More death and destruction in Pakistan, today:

Gunmen detonated a car bomb near police and intelligence agency offices on Lahore’s Fatima Jinnah road Wednesday, killing 23 people and wounding more than 100, officials said.

At least four men with rifles stepped out from the car and opened fire on the intelligence agency building, then set off a massive blast when security guards returned fire, officials said.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik suggested the attack could be retaliation for the government’s military offensive to rout Taliban militants from the northwestern Swat Valley.

It’s heartbreaking, what this country has gone through.  What it seems to be destined to go through.  Like any other people, most folks there just want to live their lives in a quiet peace.  And like any other people, there is a tiny segment of sociopaths that seem willing to use death and destruction to achieve their own narrow interests.  I really hope Pakistan can find a way to limit the damage they can do.