We read and hear of so much horrific news in the papers and on TV. It affects every one of us time to time. Sometimes there is a sense of detachment and we try to ignore it, as our minds can’t cope with the weight it has on us. I’m guilty of it, which is saying something as I am a journalist. It certainly feels strange that, proximity wise, being so far away from what happened in Pakistan in the last 24 hours, that I am so affected by it, as I imagine you are too.
I have simple and rhetoric thoughts on it, some a bit disjointed, but I hope you find it insightful, and feel free to share your own thoughts.
I do not know much about Islam. I’ve never read the Koran, and I have only met two Imams in my life; both of whom were very nice gentlemen. However, I do know that Allah, otherwise known as God, doesn’t approve of killing 141 people in a school, 132 of them children. I am also guessing most Muslims do not approve of the attacks in Pakistan, nor in Sydney, in the last 48 hours, either. The debate of whether one’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter (or defender of God, etc) is a pointless one. How do you defend God or fight for your freedom by killing school kids, or in any case of ending an innocent person’s life?
I do not particularly like Fox News, and I do doubt most information that they claim is true, but when they say that the Taliban are non-negotiable and murderous maniacs, I am now inclined to believe them for the most time in my life and agree that this very much is a fact. They are barbaric. It’s really unfortunate for the faith of Islam to have this group claiming they are Muslim. Even though I know little about Islam, it is of course foolish to think that this group represents the religion and the people who follow it, just like it’s stupid to assume that British people are represented by the National Front, even though the group claim that this is what they do.
When something like this happens, we often have a knee jerk reactions and fight violence with violence. I like to think that there is a route through peace. If there is a peaceful way to fight extremity, let’s find it. I can certainly empathise with the parents of the children who want to avenge their deaths, though. I think we all can.
I wish those who died a peaceful route to Heaven. And those who are guilty, well, only God can decide. The one I believe in certainly isn’t the same as theirs. And I pray for the loved ones of those who died to mourn in peace.