I am so thankful to have been born and raised in the U.S. A. In this country it is easy for a woman to receive an education. We enjoy freedoms that many in other countries only dream about. How many of us take our education and freedom for granted?
In the city of Mingora, Pakistan, a Taliban member walked up to a group of children who were waiting for a bus and shot two teenage girls. He was supposed to target only one of them. When he asked one of the girls to point out 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai she did. Malala denied that it was she so he shot both girls. He shot Malala once in the head and once in the neck. The doctor reports that she will live. It has been reported that the other girl is in stable condition.
Why would this Taliban gunman target a 14-year-old girl? Last year Malala was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize. Malala is an outspoken activist who promotes education for girls. Something to which the Taliban strongly objects. They spent two years destroying nearly 200 schools. Most of them were schools for girls, although, they also targeted some of the boys’ schools.
The Taliban spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, told Reuters, “She was pro-West, she was speaking against Taliban and she was calling President Obama her idol (note to Obama, you like to think that you playing nice towards them will win you points…wrong). She was young, but she was promoting Western culture….”
In case you have forgotten or just didn’t know, the Taliban are strong promoters of Islam. These guys are known to throw acid on a woman’s face if they think she was stepped out-of-line. They restrict women from going to the bazaar (same idea as our shopping malls), whip women they consider to be immoral, force men to grow beards, and behead any opponents. Oh, and in case you missed it, they also shoot little kids who just want to receive an education. How can any liberal think that you can make nice with these guys?
Yet, the liberals try.
Over 30 American anti-war activists have headed to Pakistan to protest the U.S. drone strikes. Many in the group are from Code Pink. For their bleeding heart anti-war efforts the Taliban is threatening to kill them by sending in suicide bombers.
The Punjabi Taliban issued this statement, “We ask the brave people of Waziristan not to side with the gang of Jews and Christians – otherwise their fate will be terrible.”
Code Pink wants to help these guys?
CBS correspondent, Lara Logan recently spoke at the Better Government Association as the keynote speaker and warned that the Taliban and other Islamic operatives are as strong as ever. She said, “I chose this subject because, one, I can’t stand that there is a major lie being propagated (by the American government)…The lie is that the U.S. military has tamed the Taliban.”
She also stated, “There is this narrative coming out of Washington for the last two years. It is driven in part by ‘Taliban apologists’ who claim ‘they are just the poor moderate, gentler, kinder Taliban.’ It’s such nonsense!”
Lara Logan was one of the female correspondents to be brutally and repeatedly raped and beaten while trying to report about the fall of Egypt’s Mubarek and the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood. Some could argue that a woman should not have been in such a place where that could happen. But I would argue that men who tout morality and whip and sometimes stone women for being immoral should not rape women and shoot little girls.
Logan told the audience that she has researched many documents, interviewed the top U.S. commander in Afganistan, interviewed Afghan President Hamid Karzai and a Taliban commander trained by al-Qaida. From this she has learned that the Taliban and al-Qaida are teaming up and recruiting new terrorists to kill as many of us as they can.
The Sun Times reported that she made a passionate case that our government is downplaying the strength of our enemies in Pakistan and Afghanistan as a rationale of getting us out of the longest war. Logan went on to say that people have been duped into believing that the threat of radical Islam is merely a thing of the past, saying, “You’re not listening to what the people who are fighting you say about this fight. In your arrogance, you think you write the script.”
We need a strong leader. Obama is not that leader.
I do not want our men and women to be in harm’s way either, but I also don’t want the blood that has been spilled to be in vain. I also do not want our enemies bringing the fight to our shores.
The ones that killed our ambassador and three other Americans need to be brought to justice. The rest of the world needs to know that to kill Americans is unacceptable to us, and no one can do that to an American and get away with it.
One of my favorite movie scenes is from the 1987 movie The Untouchables:
Malone: You said you wanted to get Capone. Do you really wanna get him? You see what I’m saying is, what are you prepared to do?
Ness: Anything within the law.
Malone: And *then* what are you prepared to do? If you open the can on these worms you must be prepared to go all the way. Because they’re not gonna give up the fight, until one of you is dead.
Ness: I want to get Capone! I don’t know how to do it.
Malone: You wanna know how to get Capone? They pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. *That’s* the *Chicago* way! And that’s how you get Capone. Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that? I’m offering you a deal. Do you want this deal?
Ness: I have sworn to capture this man with all legal powers at my disposal and I will do so.
Malone: Well, the Lord hates a coward.
[jabs Ness with his hand, and Ness shakes it]
Malone: Do you know what a blood oath is, Mr. Ness?
Malone: Good, ’cause you just took one.
Simply substitute Taliban for Capone and that’s how you deal with the Taliban and other radical Muslims who believe they are fighting a jihad against us “infidels”.