For past 1400 years there is one thing that Islamic researchers are performing diligently. It is renaming old concepts and groups with new decipherable Arabic or Persian words. Taliban is one such word. The invaders of India were Chugtai Turks but some how they were called Mughals. A fancy name indeed. Taliban has been created in 1990 to take over Afghanistan. For those who want to look into history, ‘live’ this is an opportunity to look how it felt when Mughals were invading Central India.
Taliban represent the same Islam which was brought to India by Babur or his descendants. They settled in an area near present day Delhi, then a small hamlet known as Dilli. The Mughal would import their horses and warriors from Mughalistan i.e. today’s central Asia. Today’s Taliban has same arrangement with Pakistan. America acts as the supreme Caliph.
Like many Americans, 9/11 is a day I won’t forget. I was 33, living in West Los Angeles, trapped in an abusive relationship and too underpaid by RAND to move out on my own. As had become my habit, I was sleeping on the futon with my dog, Ms Oppenheimer. As I was waking up, I saw the news coverage of the first tower falling. I thought it was a movie. Like many Americans, the trajectory of my life changed for both the good and the bad.
Prior to 9/11, I was a research associate at RAND. I had fled the University of Chicago’s toxic environment and was trying to recover from the myriad traumas I had experienced there while also trying to finish my PhD in South Asian languages and civilisations remotely. Before 9/11, I worked on numerous projects for the Office of the Secretary of Defence, among other…
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.
America started its journey as a colony of British and declared independence. It’s forefathers refused to make it an ideological state and therefore the constitution of USA created complete separation between church and state.
The transition of America from being a colony to an independent nation could not have been smooth without help from France which included financial loans.
However when France needed USA’s help it chose to be neutral in the war between France and UK. Again a sign of not falling for ideology.