We have another despicable crime committed by fanatics in the name of religion. Malala Yousufzai, 14, is an incredibly brave girl who wrote about the atrocities against women and girls under Taliban rule — writing about conditions and crimes in the area. She was honored internationally for her advocacy. A Taliban gunman walked on to her bus as it was leaving her school and asked for her by name. Another girl pointed her out but Malala denied being the girl so the gunman shot both girls in the name of Allah.
Malala was shot in the head and neck but amazingly survived as did the other girl. The Taliban expressed nothing but pride over the crime. Calling her writings “obscenity,” Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan proclaimed “this was a new chapter of obscenity, and we have to finish this chapter. We have carried out this attack.” It truly shows how warped some can become in their twisted view of faith. Here is an organization proudly proclaiming that they shot two little girls as a morally correct act.
Malala and her family had long been threatened by the Taliban ever since she started writing her blog — initially under a pseudonym for the BBC. She went public when the Taliban was pushed out of the Swat Valley. Her writings have a particularly prophetic quality now:
I was getting ready for school and about to wear my uniform when I remembered that our principal had told us not to wear uniforms – and come to school wearing normal clothes instead. So I decided to wear my favourite pink dress. Other girls in school were also wearing colourful dresses and the school presented a homely look.
Swat has been a centre of militant activity
My friend came to me and said, ‘for God’s sake, answer me honestly, is our school going to be attacked by the Taleban?’ During the morning assembly we were told not to wear colourful clothes as the Taleban would object to it.
During their time in the valley, the Taliban burned down schools and abused any girls who wanted to be educated.
While this atrocity was being investigated, the Pakistani court system was dealing with a case where seven girls were traded in barter to settle a feud in a tribal area. The trade was ordered by the local tribal council.
These are the same true believers that our ally Hamid Karzai says that he wished he had joined rather than work with the United States.