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Anti-Jihad Ads Reminiscent of McCarthyism

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Have you seen the anti-jihad advertisements? What do you think?

Here’s Mike Honda’s take in The Washington Post: “Anti-jihad ads reminiscent of McCarthyism, 1950s fear mongering“.

He notes: “The reality with religion — whether Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Sikh, Hindu or other — is that all of these groups have the potential for peace and the potential for violence.”

Why the Taliban Fears Teenage Girls

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“A teenage girl speaking out for girls’ education is just about the most terrifying thing in the world for the Taliban. She is not some Western NGO activist who just parachuted into Pashtun country to hand out ESL textbooks. She is far more dangerous than that: a local, living advocate of progress, education, and enlightenment. If people like Yousafzia were to multiply, the Taliban would have no future.”

Read the rest of William J. Dobson’s article online.

Now It’s Up to the Pakistanis

posted by Suzy Shuraym

“’Let this be a lesson’, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, Ehsanullah Ehsan, said afterward. He added that if [Malala Yousafzai] survives, the Taliban would again try to kill her.”

(That’s from Nicholas D. Kristof’s editorial in the New York Times: “Her ‘Crime’ Was Loving Schools“.)

It’s now up to the people of Pakistan to be certain that they don’t carry out their threat.

Good News from Pakistan

posted by Suzy Shuraym

Pakistan Erupts in Anger Over Taliban’s Shooting of Schoolgirl

That’s the headline in today’s New York Times. The article goes on to say, “Pakistanis from across the political and religious spectrum united in revulsion at the attack on the 14-year-old education rights campaigner.”

This writer says right on! Without education, none will prosper.

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