With this attack, the Taliban has struck what until now was a sanctuary, however fragile and inchoate, where the emerging generation of Pakistanis and Muslims could determine on their own terms how best to bring together their cultures and traditions to grapple with the profound challenges faced by their societies.
I hope it doesn't weaken the spirit and resolve of the thousands of students who've come to the IIU from across the Muslim world to help build a better future. They are not just the future of Pakistan, or of Islam; they are the future as well.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Interesting article by Mark LeVine, professor of history at UC Irvine, as he reflects on the bombing of International Islamic University in Islamabad. Here is an excerpt from the story: