Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Monday, September 21st, 2020

Marginalize Taliban/Omar’s Thinking Line

It has been almost two decades that Taliban line of thinking, which is inspired by broader Al-Qaeda thought, has served as a source of conflict and violence in Afghanistan and the region as a whole. This extremist line of thinking neither reflects the core and essence of Islamic teachings nor does it allow for development and prosperity of the societies.

The leader of Al-Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden, who blurred the image of Islam, which is a religion of peace and coexistence, by spreading violence and terror was killed and it is hoped his violent philosophy will also die and give its place to the, as in Obama's word, "moral force of non-violence" spearhead the peaceful youths in Arab world. But the leader of Taliban, which is regarded to be as satellite branch of Al-Qaeda network, is still alive and continues to order the fringes under his command to kill, slaughter, wound and kidnap innocent people in Afghanistan.

On Monday, May 23, 2011 it was reported that the one-eyed leader of the Taliban has been killed in Pakistan province of Balochistan. But the militants' spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid has denied the reports saying, "This is absolutely wrong. It's only propaganda and we completely deny these rumors. He is inside Afghanistan and he is busy directing military operations with his commanders."

No doubt, Afghan families who have lost their loved ones in terrorist and insurgents' attacks led by Mullah Omar almost in the last two decades will be happy to hear his death. Whether he is killed or kept alive, it is important to marginalize and kill his thinking line that claims to have the key to truth, and kills whoever refuses to subscribe to it. Afghan people have already been witnesses to the legacy of Taliban thinking: massacres of their fellow-citizens in different parts of the country, destruction of their cultural heritages, years of deprivation of education and obstruction of progress and development.

Even today Afghan people continue to beg aid from international community to build schools to educate themselves and rebuild their country but since the militants are not defeated and dismantled, Afghans see the signs of Taliban and Mullah Mohammad Omar's thinking in torched schools, bombed roads, destroyed bridges and sometimes cruelly beheaded men and women of their country. Afghanistan deserves to be home to new thinking that would attach value to human life, stimulate development and civilization and allow interaction with civilized world.