Can Malala Bring Down the Taliban?
October 16, 2012
"I have the right of education. I have the right to play. I have the right to sing. I have the right to talk. I have the right to go to market. I have the right to speak up."
These are the words of 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai, whose defiance of the Taliban warranted a brutal gunshot into her face and neck, but has done what political leaders, nations and armies could not: galvanized the world against the Taliban. While the Pakistani Taliban may have been too scared of her to allow her to go on living, her actions may have finally stirred the government to take seriously the terrorist groups' threat against its people. "This has created a very bad feeling for the Taliban," said Saleem Khan, a Pakistani executive. While Raza Rumi, a director at Pakistan's Jinnah Institute, said that, "There is a groundswell of sympathy for her and also a very strong demand for the Pakistani state to do something about this issue." As thousands worldwide join in support of Malala, her condition continue to improve steadily in the British hospital to which she's been flown for expert treatment and safety ...