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Pakistan's Own 9\11: Malala Yousafzai
Sometimes, a seemingly minor event, galvanize a nation. Pakistan's girl, Malala Yousafzai, 14, who went up against the Taliban for the right to an education, seems to have finally made Pakistan a victim of its own terrorists in the Swat area. This was an area the Pakistani army has been reluctant and only somewhat successful in attacking. It is a Taliban haven.
Malala is now holding onto life. The Taliban targeted her for her outspoken position that girls should get an education and only scum like the Taliban would try to kill her, to silence her message that resonates loudly in Pakistan and now, the world. I have always hated the Taliban for numerous reasons, but how they treat women and girls simply enrages me.
Pakistan has finally been hit. Hit in the heart at all levels of outrage regarding the attempted murder of a girl trying to go to school. Over 20,000 demonstrated chanting hatred slogans towards the terrorists they have been harboring in the Swat area. Public sentiment is now at an all-time high against the Taliban, maybe now, the Pakistani army will finally be ruthless with them. Maybe now, they will allow American troops to cross across the border to destroy them. But the group's hold over the region instilled fear in the population and made it dangerous for young girls to get an education. The Taliban burned down hundreds of schools for girls and threatened teachers and female students. Pakistan has offered $100,000 leading to the arrest of the attackers.
Sadly, the Taliban continue to state that if she survives, they will try to kill her again. Malala has been flown to treatment centers outside of Pakistan while millions prayer for her recovery.