Discuss some issue of personal, local, national, or international concern and its importance to you.
An issue can be of a personal, local, national or even international concern. What if the issue is of such gravity that it not only affects you as an individual person, a community, or even a nation but spells danger, havoc and chaos for mankind and humanity itself. Imagine what if the issue under discussion is an act of sabotage equally dangerous and destructive for countries like the United States and United Kingdom as it is for comparatively poor third world countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan. Wait a second, did someone say ‘equally’ dangerous and destructive??
I indeed am referring to Terrorism, the war on terror and its impact and consequence. Everyone seems to remember the deadly and shocking events of September 11th and July 7th. These events are remembered and even today, a minute of silence is observed in condolence on these days respectively to show solidarity, grit and determination and to convey the message that such incidents are totally uncalled for and ask for decisive action to stop them. In countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan, such tragic events are so frequent and take place nearly every other day. As usually families pack their bags and go for picnics, here, terrorists pack their bombs and go bombing. It’s like as if it’s ‘the’ new way to “kill” time. As our western friends, if we start observing silence in condolence too, believe me, you would hardly see us talking. Such is the frequency of blasts we are witnessing; such is the loss we are bearing.
Such acts of terrorism mar countries like Pakistan more than they do any other nation. We’re lucky if these “terrorists” decide to take a day off and not explode someday. A commoner in this part of the world gets to listen to a bomb blast as frequently as he/she gets to listen to melodious composition by, for example, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, a legendary Pakistani artist. We,...
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