The horrific details of the massacre in Peshawar are now emerging. As the New York Times has a harrowing report on what went on inside the school:
The greatest carnage occurred inside the assembly hall, where soldiers said they had recovered over 100 bodies, many piled on each other. Shoes, copybooks and spectacles were scattered amid empty rows of seats where, according to witness accounts, students had cowered in a vain attempt to evade the killers. They were singled out, one by one, and shot in the head. […]“Piles of bodies, most dead, some alive,” said one officer, struggling to hold back tears. “Blood everywhere. I wish I had not seen this.”
As Pakistan figures out what its military response to this atrocity will be, and particularly whether the army, civilian government, and Pakistani intelligence services will finally stop talking out of both sides of their mouths about combating terrorism, these scenes of carnage are a useful reminder about just who we are fighting. The global war on terror is not a fight between moral equals, but a battle with a nihilistic death cult that revels in the slaughter of innocents.