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She refused to remain silent

9:57 am - 10/15/2012

The October 9 shooting of 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai, a student in Mingora in the Swat District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan, shocked and outraged millions of people around the globe. The teenager became a target of a Taliban faction after speaking out in favor of education reform and women's rights. Although shot in the head, she remains alive--though continued threats on her life may force her out of the country.

In a statement, Malalai Joya--a former member of Afghanistan's parliament, known the world over as a courageous opponent of the U.S. occupation, the corrupt regime presided over by President Hamid Karzai and the Taliban and other conservative Islamist forces, whether they are battling or supporting the Afghan government--writes about the roots of this attack and the way forward for women's rights in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
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ONCE AGAIN, we see a crime against women by dark-minded and brutal fundamentalists. Malala Yousafzai was shot by Pakistani Taliban because she did not remain silent about the ongoing crimes and brutalities against women; because, despite her young age, she had the consciousness to stand for her rights and say "no" to the terrorism and misogyny of the creatures of the Stone Age.

I strongly condemn this disgraceful act of targeting an innocent 14-year-old girl. This is the real nature of Afghan and Pakistani fundamentalist Taliban. These dirty rascals pose as "manly," but this heinous crime shows how unmanly and disgusting they are to try to kill a defenseless young girl.

Malala was targeted because, in her limited capacity, she wanted to inform the world about the brutalities going on against women by extremists. She wanted to wake up the women of the rural areas of Pakistan to stand up and defend their due rights.

This was a warning for those who only understand the language of the gun. This cowardly attack on her proves that these medieval-minded groups are aware of the potential power of awakened women and are afraid that she may become a role model for many more women. So they tried to stop her in the very beginning. But it was a failed attempt because, across Pakistan and around the whole world, people are on Malala's side and they are condemning her enemies.

The world should know that the West, and in particular, the U.S. government, have nurtured, supported and armed these dirty inhuman bands for the past three decades. They should know that still in our unfortunate Afghanistan, the U.S. and NATO rely on brothers-in-creed of the Taliban--the Northern Alliance warlords such as Qanooni, Fahim, Ismael Khan, Atta Mohammad, Abdullah, Sayyaf, Mohaqiq, Khalili and others--who have made life a torture for Afghan women. They should know that Karzai's puppet regime is calling the murderer Taliban "brothers" and trying to share power with this anti-humanity band of killers.

I send my salutations to Malala Yousafzai and am sure that her great sacrifice will not be in vain. She marks the shining pages of history, while her enemies will soon go into the dustbin of history.

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poetic_pixie_13 15th-Oct-2012 04:28 pm (UTC)
The world should know that the West, and in particular, the U.S. government, have nurtured, supported and armed these dirty inhuman bands for the past three decades. They should know that still in our unfortunate Afghanistan, the U.S. and NATO rely on brothers-in-creed of the Taliban--the Northern Alliance warlords such as Qanooni, Fahim, Ismael Khan, Atta Mohammad, Abdullah, Sayyaf, Mohaqiq, Khalili and others--who have made life a torture for Afghan women. They should know that Karzai's puppet regime is calling the murderer Taliban "brothers" and trying to share power with this anti-humanity band of killers.

CAN WE PLEASE TALK ABOUT THIS?

Like, the disintegration of women's rights (and human rights in general) in Pakistan, the Middle East and, hell, all over the world, has gone to shit because the West/Murica thinks it has the right to fuck with our politics and our progress and our development. All cause us brown/black/yellow/red people dared to want to use our resources and our peoples and our strengths to help rebuild our societies and cultures and communities that were torn down by colonialism and war and abuse and death. Instead our leaders and visionaries are jailed and raped and disappeared and killed so the West can again steal our land and resources and lives and hopes, suffocating and tired we're again pushed into the dirt by colonialism masquerading as freedom.


If we don't acknowledge this we can never help women like Malala. Never help those strong, brave, fantastic people who fight against the darkness we impose on them. Maybe if we finally recognize that we have to step back and only give help when it's asked for in the way it's asked for then true change and happen. Maybe if we stop assuming we know what's best for these countries instead of the people who live there now, weighed down by complex, painful histories and realities but still moving forward, always moving forward.

Or maybe we'll again be full of righteous indignation at those savages as we send out more drones to rain down pain and death on other Malalas. But, those injuries, those deaths, they never seem to count.

Edited at 2012-10-15 04:28 pm (UTC)
the_physicist 15th-Oct-2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
...by colonialism masquerading as freedom.

yeah. -_- the west and the multinationals use all their power to keep the resources controlled to their benefit. i know a bit more about the situation in Nigera than the ones talked about here, but it's the same imperialism all over.
alryssa 15th-Oct-2012 06:13 pm (UTC)
Seriously. In Afghanistan's case in particular, the Cold War did so much damage. People think it was just a US vs Russia thing, but it fucked over so many other smaller countries in the process. The Carter administration and the Soviet Union just used these places in their power games, playing cat and mouse with puppet governments and covert aid to rebels. It's such a fucking mess. Afghanistan was almost another world entirely in the 1960's - on a par with the US in terms of infrastructure, education and access. Now? You'd never know it. This ultra-religious oppression was given life and sparked by Soviet intervention, fueled by American interests, and it won't stop or go away until we all knock it the fuck off.
angelofdeath275 16th-Oct-2012 01:23 am (UTC)
CAN WE PLEASE TALK ABOUT THIS??

but if this comes out, then all the nice white folk who go to 3rd world countries would have to acknowledge that their little projects are just a bandage on the situation (annd make things worse because all the little kids they gawk play with become attached and then that bond is servered when they leave), and ultimately a vanity project and that would make them FEEEEEL BAAAAAD

then we would have to talk about cutting military spending and NOOOOO BEAR AHMS OUR LIBERIES USAAAAAAAAAAA
the_physicist 15th-Oct-2012 05:22 pm (UTC)
Malala was targeted because, in her limited capacity, she wanted to inform the world about the brutalities going on against women by extremists. She wanted to wake up the women of the rural areas of Pakistan to stand up and defend their due rights.

i was just reading another article about her in the paper on my way home on the bus. very brave girl. she and others like her are the future for her country because she stood up for her rights through getting her voice heard. and i really hope the doctors can save her, she's in my thoughts.
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alryssa 15th-Oct-2012 06:34 pm (UTC)
This girl. She's just incredible.
likelolwhat 15th-Oct-2012 08:02 pm (UTC)
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