A Message From An American to Pakistanis

Apr 23rd, 2013 | By | Category: Latest, Pakistan, World
MicahMicah Daigle, an American citizen from San Francisco, posted on Facebook after Boston Bombings.
“On Friday at 7:05pm Eastern Time, Boston Police received a report that suspected terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was hiding in a boat in Watertown.At 7:15pm, the low buzz of a drone was heard overheard. Seconds later, an enormous explosion engulfed the area, destroying the boat and several nearby homes. Sources say 46 Watertown residents were killed in the missile strike, including 12 children….Of course, that’s not what happened. But if it did, wouldn’t we find it unconscionable?

If so, then why are Americans okay with our government doing this to people in other countries?

In Pakistan alone, the U.S. government has killed more than 3,000 people with drone strikes… and only 1 out of 50 were suspected terrorists. The rest were bystanders, rescue workers, and children.

Let’s stop this madness now.

One people. One planet. ♥”

The love and empathy that came with this powerful post flooded Micah’s facebook account with thousands of messages, followers and friend request as it went viral in Pakistan. Gratitude, love and respect for Micah from Pakistanis was all over his wall. Today his facebook wall says something that builds bridges across two nations. I couldn’t help sharing it.
“It’s been an amazing 24 hours. To my new Pakistani friends:
For years, I’ve only been able to imagine how it must feel to live under skies pregnant with hellfire missiles. But in the last day, I’ve had the honor of talking with hundreds of you and hearing your stories. Though I feel a bit undeserving of all the attention and praise, that hasn’t stopped me from scooping up as much knowledge as I can before this little bubble of Internet magic pops.Though the results aren’t surprising, this is what I’ve learned.
1. The vast majority of you are decent, reasonable, good-hearted human beings. There are certainly people who are violent and power-hungry in your country, but most of you just want to lead fulfilling, loved-filled lives. Just like many of us.
2. You are tired of living under the constant threat of violence. You’ve grown a resilience that comes from living in such a place, but there’s also a deep weariness. You just want it to stop. You don’t want to have to worry about being bombed at any moment. Just like many of us.3. You don’t support terrorists, but you can understand why some people become terrorists. You see that our bombings only fan the flames of hatred, by taking the lives of innocents, and creating a desire for revenge within their loved ones. You know that for every terrorist we kill, we create several more ready to take their place. And you are able to understand this terrible cycle without defending or excusing those who commit acts of terror. Just like many of us.

4. You are forgiving and understanding of Americans even though our government bombs you. You have your own corrupt government that doesn’t represent your interests, which allows you to see why a nation of good people can do horrible things. You can separate people from the system they are embedded in. Just like many of us.

5. Many of you think of yourselves as Global Citizens first and Pakistanis second. You can see that you share more in common with reasonable people in other countries than with the extremists in your own. So many of you have have shifted from a mindset dominated by Me into a mindset dominated by We. Just like many of us.

6. But that doesn’t mean you aren’t proud to be Pakistani! I can’t count the number of generous offers I’ve received to be hosted and fed if I come to your country. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, you are an incredibly hospitable people. You’re proud of your land, your food, your culture. Just like many of us.

7. You’re human, and you’re deserving of love.

Just like ALL of us.

♥”

Say no to war, say no to killings, say yes to love, peace and harmony. Live and let live!
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Aisha Aijaz

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Aisha Aijaz is a medical doctor, a student of History, a photographer and a dreamer who longs for a kind and tolerant world. She loves Urdu poetry.

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  1. Wonderful article!

  2. My dear Micah,

    I am also one of those “proud Pakistanis” who wants to live and die in my beloved country for which my elders have got after enormous sacrifices! Yes I accept that we have our own “domestic issues” but those can be resolved by the “residents on their own” The only thing which worries us the “external issues” fronts & wars in which we are being forced to fight for others! And we are paying the price by sacrificing thousands of our soldiers & civilians! If America & other allies leave us on our own, we can resolve our domestic issues. As we have by the grace of almighty everything that only few nations in this world have! We have enormous human resource of 180 million “hardworking” people! We have 4th biggest gold & copper reserves! We have 3rd biggest coal reserves! We have a huge amount of water reserves, 2nd highest peak in the world, one of the largest armies of the world, we have huge land of fertile area, we have, sea, land, deserts, mountains, all seasons, every kind of fruit, we have everything, yes we do lack in “political will” and that can only flourish once we are left with “our own”!

    My friend let me tell you frankly that we are NOT prejudice people, we are NOT against any nation in the world, we know everywhere people are “same” all human beings, our religion as well teaches us to respect every other religion, every person, even animals, plants etc and advises us to “get ourselves educated and become a civilized citizens” so how can we all be taken as “terrorists”???

    My dear please let other American fellows know this and please spread this message of peace to everyone so that your government also realises that what they are doing to you people and spending your hard earned monies (billion of dollars) which you pay in taxes is being thrown on us in the form of “drone attacks & missiles” killing thousands of innocent people!

    With profound love & respect

    ear

  3. My dear Micah,

    I am also one of those “Proud Pakistanis” I accpt that we have “domestic issues” but thse can be taken care of” The only thing which worr us the “ext threats” / wars we are forced to fight for oths! And we are payin the price by sacrif thous of our sold & civil! If USA & its allies leave us on our own, we can res our dom issues. We are NOT prejudice people, we are NOT against any nation / releg Please spread this message of peace to all so that your govts also realise that what harm they are doing by spnding your hard earnd monies (bill of dollr) which you pay in taxes is being thrown on us in the form of “drone attacks” killing thou of inn pep!

    With profound love & respect

  4. Thank you very much for sharing your feeling with us. I salute your frankness.

  5. […] anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. I suppose I wrote my prior post out of anger, at the hypocrisy of the depression over loss of life in the US due to a bombing, when the US taxpayer supports […]

  6. it is true …..u cant tell anything about anyone while sitting hundreds of miles away …all u`ll learn is what u`ii be told one of my aunt is in america she was treated rudly by an american..just because she is pakistani……WHY? WE are one facing troubles n death n fear still WE are thought to be terrorist n ugly people….does`nt world has any instrument to judge the truth just once u come here n u`ll realize how much beauty,love,faith,respect,family reunion n friendship is here!………..n it is fact that good n n bad people are everywhere .Whatever the issues with govt. all u recieve will be friendship n honor because v are peace loving nation
    respectfully from AN ORDINARY PAKISTANI!

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