Today I checked my daily email from FT and came across the shooting that occurred in a Pakistani school where 141 people – including 132 children – were killed by Taliban terrorists.
I feel devastated by this. To imagine that these kids left home today after praying for success in their exams, and being wished well for it by their families and then through unseen turn of events being killed senselessly by terrorists for no apparent reason is heartbreaking to say the least. It is hard to imagine that there is any reasonable cause for such an action. If these actions were committed in the name of religion, then I would struggle to believe that any religion permits or looks favorably on the murder of innocents. Political motives make no sense when it comes to the mass murder of children who weren’t even yet of voting age. This was incomprehensible in every way.
I cannot imagine the loss and the pain being experienced by the families that lost near and dear ones. I can’t put myself in their shoes – to do so would mean imagining this happening to me. And I don’t know what I would do if something like this happened to my children or loved ones.
Pakistan – and the world at large – need to now go about mourning this event and picking themselves up from this tragedy – no matter how hard that may seem. And then they need to pursue these terrorists to the ends of the earth and purge them. This will, I am certain, provide no solace to those that have suffered loss – but will hopefully prevent more of such insane acts in the future.
You may fall on the pacifist side of this argument, and quote that an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind. I would urge you to really put yourself in the place of the parents that lost children – imagine for a moment if this were your only child. Would you still say that it is OK to not pursue the organization that perpetrated this crime and eliminate them? Not because it would fill the hole where your heart used to be – but to prevent a hole in another parent’s heart. What argument would you have if such a heinous crime were to recur – but only because swift and lethal action were deferred in lieu of humane treatment of the animals that inflicted this horror? What if the next time, it were one of your own?
No one deserves the pain these families are going through. And those children did not deserve to die. The people behind the act, however, surely do.
Today I am heartbroken. My – and indeed the world’s – thoughts and prayers are with the families of those departed.