Dozens of innocent people were killed -- and hundreds of others injured -- this week in Pakistan, after two suicide bombers detonated their explosive vests at Pakistan's most popular Sufi shrine.
Although Islam extremists were behind the slaughter at the shrine, many Pakistanis believe the root cause of the violence is America's war in neighboring Afghanistan, its missile strikes in Pakistan's tribal regions, and its alliance with Islamabad.
If Islam extremists think the suicide bombings will have an impact in intimidating America to leave Afghanistan, they are wrong.
Suicide bombings -- and other barbarous acts by extremist Muslims -- only reinforce America's determination to continue to fight in Afghanistan until it is certain that Afghanistan becomes a free and democratic country.
On the contrary, Islamic barbaric acts only have a negative impact -- rather than a positive one -- on Muslims, because these acts portray a hateful and savage image of Islam.