Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Friday, January 19th, 2018

Between Hope and Fear

Two days ago, newspapers, websites and other forms of press and media outlets published obituary of Osama Bin Laden, the top terrorist and the leader of Al-Qaeda, the international terrorist network. Over the last two days, there have been jubilations in the capitals, among political circles, ordinary people and the victims of terrorist activities around the world. When Al-Qaeda-affiliated hard-line Taliban were ruling Afghanistan, it was a safe haven for Osama and other terrorists. Under the rule and auspice of the two branches of greater ideology-driven terrorist network, Afghan people, particularly women, bore brunt of atrocities, remaining deprived of their basic rights, such as right to education and other social, economic and political rights.

Ten years after the U.S.-led intervention, which led to bringing an end to cruel rule of the Taliban militants, Afghan people continue to face increasing suffering and violence caused by once-hosts of Osama Bin Laden. Afghan people did join the world's jubilation over the death of Osama Bin Laden but they still sigh for the peace and change in life to be of prosperity. Whether it will ever come to their life and country depends on the kind of game that the players in Afghan conflict and the war against terrorist choose to play after the killing of one but biggest terrorist. It will also hinge on the U.S. and NATO decision to finish their job in Afghanistan without any hasty decision. Afghanistan may not be a training center for the lunatic fringes, but it is a theater of operations for them and they do continue to butcher people with the aim to make a comeback and take over the country. But one thing must be made clear that Afghan people cannot afford to lose the opportunity they have had since late 2001 after the fall of the Taliban regime for good.

As the relations among the players may get tense or better, Afghanistan must make sure that it gets rid of the kind of militants that kill those who may disagree with utmost atrocity, and must make sure that it will not run into any permanent and irreversible chaos and disaster, which could easily happen if the current opportunity is lost.