It is sad that a foreigner touring Pakistan has come to this valuable conclusion that terrorism needs to be defeated with the all important tool of education and not guns. The powerful blast that took the life of twenty-one people injured at least 56 in Mardan proves that the threat of terrorism is far from over. The attack was claimed by Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) splinter group Jamaatul Ahrar, which was also behind last year’s deadly blast at Wagah Border. Guns can only go as far, and beyond that there is no hope.

“Osama is not a product of Pakistan or Afghanistan. He is a creation of America. Thanks to America, Osama is in every home. As a military man, I know you can never fight and win against someone who can shoot at you once and then run off and hide while you have to remain eternally on guard. You have to attack the source of your enemy’s strength. In America’s case, that’s not Osama or Saddam or anyone else. The enemy is ignorance. That only way to defeat it is to build relationships with these people, to draw them into the modern world with education and business. Otherwise the fight will go on forever.”

―Greg Mortenson, Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission

to Promote Peace ... One School at a Time.