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    Re: Pakistani Taliban Shoots 14 Year Old Activist

    Quote Originally Posted by Hairytic View Post
    The interesting thing about history is, it shows how people go through the process of change. We didn't transition to change so well either. Women were not even allowed to vote until 1920, and we had to fight for that right. It isn't exactly fair to expect people to do better than we did when government and culture starts to go through a major change.
    Do better? Expecting them not to try killing 14 year old girls isn't putting higher expectations on them than we did on ourselves.
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    Re: Pakistani Taliban Shoots 14 Year Old Activist

    Quote Originally Posted by Connery View Post
    "A spokesman for the Taliban in Pakistan's Swat Valley confirmed the terror organization was behind the shooting of a 14-year-old activist Tuesday.
    Malala Yousafzai was targeted by the Taliban because she is an outspoken advocate and supporter of education for girls. She was shot in the head on her way home from school in the main city of Mingora.


    According to one source inside the Pakistani Taliban, the terrorist organization felt threatened by the young girl because of her pro-west sentiments and promotion of Western cultures, her outspokenness against the Taliban and her love for U.S. President Barack Obama.


    Although the brutal attempted murder of such a young girl was met with outrage among many Pakistanis, a spokesman for the Taliban said they would target the girl again if she survived the shot to the head."

    Pakistani Taliban Shoots 14 Year Old Activist - Global Agenda - News - Israel National News

    As long as there are courageous people like this girl there is hope that someday people will experience those freedoms that many of us enjoy as a way of life. Life among the Taliban is a living hell.
    I saw a pic this morning, and it made me sick. And angry. Of course, children, particularly girls, are expendable in this primitive tribal culture, so shooting a 14-year old isn't really a surprise. I'm sure the shooter is very proud of himself, actually.

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    Re: Pakistani Taliban Shoots 14 Year Old Activist

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Do better? Expecting them not to try killing 14 year old girls isn't putting higher expectations on them than we did on ourselves.
    I never said it was ok that they killed this girl. I was responding to somthing said about how the people are not showing a desire to change. It is horrible what is happening there. But, if you look at or history we have many atrosities along our path of securing equal rights for all. Off the top of my head, I recall a church bombing in Birmingham Alabama where four young girls were killed.

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    Re: Pakistani Taliban Shoots 14 Year Old Activist

    Quote Originally Posted by Hairytic View Post
    I never said it was ok that they killed this girl. I was responding to somthing said about how the people are not showing a desire to change. It is horrible what is happening there. But, if you look at or history we have many atrosities along our path of securing equal rights for all. Off the top of my head, I recall a church bombing in Birmingham Alabama where four young girls were killed.
    Were the targets specifically children? Look, your post was either poorly phrased or poorly constructed. We have all the justification in the world for expecting that people of any cultural not willfully and intentionally slaughter children.
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    Re: Pakistani Taliban Shoots 14 Year Old Activist

    Quote Originally Posted by Connery View Post
    "A spokesman for the Taliban in Pakistan's Swat Valley confirmed the terror organization was behind the shooting of a 14-year-old activist Tuesday.
    Malala Yousafzai was targeted by the Taliban because she is an outspoken advocate and supporter of education for girls. She was shot in the head on her way home from school in the main city of Mingora.


    According to one source inside the Pakistani Taliban, the terrorist organization felt threatened by the young girl because of her pro-west sentiments and promotion of Western cultures, her outspokenness against the Taliban and her love for U.S. President Barack Obama.


    Although the brutal attempted murder of such a young girl was met with outrage among many Pakistanis, a spokesman for the Taliban said they would target the girl again if she survived the shot to the head."

    Pakistani Taliban Shoots 14 Year Old Activist - Global Agenda - News - Israel National News

    As long as there are courageous people like this girl there is hope that someday people will experience those freedoms that many of us enjoy as a way of life. Life among the Taliban is a living hell.
    I don't know how our government can even consider these people worthy of any kind of recognition on the world stage. When will we speak up for the people persecuted by the Taliban. "Peace Partner" indeed.
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    Re: Pakistani Taliban Shoots 14 Year Old Activist

    Quote Originally Posted by Hairytic View Post
    The interesting thing about history is, it shows how people go through the process of change. We didn't transition to change so well either. Women were not even allowed to vote until 1920, and we had to fight for that right. It isn't exactly fair to expect people to do better than we did when government and culture starts to go through a major change.
    Or you could say something even remotely progressive instead of indulging in these specious equivalencies aimed at defending these horrific practices.

    It's your call.
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    Re: Pakistani Taliban Shoots 14 Year Old Activist

    Quote Originally Posted by Middleground View Post
    -- RIP Malala.
    Thankfully the girl survived the brutal attack however there are reports she has worsened and could need to be flown out for treatment.

    Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head on her way home from school in Mingora, the main town in the Swat Valley.

    The president and prime minister have led condemnation of the attack.

    Initial reports suggested she was out of danger, but there is growing concern over her condition with some reports saying she may need treatment abroad.

    A Pakistani Taliban spokesman told the BBC they carried out the attack.

    Ehsanullah Ehsan told BBC Urdu that they attacked her because she was anti-Taliban and secular, adding that she would not be spared.

    Malala Yousafzai came to public attention in 2009 by writing a diary for BBC Urdu about life under Taliban militants who had taken control of the valley. Link

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    Re: Pakistani Taliban Shoots 14 Year Old Activist

    Quote Originally Posted by nota bene View Post
    I saw a pic this morning, and it made me sick. And angry. Of course, children, particularly girls, are expendable in this primitive tribal culture, so shooting a 14-year old isn't really a surprise. I'm sure the shooter is very proud of himself, actually.
    I agree and it underscores how little life itself is valued by these people.

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    Re: Pakistani Taliban Shoots 14 Year Old Activist

    The prime evil philosophy and doctrine of extremist Islam , here with the Taliban, are once again brutally demonstrated for the world to judge, and surely the judgement must be one of utter condemnation.

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    Re: Pakistani Taliban Shoots 14 Year Old Activist

    Quote Originally Posted by tessaesque View Post
    Were the targets specifically children? Look, your post was either poorly phrased or poorly constructed. We have all the justification in the world for expecting that people of any cultural not willfully and intentionally slaughter children.
    The bomb in Birmingham blew up when children were starting to come to Sunday school. The timing would indicate that children were being targeted. My point has nothing to do with excusing anyone for these horrible actions. What I am saying is, we can't expect the Middle East to do a better job than we did when our country went through the same changes their country is going through. It took us well over 200 years to have equal rights. Some people are expecting the Arab Spring to improve everyone's lives in the Middle East over night. That is an unrealistic expectation.

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