We owe it to Malala to not let extremists win battle of perceptions

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  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 4:15 p.m.

    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...

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 2:15 p.m.

    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.

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 2:05 p.m.

    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.

  • Lagomorph Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 4, 2013 12:33 p.m.

    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.

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Nov. 3, 2013 1:07 p.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Nov. 3, 2013 8:39 a.m.

    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.