The True Audacity of Hope

The events that have taken place in Charsadda are the first of what will be many horrific testimonies to that night in Abbottabad. The people of Charsadda and Pakistan have many sleepless nights ahead of them while Barack Obama can rest easy knowing he has taken out America’s poster boy for terrorism.

I remember the moment Barack Obama became the President of the United States of America. I was working at Geo at the time on the US Election transmission and like countless other Pakistani people I dared to hope and believe things could change.

After the bomb explosion in Charsadda, which the Pakistani Taliban claims is just the beginning, I beg Obama to clarify his position on what justice has been delivered. How many lives are to be laid to rest for the supposed greater good?

The world has rejoiced – the world is still rejoicing and Pakistan is going to be digging graves for what happened in our country. My words cannot do justice to the families of the people who will die today or yesterday or the day before or the families whose children will die tomorrow all in the name of retribution and America’s global peace mission.

What peace? I mean it is almost laughable really isn’t it? Only it is not funny – it is heart breaking and to think what might happen now in the after math of Osama Bin Laden’s death is now very scary and very real. There have already been over 270 bomb explosions in 2011 in Pakistan.

People rush a man injured in twin suicide bombs attacks to a local hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan on Friday, May 13, 2011. Twin explosions struck a paramilitary training center in northwestern Pakistan on Friday, in the bloodiest attack in the country since a U.S. raid killed al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden.

We are not even half way through the year and if the Pakistani Taliban says this is the first of many then I dread to think what is going to happen to that number as Pakistan pays the price for being America’s buddy in the war on terrorism. Yes what will happen now is the billion-dollar question.

Ask the parents who are going to bury their sons in Charsadda what it really means – because the rest of us do not have a clue. Not a clue at all about what to do.

The people of Charsadda do not care that we don’t know what to do – they have much to do. Since that night in Abbottabad this has been the biggest attack and those bodies we see in the pictures are not just bodies but their loved ones. We insult the memory of their loved ones by referring to their deaths as the price Pakistan is paying for America’s actions.

Let them lay their loved ones to rest in peace away from the hum of drones and empty words. My words are not worthy but I pay my respect to the cadets who have died and give my condolences to their loved ones. The question on everyone’s lips in Charsadda tonight is this…

How many lives are to be lost before retribution for 9/11 will be delivered to the US government? Sleep well Obama – you have your justice while the citizens of Pakistan now learn the true audacity of hope.


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