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Lets not call them terrorists. Call them criminals

February 20, 2007

The Pakistan Foreign Minister, Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri, has called the bomb blasts on the Samjhauta Express (train traveling from India to Pakistan) last Sunday a criminal activity. That is the correct description. We should stop calling these psychopaths ‘terrorists’. They plant bombs and murder innocent people (68 in this case, at latest count) but we call them ‘terrorists’. They actually like to be called terrorists because causing terror is their objective. But actually they are not ‘terrorists’, but murderers and serial killers and psychopaths. If we can all a person who has killed just a few people a psychopath, why do we call these criminals ‘terrorists’?

Security was poor
What is really upsetting (but not surprising) is that as usual there have been security lapses. Everyone who travels on this train is supposed to carry a passport, but this didn’t happen. Several passengers were allowed to board without passports! As if this wasn’t enough, the actual number of passengers was not recorded. A quote from the CNN-IBN site:
“In a shabby job done in complete disregard of the security drill, names of an entire family of passengers were not recorded.”
And now the officials are busy checking each passport and counting each passenger. Typical. But thankfully some railway officials have been sacked. I just hope they are truly sacked, and not just suspended.

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