Will The Taliban Seek Revenge?

by NikitaRazzak on November 2, 2013 - 7:33pm

 

The article written in the NY Times named “Pakistani Taliban Gather to Select Successor to Leader Killed in U.S. Drone Strike” on November 2nd 2013, composed by Declan Walsh presents a certain victory for the US. Indeed, the leader of Pakistan’s most important but dangerous group, which is known as the Taliban, was Hakimullah Mehsud. He was killed by a US Drone and some say that it was a tactic to weaken this terrorist group. The US saw this as a victory, because they have been looking for this leader since this organization had killed 7 American CIA agents in 2009. It even came to a point where this man had a bounty of 5 million dollars on his head. But The Taliban is not giving up because the group is in the process of electing a new leader and it is going to be decided soon.

Many people such as, senior ministers and opposition politicians were against this attack because they believed that it was “an American effort to doom putative peace talks with the Taliban”. Those same people thought that it would be a good idea if Pakistan would “cut American military supply lines into Afghanistan in response”, which might not be the best solution, because that would provoke the United-States even more.

Also, the interior minister of Pakistan, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan had stated that the American Ambassador was asked to oppose to the drone strike but did not do anything about it. What message is this sending to the Pakistani population? The interior minister clearly states that “It is the murder of peace in this region”. Furthermore, Imran Khan who is the leader of a political party in the province of Khyber Paktunkhwa announced that his party will vote to cut the military supply lines that go through the province and in to Afghanistan. This is evidently a response to the killing of Mr. Mehsud who was on the verge of talking and was, according to some, attempting to make peace. In fact, the Pakistani government was intending on meeting with the Taliban  but cancelled after the strike had occurred. Therefore, the government was making an effort to stop terrorist acts but the United-States have made it worse by attacking, because Pakistan is now on the defensive, thus making it more difficult to obtain answers and to resolve the issue.

Before I state my opinion on this issue, I would like to clarify that I am totally against the Taliban group. They have caused a lot of unnecessary violence in the world thinking that it is the right thing to do due to their extremist religious beliefs. In my opinion, this situation is very complex because Pakistan has not always been on good terms with the United-States, especially since 9/11. First of all, I think that the United-States have committed a grave error, because they have killed the leader of one of Pakistan’s most important and dangerous groups. This could be considered as a short-term victory but I do not think that it was a good idea for the long-term security of the American population. In fact, I have the feeling that the Taliban will seek revenge and will attempt to attack the US, because the drones have created a lot of disaster in this territory. I believe that America is sending a negative message to it’s population and even the rest of the world, because it is promoting the fact that causing pain to the enemy is the answer to everything. In the end, I think that the United-States committed this act out of pure impulsivity and  there could have been a better way to settle things. Sadly, in today’s society, it has come to a point where violence is seen as the only way to get a point across and this should not be the case…

Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/03/world/asia/pakistani-taliban-gather-to...

 

Comments

For one reason or another – and I can’t really figure out why –, I’ve always been passionate by American history and politics. For that they obviously marked our generation, the events surrounding 9/11 – and the resulting American wars in the Middle East – really draw my attention over the years. That’s why I appreciated your article.

One thing is sure: I totally am with you when you denounce the Taliban group. On the other hand, I won’t support you when you claim that the US “committed a grave error” when ordering this drone strike… Nor will I contradict you. Indeed, I won’t advocate nor denounce the American decisions. It would be tricky for me, for that we’re not directly involved in the conflict.

Yet, I’ll simply mention this: it’s been said many times that “the US do not negotiate with the terrorists”. And, to be honest, what else could they do? In my very humble opinion, the Taliban are not close to join a diplomatic meeting in order to gently sign a peace treaty.

Moreover, one is not without knowing that the Taliban want to “make a show”. And the simple fact of asking “will they seek revenge?” is giving them a perfect tribute. They want to achieve terror. They want to mark people’s minds. Cameras – not bombs and firearms – are their favorite tool. What I honestly think the media should do is to stop covering their actions.

Now, it may sound utopic, but if the Taliban do not have access to a stage, it’s possible that hostility on their side may decrease, and – who knows? – eventually stop. Then, Americans could do the same – they may even be forced to, in order to keep a good reputation internationally. This suggestion may not be the best, but as far as I am concerned, it would certainly be a first step on the path down to peace…

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