Everything does pass, and we can endure and we can survive!! – Rahul Dravid
Catching the most wanted man is always a big thing. Yesterday Osama Bin Laden was tracked, killed and buried by US forces in Pakistan.
Yesterday’s strike and murder of Osama Bin Laden reminded me of Indira Gandhi’s capture of Bindranwale. Ofcourse, I wasn’t even born then. But I have read and heard about it. Beaurocrats have always identified and nurtured rowdies for many reasons. If one gives armed combat training and then arms to a person, it has to be done with discipline as is done in the army. If you just nurture a person with thoughts of jihad and/ or just the intent to kill, it is impossible for that person to put down the arms after the task is over.
Poradhadhu lendhu kollu kollu nu valathuttu, valandha apram vevesaayam pannu na, it is not possible.
The case with Bindranwale was that Madam Gandhi left him in the lurch after her tasks for him were over. She was a beaurocrat. The trouble was that he still had arms and the kola veri. All he wanted then was to take revenge on her. She signed his death statement at night, called a meeting with the chief of armed forces and gave them the go ahead. The army found, fought with and killed Bindranwale who had taken refuge inside the Golden Temple. Bindranwale was inside the Golden Temple with arms and ammunitions. Fanatics did not find this wrong. They could only see that Indira Gandhi killed a person. And they took revenge by killing her and celebrating her death.
Osama’s is a similar case. The US nurtured terrorism in the Middle East. It has provided weapons to many countries and terrorists for many decades now. It was only a matter of time before the weapons were turned on them. The schemer that Osama was, he didn’t bother bombing civilians in the US, he hit the Pentagon straight! It is very easy to see others suffering. Only when it hits you, you get to know how bad it actually is. It was only after 9/11 that US declared war on its own child – terrorism.
They have been hunting Osama since 2001. How skilled he must be to elude the most powerful country in the world for nearly a decade!! Ok, the US killed him. Where are all those people who speak about human rights? Where are all the people who were screaming after Jayalalitha did the same to Veerappan? Where are all the people who are still talking about rights for Kasab? Where are all the people who hailed Velupillai Prabhakaran as a hero?
In fact, in most cases it is the US that talks of humanitarian grounds and reasoning. Where are those people now? No news channel yesterday showed pictures of Osama’s teary eyed wife or grandchildren. Everyone was rejoicing. When it comes to Kasab and Afzal Guru though, they show pictures of their father, teary eyed interviews and want them forgiven! Why these double standards by the media?
If the US can do this for a few embassy bombings and for the destruction of only one WTC, what should India do? Scores of our soldiers are killed everyday in Siachen and in POK. And this has been happening for the past few decades now. What should we do? The US army did the right thing – killed the terrorist on the spot. They didn’t bother going through the process of feeding him biriyani. We better learn soon from the US that this is the way to treat a terrorist.
What to say of Pakistan? They denied so fervently that they did not know the whereabouts of Osama. But, look at where he stayed – down the road from the military camp! And the toothless Congress Givernment here wants to have ties with Pakistan and wants us to play cricket matches with them!
Surely, the fanatics will try for revenge against the US and especially Obama. Terrorism is the worst thing ever faced by this world. It takes a lot of nerve to stand up and fight it. Obama has shown immense character and bravery. I hope and pray that he does not become a victim to fanaticism.