“How can We Rejoice Yesterday’s Death when We Live in Fear of Tomorrow’s?”

by Aanya F Niaz

Humility, what’s that?

They say when you rejoice a death, you lose all humanity. Some claim, when you rejoice the death of a murderer, you restore humanity. I ask: What is the difference?

The whole world is watching, with curious ears and nervous eyes, the American celebration of Osama Bin Laden’s death. It is a moment of glory, of justice of ratification, claim some Americans. Or is it? Most News channels in Pakistan are bustling with reactions, commentaries and interviews. Most Pakistani’s are shifting positions, uncomfortably in their couches, as they sit before their televisions and terror envelopes their minds. The War is Not over, America. It has simply taken another turn, for the worst.

Supporters of Bin Laden, the TT branch of Taliban have made it clear: They will avenge their leader’s death and their primary target? Pakistan. Whose next? USA.

Nobody is asking for the mourners to stop mourning, or for them not seek closure in the capture of the murderer of their loved ones. All I am stating is the significance of exposure and awareness – that rejoicing today is going to bring tremors of violence and blood shed tomorrow. That if we are to sigh with relief, then we must recognize that the world is not a safer place without Laden, in fact, it has now become an even more dangerous one. The celebratory activities carried out in front of the White House, on Ground zero and many other places are going to provoke the Terrorists to act, to spitefully avenge the revenge. If we want to go towards humanity and find solace in our world, we must make educated decisions and appropriate reactions as necessary.

What are we rejoicing today? The death of the man who killed 3000? Or the death of a man, whose search caused more than a million deaths in Afghanistan and Pakistan – and whose burial has announced panic and disorder in both nations. It is not the world who suffers at hand, or at first – it is us, the Pakistanis. We have to prepare ourselves for death, any second of any day.

Whether it’s going to a marketplace, or carrying out mundane daily activities at a grocery store, our citizens are at risk. While America rejoices the man who killed many, Pakistan fears the death of thousands more and does not even get a moment to breathe, let alone mourn the loss of thousands that have died since the War on Terror was launched in 2001.

10 years later, with the perpetrator dead, we do not find peace or stability. Instead, we, the Pakistani’s are compelled to dig wells and holes, to hide beneath the Earth and exist in darkness. We cannot rejoice the death of Bin Laden – instead, we live in fear of tomorrow’s death.