians have begun calling for the creation of an “EU military academy” and a “permanent military headquarters” as prerequisites for establishing an “EU army” (German Foreign Policy.com, December 8, 2014). One member of the German parliament stated that while the EU is a “global actor” due to its economic influence, “its foreign and military policy… is inadequate and ‘urgently in need of improvement’” (ibid.). The German Minister of the Economy called for “the establishment of an EU armament industry with a strong German base, independent of the USA” (ibid.). The move to establish an EU army controlled by the European Parliament would remove any decision-making authority from national parliaments. 

The anti-war mood that has prevailed in Germany since the close of World War II appears to be rapidly changing. German politicians have begun calling for the creation of an “EU military academy” and a “permanent military headquarters” as prerequisites for establishing an “EU army” (German Foreign Policy.com, December 8, 2014). One member of the German parliament stated that while the EU is a “global actor” due to its economic influence, “its foreign and military policy… is inadequate and ‘urgently in need of improvement’” (ibid.). The German Minister of the Economy called for “the establishment of an EU armament industry with a strong German base, independent of the USA” (ibid.). The move to establish an EU army controlled by the European Parliament would remove any decision-making authority from national parliaments. 

A King of the South?

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“Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are discussing the creation of a military pact to take on Islamic militants, with the possibility of a joint force to intervene around the Middle East” (Times of Israel, November 4, 2014). “The countries have already shown an unprecedented willingness to intervene together. Egypt and the UAE cooperated in carrying out airstrikes against Islamic militants in Libya during the summer, according to US and Egyptian officials, and last month Egypt carried out strikes of its own” (ibid.). 

“Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait are discussing the creation of a military pact to take on Islamic militants, with the possibility of a joint force to intervene around the Middle East” (Times of Israel, November 4, 2014). “The countries have already shown an unprecedented willingness to intervene together. Egypt and the UAE cooperated in carrying out airstrikes against Islamic militants in Libya during the summer, according to US and Egyptian officials, and last month Egypt carried out strikes of its own” (ibid.). 

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