Daily VideoJune 10, 2014
Terrorists attack Pakistan’s busiest airport
The Pakistani Taliban carried out a deadly assault at their country’s busiest airport over the weekend. More than 43,000 people travel through the Karachi international airport every day. No passengers were harmed, but the death toll soared to 36 as of Tuesday morning — including all ten attackers, airport personnel and security forces.
Heavily armed militants dressed as airport security, evaded checkpoints and made their way into the airport via a side entrance. According to their spokesman, they wanted to hijack a plane and seek revenge for the death of their leader in a U.S. drone strike last year.
As the gun battle raged, the authorities evacuated the airport and canceled incoming flights. Troops had to get passengers off aircraft that were sitting on the tarmac.
Saim Rizvi was one of them. He used Twitter to express himself: “They fire rocket launchers. May God protect the country and passengers on board, as well as on the floor.” A few minutes later, he tweeted: “We’re going to be off-loaded soon. Commandos are on the plane. Long live the Pakistan army.”
The goal of the Pakistani Taliban is to topple the Pakistani government and establish strict Islamic rules. This is of grave concern to the international community since Pakistan is one of a handful of countries that has nuclear weapons. Karachi, which is the largest metropolitan city in Pakistan, has long been used as a sanctuary for Taliban insurgents.
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif started peace negotiations with the Taliban earlier this year, but talks have broken down.
Warm up questions
Teachers, write the words “fundamentalist” and “extremist” on the board and pose the following question to students:
- What does each of these words mean? Who is typically described as a “fundamentalist” or an “extremist”?
- Give three examples of terrorist attacks. What was the public reaction to these attacks? Was the goal of the terrorists achieved?
- Why do you think the Pakistan Taliban chose the Karachi airport to attack?
- How do attacks like this affect the world’s perception of Pakistan as a country?
- What problems can arise when we group a whole country or all members of a religion together based on the actions of a few? How can we make sure not to stereotype individuals, whole countries or regions?
Imagine that after watching the video one of your friends in class turns to you and says “Man, those Muslims are all a bunch of crazy terrorists!” How would you react to this statement? What would you say to try to educate your friend? Write the conversation into a scene in a play or screenplay. Make sure the conversation has a beginning, a middle and an end.
Tooltip of related stories
Tooltip of more video block
Submit Your Student Voice
The Democratic National Convention wrapped up its third day on Wednesday in Philadelphia with speeches by President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
The Democratic National Convention began on Monday amid protests from supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders and calls for unity to back Hillary Clinton. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
While Clinton has topped the annual Gallup poll of “most admired woman” each of the last 14 years, a CBS poll last month showed nearly two-thirds of Americans say they don’t think she is honest or trustworthy. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Born and raised in Queens, New York, to a family of privilege, Donald Trump grew up in a 23-room house and was driven to private school by the family chauffeur. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump chose Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice president, despite the two disagreeing on a number of political and social issues. Pence has served as governor of Indiana since 2012, and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives for 12 years. Continue readingArts & CultureEconomicsHealthScienceU.S.UncategorizedWorld