I can’t believe what I’m hearing. Our defense minister now thinks that “You have to neutralize terrorists with terrorists”! This is a shocking statement from someone who clearly has no idea what India stands for, and whose concepts of right and wrong are seriously messed up. This statement is an outright betrayal of the very spirit of India, and here’s why.
Terrorists Explicitly Target Innocents
A terrorist’s modus operandi – as opposed to a soldier’s – is to seek out and instill terror in the minds of people who have no connection whatsoever to their supposed “grievances”. They do this by randomly targeting civilians going about their daily lives, and who are completely unaware of the danger threatening them.
This is a line that we simply cannot cross. I don’t care how much you’ve been hurt or what your cause is. You do not deliberately kill innocent people. Period. One can talk about how this is war, and how it involves collateral damage and whatnot, but that is not the focus of terrorism. Terrorists actively locate and murder innocents to create as much of chaos as possible. This has nothing to do with war. It has nothing to do with “intelligence” and counter terrorist operations. In terrorism, individuals are not “collateral damage”, but the primary target.
Sorry Mr. Parrikar – but with statements like this, you have no business being an official representative of this country. As a citizen of India, I have no interest in being part of a country that wantonly singles out civilians as part of some misplaced “tough on terror” stand.
In terrorism, individuals are not “collateral damage”, but the primary target.
If you want to go after terrorists, fine. If you want to launch a war against a country’s army, fine. But you cannot focus your attacks on civilians. Mind you – a terrorist is someone whose single minded intent is to murder as many civilians as possible. Ask yourself – is that what we want to become as a country?
Have we sunk so low that we elect a defense minister who wants to focus his attacks and resources on robbing civilians of their life even when they’re going about their business peacefully? Or is he so blinded by hate that he now thinks that everyone in a country is fair game?
I think that might be it. Parrikar probably feels that every single person in Pakistan is a terrorist and is fair game. Including children, farmers, accountants, and housewives. Maybe in his eyes, all of them are responsible for Pakistan sending terrorists into India, and therefore deserve to be wiped out. If not, how can he spout such nonsense? And how is he tolerated by his own party? What is even more shocking is the number of people supporting this kind of crazy talk. I’ve seen hundreds of comments from Indians proudly supporting his remarks.
As if killing civilians is something to be proud of. It’s not. It’s disgusting, criminal, and no right thinking person should have anything to do with it.