Taliban shoot 14-year-old Pakistani peace campaigner
I read this article this morning and I’m still at a loss for words. What kind of people would send assassins to kill a 14 year old schoolgirl? What would make a group of people so afraid of this child that they would attempt to kill her and any other schoolchildren that happened to be in the way?
Taliban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan said his group was behind the shooting.
“She was pro-West, she was speaking against Taliban and she was calling President Obama her ideal leader,” Ehsan said by telephone from an undisclosed location.
“She was young but she was promoting Western culture in Pashtun areas,” he said, referring the main ethnic group in northwest Pakistan and southern and eastern Afghanistan. Most members of the Taliban come from conservative Pashtun tribes.
So . . . she and two other young girls were shot, Yousufzai critically wounded, for simply stating/blogging her opinion that the Taliban is an oppressive regime, something we have a constitutional right to do, and yet we continue to send billions of dollars to Pakistan in aid and support.
This is why Americans should never take the 1st Amendment for granted and when it is said to be “conditional”, we should immediately question why and by who. We should question our government closely on who/what our tax dollars support, and it is also why there will never be peace in the middle east, regardless of how much money and aid we send them, or how many American soldiers die over there.