When we thought it couldn’t get any worse than a failed shoe bomb, the incompetency of terrorists proves us all wrong.
It seems that the Taliban have downgraded their prior terror of explosives, suicide bombings and ambushes of military targets to shooting unarmed young girls.
Malala Yousufzai, a truly brave young feminist, has become the victim of what can only be called a cowardly act. Usually, the use of an adjective like “cowardly” is a highly biased term; however, in this case, all but the most extreme viewpoints would consider shooting an unarmed 14-year-old girl anything but cowardly.
On top of this, they failed. She didn’t die, and is now recovering in hospital. Perhaps the Taliban needs to set its sights a little lower: killing an unarmed girl is a little too difficult for them.
Of course, this raises the question: why are the Taliban resorting to such ridiculous and atrocious behavior? The answer is that Malala Yousufzai is working to promote progress in her country while the Taliban are fighting for a return to the good old days of the Caliphate — a time when, not coincidentally, the Islamic world started to fall behind the rest of the world intellectually.
Apparently, according to the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan — the perpetrators of the attack — the young girl Malala Yousufzai provoked this attack by being pro-West and admiring Barack Obama. Both qualities, I would argue, are good things, not bad things.
First, people often confuse being “pro-West” with being “anti-East.” This is a false dichotomy. Being pro-West means being proud of the institutions that the West has provided to allow Western countries, and countries that have followed the lead of these Western countries, to become prosperous and fair. In this case, the institutions of the rule of law, sexual equality and the separation of the church (or mosque) and state seem most critical.
Second, the major reasons that the Taliban are anti-Obama, is because he is the leader of America and is working to promote human rights across the Islamic world. As the leader of America, Obama must be evil, otherwise, their conspiracy theory driven narratives would collapse like a house of cards. Needless to say, this is not a genuine reason to be anti-Obama. As for promoting human rights, this is again, an affront to the attempt to regress to the time of the Caliphate, as has already been discussed.
Unfortunately, deeper critical thinking about their own ideology is nearly impossible for members of organizations such as the Taliban, partly because the vast majority of them are illiterate and don’t have access to better information.
Further, they are not fighting to promote life in this world, but rather, the hereafter. Herein lies the largest problem. It is true that they love death more than we love life. No person who isn’t part of a death cult ideology would ever consider shooting a 14-year-old for expressing her opinion.
We can only hope that this shooting will draw attention to the barbarism of the Taliban and hopefully more Muslims will reject, rather than be inspired by, the tenets of Taliban ideology.
In short, the Taliban has not only failed to kill this young girl, but may have set in motion the death of its own organization.
If you found this interesting, check out this article I found from a slightly different perspective.