Most terrorist organisations rely on propaganda to divide masses, and convolute issues which demand clarity as a prerequisite for progress. The psychological aspect of a war or an insurgency cannot be undermined, at least not without facing serious consequences. Unlike the state, the TTP has learned from its experiences. Every contest between the TTP and the armed forces of Pakistan has resulted in the latter emerging decisively victorious. This imbalance of power has compelled the terrorists to look beyond their guns for strength, and they have successfully discovered it; in us.
The TTP is heavily reliant on inaction from the state in order to achieve its targets, both short-term and long-term. It certainly doesn’t help when the state appears eager to accommodate and appease a self-declared anti-state element. Where once people saw the mighty state reign supreme, high above anyone’s reach, they now see the ultimate challenger…
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy…. –ML King “Beyond Vietnam”
“In politics, nothing happens by accident.”—FDR
“Dictatorships breed oppression, dictatorships breed servility, dictatorships breed cruelty; more loathsome still is the fact that they breed idiocy. Bellboys babbling orders, portraits of caudillos, prearranged cheers or insults, walls covered with names, unanimous ceremonies, mere discipline usurping the place of clear thinking… Fighting these sad monotonies is one of the duties of a writer…”——Jorge Luis Borges, Argentine Writer, 1899-1986