Senior al-Qaeda leader Abu Yahya al-Libi has been killed in a drone strike in Pakistan. He was said to be no 2 in Al-Qaeda leadership. Wow? Nah! More like a ‘So What?’!
Abu Yahya is the umpteenth al-Qaeda leader killed. There will be more for sure. More drone strikes, more leaders killed and son and so forth! One is compelled, quite naturally, to wonder how long will this go on?
Every leader killed is stated to be a ‘major blow to Al-Qaeda’. How many major blows will it take to bring it down?
Osama bin Laden’s killing in 2011 was touted as a major step towards weakening the organization. After all, wasn’t bin Laden the evil behind it all for the last decade? Who would have thought that America with all its intelligence, resources and arm-twisting strategies would still be fighting a war against al-Qaeda more than a decade after 9/11?
Quite obviously, there is something not quite right in the strategy to eradicate the evil called Al-Qaeda?
If anything, al-Qaeda seems to have increased its network and spread out.
Despite a decade of efforts, where no resource were left un used, America seems to be trapped in a Catch-22 situation. There seems to be no end to this war. Even moving out of Afghanistan does not mean anything at least as far as their fight against terrorism is concerned. US has its forces spread out fighting the war but even the soldiers have started feeling the futility of it all. Fighting a war that has neither an end nor a scope of betterment is becoming a burden that is breaking down the very soldiers that have been fighting the terrorists. Their frustration and desperation has reached a level where more soldiers are taking their own livesthan the war against terror.
May be fighting them with guns and stealth is not the answer then?
Terrorism is an ideology so to speak. It is not a tangible thing; it’s not a man, a government, and a nation that can be finished off. Terrorism is used as a response to social grievances that a group may have against another group of people.
US need to understand that the use of force will not end this war. They have to change their weapons as well as strategies. It is time to work on eliminating the reasons that may be causing the rise of terrorism. It is the time to address the cause. The present strategy is creating a negative image of America and in fact acting as a reason of creating hate against the US. What good will making more enemies do?
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It’s like you keep creating enemies to fight, fearing they may one day run out and you’ll have to sit at home wondering what to do?