week of martyrs

The week of Martyrs has popularized a culture of recognizing and remembering individuals of the past that fought for their respective causes. Moreso in the latter years the culture shift to idolizing Martyrs as heroes, puts forward a transcending dilemma:  to what extent do we remember and idolize these Martyrs when that same Martyr was the enemy of another Martyr that is also remembered and idolized by another certain group of people? This dilemma can be also deduced and deeply rooted to figuring out who the “real enemies of Afghanistan” are? But by idolizing Martyr’s that are sworn enemies of each other we are in the midst of catalyzing rifts among citizens. We now come to the fundamental question: to what extent do we idolize these Martyrs and which method of idolizing is respectful of all citizens of Afghanistan?

Another life was lost during the week of Martyrs due to this toxic culture, a few thugs took it upon themselves to not only remind us ignorance and lawlessness is still ubiquitously present. Also fortified that the enemy of the citizens of Afghanistan that are within are just as virulent as anti-government agents. The enemy within can also be more destructive because of their erraticness and the lack of oversight by the government on them, presents a more of a destructive enemy, arguably. Transposing the blame on the government for the failure of not having constant oversight, is a legitimate one but not when much of the security personnel and immense of resources are being squandered to combat the Taliban. Government cannot solve all our problems, and to over-rely on the government for security forges a security eccentric society does not create a healthy society. We are not a security state ruled by Generals such as Pakistan and Egypt, our civil government indeed have more control which therefore resonates the people must take more responsibility. A true democracy vests power in the people not the army.

The enemy of the state even if it is within and is a threat against order and peace is subject to the same regimen the nation has against the Taliban and other non-state actors that threaten to disturb the peace. Accordingly the state must act swiftly and rashly to demonstrate law and order is priority.

I believe the most non-invasive passage on remembering Martyrs from the Mujahidden that does not create a destructive society are through building schools, hospitals and other educational centres and prioritizing education more than all else to develop the country. This direction will limit incidents such as the one that occurred during the week of Martyrs, enlightenment is brought upon through education and this should be the focus. The focus should shift from a war hungry culture that these Martyrs unwillingly spread. These men fought and risked their lives because they felt they were fighting for the right cause. Whether it was right or wrong, that is not being questioned but what is being called to question is the overall objective and does it outweigh negative implications it brings forth with?  The men from the Mujahidden of which we have dedicated a week to, fought to bring peace and stability. We owe it to them to sustain it as long as we can. If we choose to not maintain peace and order and continue to reawaken old conflicts then we are devaluing their achievements and their all-out devotion that expensed their lives.

The other route is placing these Martyrs in the vanguard of our culture which will enable and further develop the already dangerous death cults that exist in our society. The youth will be the flame of the fire and we will continue to lose more sons and daughters that did not come into this world to become an army for conflicts that they hardly understand.

There must be a revamp of culture to shift from a society that has based its pillar on over-valuing post life to the point of discerning and belittling the sanctity of life. Prioritizing progression by safeguarding life in every area of society must be bestowed. If not, we will continue to wait to become casualties of our own culture that we have created. This time we have no one to blame.