The Taliban is a terrorist organization that does not adhere to the tenets of peace and diplomacy. Their strategies include mass murder, suicide bombings, beheadings, degradation of women, and bombing schools for girls. Thus it is shocking and sad indeed that Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari has approved the agreement to let Islamic law rule in the Swat Valley according to MSNBC. This agreement trades the implementation of Islamic law for cease fire and peace from the Taliban.
The Taliban does not believe in peace or cease fire strategies. They believe in terrorism. They utilize murder to achieve power. No legitimate government should be negotiating with the Taliban. Why negotiate with Taliban terrorists who threaten the security and safety of Pakistan?
MSNBC states that “The National Assembly unanimously approved the resolution…The vote came hours after a Taliban spokesman said lawmakers opposed to the deal would be considered apostates.”
Asif Ali Zardari’s decision seems to be one made of fear. There is not any logic to making a deal with the Taliban. The Taliban will not honor the tenets of the deal. They will continue to wreak havoc in Pakistan and they will continue terrorist training camps. The Taliban will not honor a cease fire and they will not proceed peacefully.
The Swat Valley region was formerly a tourist destination; now tourism is nonexistent with the Taliban in control. It is located slightly less than 190 miles away from Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. The Taliban has been threatening to create violence in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan.
A video captured by cell phone of a young woman, Chand Bibi age 17, being flogged in public by the Taliban in the Swat Valley has evoked horror around the world. To see the video go to:
This very disturbing video shows the utter disdain of the Taliban for women. It is astonishing how the president of Pakistan could be aware of this video and yet approve laws to give power to the Taliban.
Pakistan was formed on August 14, 1947. Now the stability of this country is under siege by the Taliban and Al-Qaeda and their “jihad” movement. Many suicide bombings have occurred in mosques lately and against police officials.
This decision may have ominous implications for the region and the world at large. As the Taliban gains more power in Pakistan, it becomes easier for this group and Al-Qaeda to use terrorism to attempt control of other countries near Pakistan and also continue their campaign of terrorism against America and Israel. What are the implications for the world if Pakistan becomes a terrorist state?
Pakistan’s government should take strong action to find and capture Osama bin Laden. His presence in Pakistan seems clearly indicated by the upswing in violence by the Taliban and Al-Qaeda. President Asif Ali Zardari must help America bring Osama bin Laden to justice. He has been free for too long. Any country that knowingly shelters Osama is a country that strongly threatens world peace with their passive acceptance of terrorist tactics.
How many more innocent people will die in Pakistan and throughout the world due to the Taliban and Al-Qaeda ?