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Enlightened battle Taliban's ignorance

Letter to the editor

Once again education has had a dramatic win over ignorance and fear. The lack of education to understand the world and its progressions couldn’t have been more apparent than what the Taliban attempted to do last week.

Malala Yousufzai, a 14-year-old activist in Pakistan was shot in the head while leaving a school for girls. Malala, has been an advocate of education for all in her country but especially for young girls. She is no ordinary teenager but has received the country’s highest award for civilians. On numerous occasions she has been in the media blasting the Taliban’s rules in the Swat Valley of Pakistan where she lives while being a vocal advocate more education for young girls (something that the Taliban men hates). Like in the past, her assassination attempt to silence her has backfired. Like others before her like Dr. King, Gandhi and President Kennedy, the cowardly killers believed killing the person will kill the ideals that are shared by millions. The main false mindset of the Taliban and others of that type of thinking can’t comprehend is that fear doesn’t win but promotes greater actions to oppose.

Ten thousands of men, women, children, world leaders and especially young girls are now more involved to carry on the legacy of an educated Pakistan for all. You would think that in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks would convince cowardly killers that fear of death don’t deter people from mobilizing their ideals. I guess the lack of education once again is partnering with ignorance. At present the doctors have removed a bullet that entered her brain and headed towards her spine.

Malala Yousufzai has now been flow to the U.K. for further treatment by the government of the United Arab Emirates.

TONY WRIGHT

Albany