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Carnage in Lahore

For decades Pakistan tacitly encouraged the Taliban's extremism. Now it's paying the price. Sunday's deadly explosion targeting Christians celebrating Easter in Lahore, the country's second-largest city, reportedly killed 70 people and wounded hundreds more, many of them women and children. A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, which itself is an offshoot of the Afghan Taliban that Pakistan's military supported for decades, claimed responsibility for the carnage. But the ultimate blame falls on Pakistan's government and military elites who long turned a blind eye to the monster they created.

As a U.S. ally, Pakistan played a major role in organizing, arming and training the...

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