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Adding To The Confusion
"The Pakistani government outlawed the group after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in an effort to purge the country of extremism, much of it anti-American."
-- from this news article
What a misleading way to put it. First of all, the Pakistani government did not make an "effort to purge the country of extremism, much of it anti-American." The "extremism" was the widely-shared "extremism" of all those who take their Islam seriously, and about that the Musharraf government did almost nothing, and what little it did do was purely in order to justify all the money and military aid it received, while it continued to allow the source of the terrorist threat -- the ideology that prompts it -- completely unchallenged.
Furthermore, Sipah-e-Sahaba is a Sunni group, in the main devoted to killing Shi'a. It is no more or less "anti-American" than other Muslim groups. A bit of googling would have supplied more information about Sipah-e-Sahaba, and further, a bit of study might have prevented the writer of this article from describing, inaccurately because incompletely, the group as "anti-American." It is anti-Infidel, and the Americans are hated because they are Infidels (what does the Qur'an say again? -- start with Sura 9 and go from there), and the Shi'a are hated by these Sunnis because they, too, are regarded as Infidels.
Every news report should be an occasion for further enlightenment, not further confusion. Most people are quite confused enough -- look at the incoherence of American, and Western, policy. An incoherence that has led to a fantastic squandering of resources, and the great harm being done to necessary policies (about domestic monitoring of a Muslim menace, about Iran's nuclear project) by this clearly misguided and vainglorious undertaking, that naive and counter-productive "bringing freedom" to "ordinary moms and dads" in Iraq and then, because Iraq was to have served as a Light Unto the Muslim Nations, to the greater Middle East.
Stupidity, timidity, rigidity, cupidity -- everywhere you look.