Taliban claims responsibility for attempted murder of 14 year old Pakistani girl.

Yesterday the Taliban carried out a 'hit' on a 14 year old Pakistani girl who has been vocal and outspoken on the Internet and in her local community about the rights of women to seek & receive an education. She survived but is in critical condition after being wounded in the head and neck. The Taliban said her behavior is blasphemous and must not be tolerated. And that upon her recovery and release from the hospital she will be targeted again. The misogynistic attitude of extreme Islam is reprehensible but I am totally shocked at the limited protest and uproar of the Pakistani people over this incident. There was protest but in a country of 175 million the few hundred who did take to the streets of a few cities demonstrates a society that must live in fear and ignorance.

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Comment by Hank Hell on October 12, 2012 at 8:49am

And no one kills an Ambassador over this one? Where is the outrage now? perhapse if children dressed in pages ripped from the koran it would become in some way "Blasphemous" to gun them down in the street.

Comment by archaeopteryx on October 12, 2012 at 11:21am

Arrests Made in the Shooting of 14-Year-Old Pakistani Girl

Pakistan has arrested three suspects in the remote Swat Valley for the shooting of 14-year-old activist Malala Yousafzai. Police say the three men, aged 17 to 22, were involved in the attack, but that they all said the mastermind was a man Attaullah, who is still at large. Yousafzai was shot in the head on Tuesday on her way to school, in retaliation for her criticism of the Taliban.

She was nominated for several peace awards after keeping a blog for the BBC that promoted education for young girls. Her father runs the small school that she attended and has received threats from terrorists in the region for years.

Doctors removed a bullet from Yousafzai's skull yesterday, and said she was able to move her arms and legs, though she is still in critical condition. Authorities moved her to a military hospital in the town of Rawalpindi.

Comment by Ed on October 12, 2012 at 12:23pm

It seems to be some sort of inferiority complex with these "knuckledragging bastards" as Susan so aptly described them. I believe they fear their male dominated society will fall and crumble as women come to the realization that collectively they can become a force that demands equality. I hope they can muster the courage to start the 'good fight' just as U.S. women did in the early twenty century. Hopefully democratic societies around the world can offer any and all support to their cause.

Comment by archaeopteryx on October 12, 2012 at 1:04pm

But in the early 20th Century, Ed, American women didn't face death for demonstrating for the vote or equal rights - Middle-Eastern women have a steeper hill to climb.

Comment by Ed on October 12, 2012 at 1:25pm

@ archaeopteryx

This is true. Although there was surely some women who came home after a placard bearing demonstration and was rough handled by a disagreeable husband. The thing about Middle Eastern culture that troubles me the most is their absolute lack of concern for human life. That simply for the thoughts one possesses you can forfeit your existence. It boggles the mind.

Comment by Unseen on October 12, 2012 at 1:42pm

I wish it could be done to pass a law that whenever a terror group claims "responsibility" for some horrendous outrage, the press would have to say that they claimed "irresponsibility" instead. But of course that would be unconstitutional.

Comment by Doug Reardon on October 12, 2012 at 1:51pm

Only in the Muslim world is the plea: "God told me to kill them" accepted. 

Comment by archaeopteryx on October 12, 2012 at 2:12pm

Fanaticism personified.

Comment by Obfuskation on October 12, 2012 at 8:46pm

Brave (and lucky) girl.  It's good to see that this is getting the attention in the international community that it deserves.

Comment by Suzanne Olson-Hyde on October 13, 2012 at 12:55am

Women around the world did not die for the cause, but were willing to do so - a person gets pushed so far, before there is any retaliation  - but as in the Suffragette days, they were also willing to die. There will be more bloodshed by women, as the women band together, and support each other. This is what I meant in another post I made, these men are scared of loosing their power - but the light is shining on these shitheads - which will give the women and girls more strength to go through tripe, torture and even death.

@Ed Roughly handled - probably beaten.

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