They say it’s a never ending war , that war has never been the solution. I want to agree , I want this madness to stop. The Taliban madness that makes all our daily life miseries seem ‘dim’. Everyday the headlines fill up with stories of war. Accentuating the brilliance of the military offensive and celebrating the deaths of more and more militants. The truth sinks somewhere behind all the military wish-wash , a truth that needs to be told and accepted. With every blow we hurl their way they come back with a stronger force. These people’ we call as ‘Taliban’ or ‘militants’ are deeply rooted within our society. We loathe them for their ‘extremism’ and vow to wipe them off , but can we uproot an ideology with weapons?.
No I am not against the military offensive in swat , and this isn’t about how we should ‘settle’ with the Talibs instead of the war. It isn’t. It cant be.
Its about the perplexed state of mind we all are in. Its about how we have all had enough , and how difficult its become to actually be optimistic about the future. Just about today a piece in dawn indicated the resurfacing of Sufi Muhammad in Peshawar. Makes me think if there really is a way to uproot the menace. Or will we choose to quarantine the ‘good’ Talibs and triumph on the deaths of others. Honestly I don’t even know if the news is true, but isn’t this uncertainty a pain enough ?. To be unaware of the potentialities of the enemy. Its like being hurled in battle ground heavily equipped but blindfolded.
With the war in the backdrop and a growing exodus, does the enemy not enjoy the leverage of our piling instability ?
Another piece in dawn states that There are some 35,000 pregnant women among the 3.5 million IDPs who will deliver in the next seven months. The question is are we ready to bring these children into our world of uncertainties. The children already present at the IDP camps have lost their sense to speak. They have been shut by the atrocities they were made to witnessed. The first hand victims of war now lay helplessly while the war becomes our cover story. These people have shown utmost patience. While our political leaders stood at distance and worked on peace deals, these children’s became witness to ritual beheading of their family members. We didn’t care then , we were aloof and marred by the bloodshed around our cities. Quite thankfully many of us asked for ‘Nizam-e-aqal’ and denounced any peace talk with the talib’s of barbarism.
We chose a way that ensures that every single drop of blood shed by the regime will be paid for. That the ideology will be crippled and peace will triumph.
Months in the army offensive most of us still lack faith. Its difficult to make patience while we see refugees pooling in as we watch helpless ,struggling to help. The fact is this war is a long term affair. Its not only about killing the militancy but wiping the ideology that seeps in our society at many levels. Without dismantling the mindset we will only gain a temporary victory. A not so permanent fix that will be challenged with a larger blow as the miscreants resurface form within us. We will not be victorious till we choose to fight against our own demons. This isn’t only a war about weapons , it is a war of ideologies. Only we can choose whether we will ever learn to have faith and rise above our past or chose to dwell in decades of uncertainties.