14-year-old girl Malala Yousufzai shot in head and neck by Taliban

“This is an attack to silence courage through a bullet,” Hayat said. “These are the forces who want to take us to the dark ages.” (Toronto Star)

Apparently, some people (should we even consider them human?) remain uncivilized. I don’t know about you all, but in my opinion anyone who violently targets children in the 21st century are automatically savages.

In the city of Mingora, part of the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan, 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai, a youth activist, was gunned down by a Taliban militant. Her crime? She believes that girls should be able to go to school and get an education. That seems reasonable, right people? Well, it’s reasonable if you’re civilized and have been fortunate enough to escape the dark ages. But clearly, it’s unreasonable to whoever this dude is, apparently part of the Taliban, who don’t want girls to be educated (what? You afraid they smarter than you?).

What’s especially upsetting to me is that Malala is a prominent youth activist who was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize last year, inspiring many to work towards a better future for the oppressed. Why is it that every time there is a talented, well-meaning individual with the right senses to think about the less fortunate and to have the wisdom and vision to cultivate the human spirit and lead humanity to a more progressive future, they always get gunned down? Think John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Pope John Paul II.

It takes a village to raise a child, years to cultivate oneself, decades to acquire wisdom, and one bullet from a savage idiot to block that progress. Well, unless all the world is willing to retreat back into the caves and re-enter another dark age, they’ll have to gun down a lot of people.

Let’s pray for the quick recovery of Malala Yousufzai, and God willing, that her campaigns are not in vain.

écrasez l’infâme

– Nhat A. Tran

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