Gordon Brown | Reuters | In the week in which America opened the door for negotiations with the Taliban, three bloody massacres of school children — shot down simply because they wanted to go to school — raise grave questions about what kind of peace the Taliban offer.
Within days of the initiative for talks, the Taliban shot to death
nine foreign tourists encamped on the peak of Nanga Parbat in northern
Pakistan, saying the murders were in retaliation for a drone attack that
killed one of their leaders. But what kind of justification can
possibly be offered for the firebombing of a college bus carrying forty girls
from their Quetta campus in Pakistan? Fourteen defenseless girls died
in the bombing; eight more people died when the terrorists ambushed the