There are some situations where this advice is not only wise and applicable in
the Pashtun region but right here, too. We've got our own extremists
attempting to win the battle of perception.
One of my favorite bosses in my past career was a muslim man from Pakistan. The
branding of "muslims" in certain circles is most unfair, and unjust -
particularly in light of yet another mass grave in Serbia. Brutality and
inhumanity is not unique to one region, or one religion.
As it happens, there are two excellent dramatic feature films in town portraying
the condition of women in Muslim societies (both are at the Broadway).
Presumably the Islamic culture shown is authentic, though, since neither is
Pakistani, they may not reflect Malala's world. "Wadjda," from
Saudi Arabia, follows a free-spirited girl, close to Malala's age, in her
school. (The prohibition on Saudi women driving, which was in the news last
week, is a major subplot.) "The Patience Stone," from Afghanistan, may
reflect a culture closer to Malala's. In both cases, it is clear that
women face an uphill battle against misogyny entrenched in their faith and
culture. Fortunately, they persevere. Both films offer a small glimmer of
hope.Also interesting that Malala's and Elizabeth Smart's
books both debuted on the NY Times Best Seller lists the weekend before last (at
4 and 5, respectively). The latter author demonstrating that women face numbing
oppression by religious extremists here in the US as well.Would have
been nice for Malala to have received the Nobel Prize, but I don't think
we've seen the last of her yet.
Hutterite,I hope you realize that there are "extremists" on both
sides. It's not just the blame one side problem you constantly pretend it
is. If you need examples of "extremists" on the left... just let me
know.I think we all realize just how dangerous and extremist the tea
party is by now. But should we talk about the SDS, Weather Underground, Black
Liberation Army, Republic of New Africa (RNA) and other groups in the United
States? And if we go outside the United States the list grows much larger
(Shining Path, FARC, RAF, GRAPO, DIE, etc). Google "left wing
extremism" or "New Left", if you need some history.American Marxists are known to be even more radical and extreme that Tea Party
people if you read up on them.
I don't see the Tea Party is radical at all. Those who fail to heed the
Tea Party warnings are the radicals. The Tea Party wants a prosperous America
and the tremendous increase in government intervention in our industrial
society, many more bureaucrats and red tape, a national debt said to be $20
trillion soon. $100 trillion of unfunded liabilities such as Medicare, Social
Security, Medicaid seems to mean nothing to the Democratic party. The problem
here is they did not remind us of the global jihad.
Tucket,I was kinda being factious about the Tea Party being the
left's best example of "American radicals".Many on the
left think tea party people are the worst radicals that exist now days. They
are so naive. If they would read the leftist's bible, "The Coming
Insurrection", or just research some of the REAL radical groups in
America... they would see the Tea Party people are not radicals... just
concerned citizens that want to better America through the legitimate election
process (not insurrection). Now if THAT'S "Radical"... then we
are ALL radical.Leftists like to pretend that the Tea Party people
want to start a civil war. But that's just a strawman they setup to alarm
people.In reality the Tea Party just want a better America, based on
Constitutional principles. And they see a smaller (and more responsive to the
people) federal government that can function on what it collects from citizens
(not relying on what it can borrow from our potential adversaries)... as
important.They don't want America ending up like Detroit.I know... radical huh...