Taliban’s Revenge Taints Islam

By Xiomara Heron ‘16

Most of the world mourned with Pakistan after the eight-hour siege of a school in the northwestern city of Peshawar claimed the lives of 132 children and nine school staff members on December 16, 2014.

“I was disgusted by the news on the attack,” said Ashahyah Lettman ‘16. “I don’t know why anyone would do that.”

According to CNN broadcast, the attack was carried out by the Taliban who were seeking revenge for the deaths of other Taliban fighters and their families who were killed by Pakistan’s army in North Waziristan. The attack was aimed at the Army Public Schools and Colleges System where children of the Pakistani army attend.

This is by far one of the most cowardly attacks by the Taliban that shocked the nation and outraged millions of people across the world. For many years, extremists believed that terror attacks such as these will strike fear into the heart of the public, making the government give into their demands, but this is not the case. According to an interview by CNN in their article on Tuesday December 16, 2014: Taliban School Attack: What Do the Militants Want?

“If the intent was to get the Pakistani military or the Pakistani government to back down, that is just not going to happen,” said CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen.

Instead of the fear the Taliban wanted to inflict, the shooting brought more unity in Pakistan against them. The extremists, whose identities weren’t released, were killed by the Pakistani army and Pakistan has already made arrests.

“I believe that the people involved should be put to death for their crime,” said Bryanna Smith ’16.

Pakistan lifted its ban on the death penalty for people convicted of terrorism, and 6 people who were involved in the plan of the school carnage were hanged.

The Taliban’s main goals are to overthrow the Pakistani government, end the western-education of women and children, enforce Sharia law in Pakistan back in affect, and to get rid of government activity in tribal areas.

No one knows how to mend the personal affront made by the Taliban’s against the government and the Pakistani army. The only thing that the Taliban should do is surrender because the government is not going to back down against them until terrorism as a whole is rooted out of the country.

In 2012, activist Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by Taliban militants for pursuing her education, but she survived. Her strength is the perfect example of the strength and perseverance of the Pakistani people as a whole. She was recently awarded a Nobel Peace prize for her accomplishments.

The quote “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth,” comes from Hammurabi’s code of laws that was basically a justifier of revenge. The Taliban wanted revenge on the army for killing members of their family, so they killed the family of the Pakistani army in return. Even though revenge quenches the thirst of one in pain, it is not the answer. In all of the Taliban’s efforts for revenge the people they lost are not going to be revived by the death of another. The deaths of their family members are not avenged because they did not target the people who were directly responsible, they killed innocent children.

Terror attacks such as these will not help the Taliban’s achieve their goals. The Pakistani government will never give into the demands of the extremist according to an announcement made by Pakistan’s president that was shown on a CNN article on Tuesday December 16, 2014: Taliban School Attack: What Do the Militants Want? They only accomplished the complete opposite of their goal which is to give the government more power and backing from the citizens and other countries.

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