I am Malala

Malala Yousafzai was a fifteen year old, doing what fifteen year old teenagers do worldwide.  Go to school.  On Tuesday, October 12th, 2012, her world changed completely.

The United States has had its fill of high school students being attacked at school.  Gunmen, usually other students have a problem and everyone they encounter has to pay.  In some schools, people like teacher Victoria Soto, in Newtown, Connecticut and bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff in Decatur, GA work to save the kids.

Malala was in a different place though.  Pakistan.  In her home region, the Swat Valley, there are people who think she was committing a crime by going to school.  A crime against Islam.  She was expected to be in purdah, veiled and hidden in the family home, waiting to be married off.  How dare she go to school?  her shooter thought.

Fortunately, for Malala and the world, the gunmen wasn’t successful.  (I wonder what happens to Taliban gunmen who don’t succeed.  Do they get a second shot)?

Read the book.  This is a bright, brave young lady, wise beyond her years.  As far as religion is concerned and I will paraphrase;  we were supposed to be fighting Christians, Jews and Infidels, but we Muslims seem to be doing a good job fighting each other.

Luckily for Civil Rights Protesters fifty years ago, police chiefs like Bull Connor in Birmingham, Alabama, only used police dogs and not automatic weapons.

I am not afraid of the Taliban.  I’m American AND Jewish.  Two things they don’t like.  There I said it.


About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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