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Posted at 05:20 PM ET, 10/09/2012

The Taliban’s savage attack on an Afghan teen


She was on a school bus with her classmates when gunman stopped the bus, asked for her, and shot her twice, in the head and neck, leaving her seriously wounded in Pakistan.

“She has become a symbol of Western culture in the area; she was openly propagating it” said Pakistani Taliban spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan. The “it” is human rights. “She” is Malala Yousafzai, only 14 years old.

Her crimes of championing girls’ education, resisting militant ideology and offending the Taliban’s version of Islam, was enough to get her placed on that group’s assassination list. And consider this additional condemnation of the teenager: “She considers Obama as her ideal leader,” Ehsan declared.

If she survives the attack, the spokesman said, they will try again to kill her. “Let this be a lesson,” Ehsanullah Ehsan said from his undisclosed location, according to the New York Times. So she lies in a hospital, critically wounded. What part of the attack on the bus of schoolgirls was not savage? What part not barbaric? What part not full of hate and bigotry. What part not offensive to the civilized world? We don’t need anti-jihad ads to tell us that. The Taliban attack speaks for itself.

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