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.