The Taliban are destroying one school after another in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The New York Times posted among many this heartbreaking video about the destroyed schools in Swat, Pakistan.
Like them or not, the Taliban are smart. They have a vision for what their future should be. They know the importance of schools more than many governments in the world. They know how a school can shape the future of a society and the next generation. Unlike many governments, they know that future is a synonymous word for schools. That is why they are persistent in their satanic mission to destroy schools. They know that educating young Pakistanis and Afghans means the end of their future and existence.
When asked during a TV interview in Europe what will happen to Al-Qaeda when Osama Bin Laden is killed, Robert Fisk answered “It is irrelevant.” And I think Americans knew this fact very, very late. Al-Qaeda and Taliban are not a one man show. Eliminating Al-Qaeda and Taliban is not enough to get rid of the twisted mentality of killing others. Rather, both Muslims and non-Muslims’ first enemy is illiteracy. To build a brighter, peaceful future for the next generation we need to build a better education system.
If we want our children to feel safe, we should ask our governments to build schools in Iraq, Pakistan, and Afghanistan and not support them in sending more troops. When you kill a man you create a family of enemy. When you teach a child you build a future.