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A cry is being heard in many capitals of the globe and that is of the anti-war peace protestors. The protestors have a very convincing point to stop the killings of ordinary Muslim civilians in the war against terror- seemingly so. We see their point and to illustrate poignantly what the peace marchers say we draw a parallel between the plight of ordinary Muslims citizens who are becoming the accidental targets of American bombing; and that of the passengers on the hijacked American Airlines and united Airlines flights on that fateful day of September the 11th.
Had the F16s brought down the hijacked airliners, there would still have been some voices of "sanity" (sic) who would have questioned the propriety of shooting down the hijacked airliners.
Had time allowed it, the American Air Force would have sent up F16 fighter aircrafts to shoot down the hijacked airliners. As indeed they were about to do after the first two airliners crashed into the Twin Towers of the WTC. Had the F16s brought down the hijacked airliners, there would still have been some voices of "sanity" (sic) who would have questioned the propriety of shooting down the hijacked airliners. Many would have decried that the rash American action of sending F16s to shoot down the hijacked airliners dashed all hopes of saving the hijacked passengers by reasoning out with the hijackers. The same way as some voices are today calling for a halt to the bombing to give a chance for a political dialogue with the Jihadis!
Those who are calling for locating a Moderate Jihadis, would on the 11th of September, have called for reasoning out with the reasonable among the suicide squad of the Fidayeen Hijackers.
Those who are calling for locating a Moderate Jihadis, would on the 11th of September, have called for reasoning out with the reasonable among the suicide squad of the Fidayeen Hijackers. If the passengers of the hijacked flights had been photographed before the planes had crashed; the horror and fright writ large on faces would have been enough to wrench the heart of the hardest onlooker. The same way we today are appalled when we see the faces of hurt Muslim toddlers and shake our heads at the monstrosity of the American bombing campaign!
The case of the Peaceniks against the war
Some may call these similarities to be abominable. Others may charge us of trying to justify one horror with another. Yet some others may sermonize that two wrongs do not make a right. We want to give pre-emptive answers to all of them.
The war today was not planned by the Americans before the 11th of September. It is entirely a reaction to the events of the 11th. The war is not being carried out, culpably, since it is being undertaken to punish the guilty Al Qaeda and other Jihadis.
The similarities are abominable because viewed out of context of the larger picture both the sufferings are abominable. But here the similarity ends. The horror on the 11th of September was willfully planned and culpably and criminally executed. The war today was not planned by the Americans before the 11th of September. It is entirely a reaction to the events of the 11th. The war is not being carried out, culpably, since it is being undertaken to punish the guilty Al Qaeda and Jihadis . This is similar to the fact that while the act of the hijackers to hijack the planes was a culpable and criminal act, that of shooting down the planes with F16s would have not been a criminal act.
Separating the Ordinary Muslim children from the Al Qaeda and Jihadis thugs is as impossible as separating the passengers of the hijacked airliners from the hijackers and targeting only the hijackers with F16s
There is also no question of justifying the American campaign by saying that one horror justifies another. If those Ordinary Muslim children can be geographically separated from the Jihadis this should be done so that the kids need not suffer for the crimes of Al Qaeda or the Jihadis .
But separating the Ordinary Muslim children from the Al Qaeda and Jihadis thugs is as impossible as separating the passengers of the hijacked airliners from the hijackers and targeting only the hijackers with F16s while shooting down the hijacked planes. So there is no logistical alternative but to absorb the deplorable but unavoidable deaths of the Ordinary Muslim civilians and children. Had the hijacked airliners been brought down by the F16s, then the passengers on them would have also perished and there would have been no alternative to that!
The Muslim world is like the hijacked airliners, the Al Qaeda and Jihadis are the hijackers, the ordinary Muslims across the globe are like the passengers on the hijacked airliners and the world at large is like the Twin Towers
Today the situation is that The Muslim world is like the hijacked airliner, the Al Qaeda and Jihadis are the hijackers, the ordinary Muslims across the globe are like the passengers on the hijacked airliners and the world at large is like the Twin Towers of the WTC and the American War on Terror is like those F16s which could have flown towards the hijacked airliner to shoot it down.
Allegory apart, today, to save itself, the world has to get together to target the entire Muslim population which is trapped by Jihadis’ destructive philosophy of Islam, if it has to get the Al Qaeda and Jihadis . In this process, the innocent Ordinary Muslim civilians have to pay the price for saving the world from the Al Qaeda and Jihadis . The catch here is that those who admire the Al Qaeda and its leader Osama Bin Laden seem to infest the entire Muslim world. How many potential hijackers we have living on this planet with a population of one billion Muslims is an open question. The only thing certain is that all those who like the hijackers draw inspiration from a Manual of Terrorism have to be put out of the way. Even if it means a billion deaths, in order to save the remaining billions who inhabit the globe.
Even if a billion innocents have to die in the war against evil it is acceptable, but not a single criminal should be allowed to survive
Finally, it is not a case of two wrongs making a right. Since the effort is to punish the guilty Al Qaeda and the Jihadis . And in this effort all the guilty have to punished. In other words even if a billion innocents have to die in the war against evil it is acceptable; but not a single terrorist should be allowed to survive, since their survival would always be a danger to the existence of Human civilization.
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