America, the world’s most powerful country, was horrified by Al Qaeda on this day in the year 2001 with the 9/11 plane attacks. In just 102 minutes, 2763 people lost their lives.
When it happened in 2001, it was late night and we were watching the TV channels playing and replaying the scene of planes hitting twin towers. The question was what next? Which country would be hit next?
Millions of children born on this day across the world have also turned twenty today and it has also been twenty years since the terrorist attack.
The so called war on terror went every where from Afghanistan to Iraq but the breeding ground of terror that is Pakistan remained it’s close ally. For every candle of terror extinguished by USA, two new candles of terrors were ignited by Pakistan. The truth behind bogus military campaign was fully exposed on 26 November 2008 when Pakistani trained terrorists attacked Taj Hotel in Mumbai and one pakistani terrorist ‘Kasab’ was caught red handed. He repeatedly gave details of his home town, relatives their phone numbers as also the details of his handlers in Pakistan.
Now al-Qaeda’s official media arm as-Sahab released a 60-minute video statement of Ayman al-Zawahiri, the group’s elusive leader who was rumoured to be dead. The documentary-style video, released on Telegram, is titled ‘Jerusalem will not be Judaised’.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took over the command of al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden, was underground for a long time. So much about finishing Al Qaida.
Today we stand at same place and USA is hoping that this time the terror factory i.e. Pakistan would be able to keep vigil and would not let any rogue terrorrist to be exported to USA. Meanwhile it is free to inflict injuries to India as per policy formulated in 1947 by UK and followed by USA when it took patronage of client country Pakistan.
There is one fundamental flaw in the presumption. Armies are raised and discipline is instilled in them at a huge cost both in terms of money and manpower. Terrorist created in a crash course to reach paradise ‘Firdous’ after blowing himself up, barely knows any discipline. Their loyalty is also attached to Allah. If any one could convince the cause of Allah, it does not matter to the mujahid as to who is killed and where.
The good thing is that these terror outfit can kill only a few hundred people at the time. So people of Europe and USA have to be careful not to be unlucky.
As regards India, it is the same old battle which started in Mopilla riots about hundred years back and institutionalized in 1947. Atleast 50,000 lives are lost since 1980 alone.
All the best India. Finish off this monster if it raises its head this time. No treaty. No assurance.
In an Islamic war treaty is a retreat to reposition better. It means nothing. So does the treaty of USA with Taliban.
“They call it reason, just to outdo the beasts in being bestial.” Goethe. My “fair” country deserves your analytical knife. But, my “pose” here is to acknowledge the “beastilness” of my own rational faculties. This is not to say that I am a “beast” but to recognize and admit how much “beastliness” I often discover in my own “reasoning,” now seeing how clearly I have used this gift/curse to ignore my own human frailty, fragility, and “awfulness.” This human malady is made worse by focusing on the ever-present “them” that always surrounds me. As the great Irish poet W.B. Yeats noted, “Though leaves are many the root is one; through all the lying days of my youth I swayed my leaves and flowers in the sun; now may I wither into the truth.” I’m doing a lot of withering these days, as is my “fair” country. I hope that our species can find the humility to let some of this “withering” take place. The alternative would be very grim.
Carry on, my friend. You offer a lot of wisdom as does the roots of all Eastern thought.
Your thought is becon of hope for world. America is the world power. It is expected to be epitome of morality.