October 9, 2012

Malala Yusufzai, you will not die

There is a movie called V for Vendetta. I watched it maybe 5 or 6 years ago. I still remember it. I remember it for one sentence.

Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mark there is an idea, Mr Creedy; and ideas are bulletproof.

Today the Taliban tried to murder a 14 year old unarmed girl, riding on a bus going home from school. Talk about being ballsy, Taliban. Yeah, I couldn't figure out what to call them either. Every expletive out there seems inadequate. And then there was the cherry on top of the cake. They didn't seem ashamed or abashed. They proudly claimed responsibility. And then they said they would try to kill her again if she survived this attack.

Malala Yusufzai
Malala Yusufzai is a 14 year old girl who got a peace prize from Prime Minister Yusuf Gilani in 2011. I had the good fortune of meeting her in 2009. She was probably 12 years old at that time. She was famous back then because she had maintained a diary for the BBC chronicling the horrors of Taliban rule in Swat Valley. She was also famous because New York Times reporter Adam Ellick had shot a video about her dad and her called Class Dismissed. She had been on TV as a defender of girls' right to education. Today she had to pay for that right with an attempt on her life.

The Taliban mindset has time and again proven that it is so corrupt and so outdated, that it has no right to even exist.They can't find like men. They fight like cowards. Today they attacked a 14 year old. Tomorrow they'll come after babies.

Malala Yusufzai is not pro-western or a western agent. She is a Pakistani who stood up for her right to education. She took two bullets for that cause. So far every report says she's out of danger. But for the cowards who fight like scared vile dogs, Malala Yusufzai is not a person. She is an idea. And ideas you coward dogs, are bulletproof.