The Dec. 16 attack on a school in Peshawar by the Taliban of Pakistan (TTP) took the lives of 141 victims. More than 130 were children. The world grieves their loss. Dubbed Pakistan’s 9/11, this incident is neither the first of such attacks on the people of Pakistan, nor is it the first targeting children. The 2012 attempted assassination of Malala Yousafzai, a schoolgirl and education activist, has not been forgotten by Pakistanis or the world.
Even for those without a personal connection to the region or people involved, it takes time to process such a tragic and senseless event. In doing so, many will rightly raise questions about the role of religion, especially Islam.