In Pakistan, a coward’s attack highlights historic struggle

Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai

“PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A 14-year-old Pakistani activist who won international acclaim for speaking out for girls denied education under the Taliban was shot and seriously wounded Tuesday on her way home from school, authorities said.

The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on ninth-grader Malala Yousafzai, who officials said was shot in the head by at least one gunman who approached a school bus in Mingora, a city in the scenic Swat valley in the country’s northwest….

Yousafzai became known in early 2009, when she wrote a diary about Taliban atrocities under a pen name for the BBC’s Urdu service. In 2011, the Pakistani government awarded her a 1 million rupee ($10,500) prize and a peace award for her bravery in raising her voice for children’s rights and girls’ education when few others in Pakistan dared to.”

What do you say about men so threatened by the mere words of a 14-year-old girl that their best and only response is to try to assassinate her? We can call them moral cretins and cowards, which they certainly are. But that doesn’t do much for young Malala, who at last report was still clinging to life. It also doesn’t do much to protect many others like her trapped in cultures that treat women as chattel, dominated by male authorities that fear education as a challenge to their own teetering authority.

It is some solace, I suppose, that their authority is indeed teetering. Like the lynchings that once marred the American South, such acts of violence against helpless victims are a sign of weakness, not strength, and in the long term they will be interpreted as such. Human cultures may be wildly diverse, but some things are true in all places and times, and grown, armed men attacking young children elicits admiration in very few. It is also important to remember that the circumstances that produced her attackers also produced Malala herself.

Like many outbursts of violence, this attack is an act of desperation, an act of vain, brutish protest against social changes that are coming too fast for many in Pakistan and elsewhere in the deep Islamic world, but much too slowly for Malala and others caught in her predicament.

The challenge for those of us outside that world is how to accelerate that process without putting lives in unnecessary danger. Tempting as it might be to some, it is not a problem that military power can set right. The changes that are necessary cannot be imposed at gunpoint any better than they can be prevented at gunpoint. They will come in time, but time that is measured not in months or even years but probably in decades.

The knowledge that in the meantime, heroines such as Malala remain vulnerable to such cowards does not make the wait any easier.

– Jay Bookman

311 comments Add your comment

getalife

October 9th, 2012
1:45 pm

It takes one person to spark change.

FrankLeeDarling

October 9th, 2012
1:45 pm

Anyone who fears women so much is seriously lacking in something

getalife

October 9th, 2012
1:46 pm

moonbat betty

October 9th, 2012
1:49 pm

Sad story.

Lets go ahead and get it out of the way.

In the U.S., Republicans are waging “The War on Women!”

stands for decibels

October 9th, 2012
1:49 pm

Disgusting.

I can only hope this is a wake-up call for anyone in the region who might be on the fence about whether the Taliban, Dark-Age era collective wastes of sperm and egg, are somehow a net benefit to anything or anyone.

Joe Hussein Mama

October 9th, 2012
1:49 pm

Baumgartner’s skydive aborted due to winds.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 9th, 2012
1:50 pm

But…but…but…OBAMA! in 3…2…1….

Joe Hussein Mama

October 9th, 2012
1:50 pm

F. L. Darling — “Anyone who fears women so much is seriously lacking in something”

Stones. And I don’t mean rocks.

moonbat betty

October 9th, 2012
1:51 pm

“Baumgartner’s skydive aborted due to winds.”

What a wimp!

SHUT UP

October 9th, 2012
1:51 pm

This is just one story in a long line of how muslims treat women etc.

getalife

October 9th, 2012
1:52 pm

The President’s Big Bird ad is flat out hilarious.

Our cons dealt with change better than their cons so I have to give them credit for that.

SHUT UP

October 9th, 2012
1:54 pm

“The President’s Big Bird ad is flat out hilarious.”

And PBS has asked him to pull the ad because they don’t want anymore attention directed at them. Besides, Big Bird is about as intelligent as Obama can get since he made terrible grades at Haaaaahvahhhd.

barking frog

October 9th, 2012
1:54 pm

Words not bullets can
hasten that change. The
only entity guaranteed
free speech by the US
Constitution must use
words to hasten that
change. Thanks Jay.

Towncrier

October 9th, 2012
1:55 pm

“Like the lynchings that once marred the American South, such acts of violence against helpless victims are a sign of weakness, not strength, and in the long term they will be interpreted as such.”

What is tragically ironic is the realization that we once had what was a form of institutionalized terrorism here in these United States (the Ku Klux Klan). Having grown up in the 60s and 70s in rural New England, I never was really exposed to that kind of thing (even though my mother was from the south but was baptized at 15 and NEVER a racist). I think the movie Mississippi Burning is what really opened my eyes to how bad things had been.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 9th, 2012
1:55 pm

It also doesn’t do much to protect many others like her trapped in cultures that treat women as chattel, dominated by male authorities that fear education as a challenge to their own teetering authority…The challenge for those of us outside that world is how to accelerate that process without putting lives in unnecessary danger.

The challenge made all the more difficult by those who would fear education and submit to a regressive interpretation of male dominated writings made some 2000 years ago and by cowards who would label her by some radical profile and attack her and others.

stands for decibels

October 9th, 2012
1:55 pm

Stones. And I don’t mean rocks.

These are the same vile c–ts who are literally scared of statues.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buddhas_of_Bamiyan

larry

October 9th, 2012
1:56 pm

I’ve always had a funny feeling about Pakistan, from Bush claiming they were our ally to keeping Bin Laden safe and hid for 6 years. And when we send our Seals over to take Bin Laden, they arrest and inprison the doctor that help with the intellegence.

Add to the fact that they have a nuclear weapon,they scare me more than Iran does.

FrankLeeDarling

October 9th, 2012
1:58 pm

Indeed ,JHM.

larry

October 9th, 2012
1:59 pm

I think the movie Mississippi Burning is what really opened my eyes to how bad things had been.

Yep, and the problem has never really gone away.

Try getting a whipping for bringing home a book about MLK when you are 7 years old.

faisal

October 9th, 2012
1:59 pm

very sad in urdu we say Jehalat mean “Extreme stage of illiteracy” and madness , God bless Pakistan

indigo

October 9th, 2012
2:00 pm

Romney and Ryan will use contemptable acts like this to insist we stay indefinitely in Iraq and Afghanistan. They will argue we need, in the name of humanity, to rebuild and re-work these countries to make incidents like this become, eventually, a thing of the past.

The brutal truth is we cannot even properly protect our own citizens in our own country because there are just too many people and needs and too few dollars to do an adequate job. So, the stark truth is we can protect other countries only if we’re willing to see our country collapse under an overwhelming financial burden.

Jm

October 9th, 2012
2:00 pm

Sick. Very sick.

Muslim Fundamentalists are pre-Neanderthal.

Here’s to hoping reasonable moderate Muslims grow their resistance to the witch hunting dark age sickos.

Fly-On-The-Wall

October 9th, 2012
2:00 pm

When faith so dominates a culture/group/party that it cannot grow then it will ultimately fail

stands for decibels

October 9th, 2012
2:00 pm

God bless Pakistan

indeed. They need it a lot more than we do, frankly.

Towncrier

October 9th, 2012
2:00 pm

“I’ve always had a funny feeling about Pakistan, from Bush claiming they were our ally to keeping Bin Laden safe and hid for 6 years.”

I have been told by people who have lived in places like Turkey that Arabs are characteristically two-faced.

Fly-On-The-Wall

October 9th, 2012
2:02 pm

TC – I would say that is human nature and not just a characteristic of one group or people.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 9th, 2012
2:03 pm

I have witnessed first hand, Baptists being two-faced.

But I wouldn’t be so presumptuous as to say that was “characteristic.”

southpaw

October 9th, 2012
2:03 pm

“armed men attacking young children elicits admiration in very few.”

I hope you’re right, Jay, but I fear that a sizable minority of radical Islamists will see this as an attempted “honor killing” and support the Taliban’s attack on her.

Jay

October 9th, 2012
2:04 pm

“I have been told by people who have lived in places like Turkey that Arabs are characteristically two-faced.

Your source’s credibility is undercut by the fact that Turks are NOT Arabs in the first place and in fact would be insulted to be called such. And vice versa, I’m sure.

getalife

October 9th, 2012
2:05 pm

They say our President leads from behind but he believes their people dictate change not us.

mitt thinks we should dictate change and is dead wrong as usual.

Towncrier

October 9th, 2012
2:06 pm

“TC – I would say that is human nature and not just a characteristic of one group or people.”

I agree that everyone is capable of being two-faced, but I also believe that different cultures manifest different proclivities to particular behaviors. I am Irish and they are notorious for their drinking and alcoholism.

larry

October 9th, 2012
2:07 pm

mitt thinks we should dictate change and is dead wrong as usual

Its the Bush doctrine. Its what you get when your foreign policy ” experts” are from that failed adminstration.

Class of '98

October 9th, 2012
2:08 pm

What’s wrong, Jay? This column isn’t about some poll that shows Obama with an insurmountable lead, which is what you write about 99% of the time lately.

Joe Hussein Mama

October 9th, 2012
2:08 pm

M. Betty — “What a wimp!”

Anyone know how they were planning to get Mr. Baumgartner’s pressurized capsule down after he takes the big jump?

They just going to let it float around up there until it whacks a Delta jet in the nose or eventually falls into some farmer’s cornfield?

Jm

October 9th, 2012
2:08 pm

Getalife 2:05 way to politically spin a tragic death

You’re sick too

Jay

October 9th, 2012
2:09 pm

Pakistanis are ALSO neither Turks nor Arabs.

Towncrier

October 9th, 2012
2:09 pm

“Your source’s credibility is undercut by the fact that Turks are NOT Arabs in the first place and in fact would be insulted to be called such. And vice versa, I’m sure.”

Perhaps. But that does not mean (in this one case) that he didn’t base his opinion upon the Arabs he knew in Turkey.

getalife

October 9th, 2012
2:10 pm

Jm,

Who died?

Keep Up the Good Fight!

October 9th, 2012
2:10 pm

I agree that everyone is capable of being two-faced, but I also believe that different cultures manifest different proclivities to particular behaviors

Finally, a sensible explanation for Mitt’s flips and flops. :lol:

I am Irish and they are notorious for their drinking and alcoholism.

Somehow I sense commentary about watermelons coming in the near future. :roll:

Jm

October 9th, 2012
2:10 pm

Getalife. Apologize. (even though she’s not dead like a stated a second ago)

To politicize a shooting is sick.

getalife

October 9th, 2012
2:10 pm

larry,

Exactly.

Towncrier

October 9th, 2012
2:12 pm

“Pakistanis are ALSO neither Turks nor Arabs.”

Well maybe I was told Muslims and just remembered it as Arabs.

Carl Nagas

October 9th, 2012
2:12 pm

Guns don’t kill people. The NRA said so. It must be so. The NRA would say “If more school children were armed, they would be better able to defend themselves on school buses.”

getalife

October 9th, 2012
2:13 pm

Jm,

I consider her very brave and reading her words I find her very smart.

If this does spark change, she will be a national hero.

weetamoe

October 9th, 2012
2:14 pm

Desperate times call for referrals to lynching and the south. Does anyone employed by the AJC have an update or summary or just a few words about Lara Logan’s speech today? Low information voters among us—look her up. Since some of you are talking war on women again, you might be interested in what she has to say.

Towncrier

October 9th, 2012
2:14 pm

“Finally, a sensible explanation for Mitt’s flips and flops.”

If he is elected, you still going to have to “suck it up” ;-)

EC

October 9th, 2012
2:15 pm

Well written Jay. Referencing the civil rights struggle of the south helps put it in perspective.

larry

October 9th, 2012
2:16 pm

It also doesn’t do much to protect many others like her trapped in cultures that treat women as chattel, dominated by male authorities that fear education as a challenge to their own teetering authority.

Cultures include politics. Look at the political landscape in Pakistan over the last 20 years. And look at who is supporting the offical government of Pakistan. How much money have we sent them over the last ten years for being our ally?

Jm

October 9th, 2012
2:17 pm

Getalife

You are trying to make political hay out of the shooting of a 14 year old girl

You and the Taliban are two of a kind

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 9th, 2012
2:17 pm

Does anyone employed by the AJC have an update or summary or just a few words about Lara Logan’s speech today?

Go to blogspot.com.
Create your own blog.
Choose the topics that you wish to discuss.

skipper

October 9th, 2012
2:18 pm

There is not a Muslim majority country that can even govern itself. No, I am not racist or prejudiced….but yes I am totally against the Muslim fundamentalists that can’t do anything but kill innocents because they are too friggin’ stupid to do anything else with their lives. I do not give a rat’s ass whether a movie insulted them or the price of goat meat went up. If we had left the Israelis alone in ‘67, we would not have near the problems we have now. you can thank LBJ for that……………..

DebbieDoRight - Plantation Liberal (In Good Standing)

October 9th, 2012
2:19 pm

It also doesn’t do much to protect many others like her trapped in cultures that treat women as chattel, dominated by male authorities that fear education as a challenge to their own teetering authority.

I am always amazed why we women put up with it. Is it the curse put upon Eve by Jehovah – that we love our men sometimes more than we love ourselves? Unfortunately what might become of this act is that millions of Afghani women ruled in Taliban-like theocracies, may decided to kill their newborn sons, rather than to submit forever to such tyranny.

getalife – They say our President leads from behind but he believes their people dictate change not us.

Sorry about Saturday G — it was inevitable; the mad hatter has GOT to be more unpredictable when calling Offensive plays. Anyway — back to the subject – You’re correct. Why risk our children’s future and lives to fight someone ELSE’s war? In the end, they NEVER thank us for it; they just become sulky and militant.

southpaw: I hope you’re right, Jay, but I fear that a sizable minority of radical Islamists will see this as an attempted “honor killing” and support the Taliban’s attack on her.

I know — again, I ask, “Why do women put up with this crap?” I guess we’re just too loving.

. Girl, you oughta bash Mister’s head open and think about heaven later!” – Sofia from The Color Purple.

larry

October 9th, 2012
2:21 pm

And if , and this is a big if, Mr. Romney wins the election and starts a war with Iran, who will Pakistan side with?

Will it be someone who has supported them over the last ten years , or will they go the same way Iraq will go, against the U.S. and for Iran.

Yes, Iraq will go with Iran. Another side effect of a failed policy.

getalife

October 9th, 2012
2:21 pm

Jm,

Just pointing out the difference of both candidates on foreign policy. I think you need to know the history of the regions you are talking about. I doubt mitt bothered to learn.

They have a long way to go to join the civilized in the 21 st century but this is a good start not occupations.

MANGLER

October 9th, 2012
2:21 pm

These stories scour up very strong emotions and calls to actions. However, it’s ineffective to view these incidents through American eyes and interpretations. The freedom to speak out against one’s government doesn’t exist in most of the world, even in much of the first world (try to do it in France, Germany, Russia, or Japan and see how far you get).
How does one affect change? I don’t honestly know that “we” can. It must come from “them”. It took a civil war for us, and we’ve still been ironing out wrinkles ever since. These things will happen, and as painful as it will be for us to see it, we should butt out unless we are asked to help.

AmericaShrugged

October 9th, 2012
2:21 pm

Don’t sweat it, Obama’s got this. He’ll negotiate, sanction, and charm them out of thinking that way.

Jay

October 9th, 2012
2:21 pm

Thanks for the heads up on that weetamoe. I hadn’t seen that yet. She apparently wants a considerable US troop presence in Libya, an invasion of nuclear Pakistan and a general all-out war with Islam. You good with all that? You’re talking an effort on the scale of WWII, but considerably longer and more open-ended, since to change all those places we would have to impose lengthy occupations.

Again, you good with all that?

Road Scholar

October 9th, 2012
2:22 pm

Sounds similar to the American Taliban…those who kill abortion doctors.

Jm

October 9th, 2012
2:23 pm

Getalife, apologize.

This is about Pakistan.

getalife

October 9th, 2012
2:24 pm

“Sorry about Saturday G — it was inevitable; the mad hatter has GOT to be more unpredictable when calling Offensive plays”

Yes, folks around here are saying the same thing. We have to keep our defense off the field more .

getalife

October 9th, 2012
2:24 pm

DebbieDoRight - Plantation Liberal (In Good Standing)

October 9th, 2012
2:26 pm

When faith so dominates a culture/group/party that it cannot grow then it will ultimately fail

Religion is the opiate of the people — Karl Marxx

Jm

October 9th, 2012
2:26 pm

“this is a good start”

A girl being shot is good? Only in getalife land.

stevie ray

October 9th, 2012
2:27 pm

Too bad our investment in Afghanistan is paying off the most the Taliban

Towncrier

October 9th, 2012
2:28 pm

“You good with all that?”

Sadly, we may not have much choice at some point (even in the next ten years). If the ME really goes south and turns largely radical and Israel gets involved or attacked, then just what do YOU think will happen?

getalife

October 9th, 2012
2:28 pm

“Again, you good with all that?”

Talk about warmonger.

Good grief.

Jay

October 9th, 2012
2:28 pm

“There is not a Muslim majority country that can even govern itself. No, I am not racist or prejudiced….

Yes. You are.

You are also uninformed. Turkey, Malaysia, Indonesia, Kosovo, Jordan, Bahrain… all Muslim-majority, all pretty peaceful. Besides, before you get all high and mighty, you might want to remember that it was the Western world that dragged the world into our most recent global conflict in which some 60 million people were killed, and also the Christian West that started the world war previous to that.

getalife

October 9th, 2012
2:29 pm

Jm,

No, her speaking out will encourage others to stand up silly.

Joe Hussein Mama

October 9th, 2012
2:29 pm

Skipper — “There is not a Muslim majority country that can even govern itself.”

Well, 35 million Turkish voters say you’re wrong.

Brosephus™

October 9th, 2012
2:30 pm

Getalife. Apologize. (even though she’s not dead like a stated a second ago)

To politicize a shooting is sick.

Remember that the next time a conservative brings up Brian Terry. That’s a two-way street you’re trying to cross.

Towncrier

October 9th, 2012
2:31 pm

“Religion is the opiate of the people — Karl Marx”

I thought shows like “How I Met Your Mother” and “Two and a Half Men” were.

getalife

October 9th, 2012
2:32 pm

crier,

Don’t freak out like mitt and call our President a “terrorist sympathizer”.

The adults are in charge.

getalife

October 9th, 2012
2:32 pm

I guess jm is Marty.

Doggone/GA

October 9th, 2012
2:33 pm

“There is not a Muslim majority country that can even govern itself”

Who governs Indonesia?

The Truth

October 9th, 2012
2:34 pm

Jay and I don’t agree on the political platform, nor many other subjects, I have made it a point not to consume my time reading or wasting my time trying to convince the way wacky Left that in my opinion they are wrong, I do occasionally see what Jay may have to say on occasion as I have today. What troubles me today is not what Jay has said regarding Romney,or touting about Obama, but he has wrote about the loss of inocence in a little girls life and yet you the pathetic petty criers of liberalism only reply with more of your normal puke.
Jay, I salute for writing something worthy of reading and responding to.

stands for decibels

October 9th, 2012
2:34 pm

35 million Turkish voters say you’re wrong.

to say nothing of 237 million Indonesians.

(seriously, it’s going to be hard to top skipper’s post @ 2.18 on the ignorance scale, but some will surely give it the ol’ college try.)

Doggone/GA

October 9th, 2012
2:34 pm

“I am always amazed why we women put up with it”

We “put up” with it because men are generally stronger than women and if so inclined, can beat women into submission. That plus blackmailing them via their children.

J.L. Lee

October 9th, 2012
2:35 pm

Dump a little of the ‘leftover’ Variola Maj (smallpox) on Taliban villages. They will be too busy dying to screw with anyone.

getalife

October 9th, 2012
2:36 pm

The ME is changing and change scares conservatives.

We have new governments in the ME so those who think they know about these new government are full of bs.

We don’t know yet.

Finn McCool (The System isn't Broken; It's Fixed)

October 9th, 2012
2:36 pm

Christian Fundamentalists are pre-Neanderthal.

fixed yer typo

Paul

October 9th, 2012
2:37 pm

We overuse some words so much we cheapen what they mean. Like referring to every member of a profession (and there are several) as a ‘hero.’

This young lady epitomizes what the word should mean.

Muslim fundamentalists have killed scores of children, thru car bombs and suicide vests. All the world sees is the cleanup afterwards. So this demonstrates, again, the power of personalizing. One child, with a name and a face, known by many. That’s something tangible people can relate to while highlighting their revulsion for those they can’t relate to.

“The challenge for those of us outside that world is how to accelerate that process without putting lives in unnecessary danger.”

Best way is to go as low-key and as surreptitiously as possible. Perceptions of outside agitation will serve only to set back the effort.

Towncrier

October 9th, 2012
2:37 pm

Speaking of really bad behavior, driven by emotion and ideology:

http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/oct/9/romney-signs-defaced-excrement-virginia/

Politics is so much like religion some times, it is amazing.

Mick

October 9th, 2012
2:37 pm

We all want a perfect world but unfortunately, the world is not cooperating, what to do? For starters, realize that even though we wield enormous power, most change has to come from within. We can assist those who need our help but we must avoid being pulled into foreign entaglements. The world’s policeman is nearing retirement and not a day too soon. Maybe this brave young lady will become the pakistani version of rosa parks, it’s a tough culture to change after all these hundreds of years but change it must…

willie lynch

October 9th, 2012
2:37 pm

I find your comparison to the American South very poignant since this story immediately reminded me of Emmit Till. Unfortunately Pakistan doesn’t have a budding civil rights movement to hasten the liberation of the oppressed in that country.

The value of a Martin King should never be underestimated.

tm

October 9th, 2012
2:38 pm

Mean while in our Country we have a football coach who sets up a charity for disadvantaged boys so he can keep his stable full to abuse the boys for years. Yes there are sick people is all countries and of all back grounds.

DebbieDoRight - Plantation Liberal (In Good Standing)

October 9th, 2012
2:38 pm

Sadly, we may not have much choice at some point (even in the next ten years). If the ME really goes south and turns largely radical and Israel gets involved or attacked, then just what do YOU think will happen?

Don’t know about Jay – but my answer would be to tell Israel to pack up and leave. If they believe that the bible dictate that the land they’re on now is historically theirs, than they should also believe that their children’s children will one day return, just like they did after WWII.

However, biblically speaking, if they’re basing their assumptions of ownership on the bible, then the Bible also states that Israel would be in ruins, In Hosea 13: 9 it states, “You are destroyed, O Israel, because you are against me, against your helper.”

Israel’s claim, to my knowledge. have never been substantiate in a World Court. CAVEAT: I’m still searching to see if they have OR if it was just substantiated in the NATO agreement of

AmericaShrugged

October 9th, 2012
2:38 pm

Jay – Way back to WWI & WWII that’s true, but recent hotspots since say 1975 are almost all Muslim except for the IRA; East Timor, Mali, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc. From a western perspective it is a failed moral code. Not just the convert or be killed code of the extremists, but the subjugation of woman throughout th eculture.

Brosephus™

October 9th, 2012
2:39 pm

(seriously, it’s going to be hard to top skipper’s post @ 2.18 on the ignorance scale, but some will surely give it the ol’ college try.)

I beg to differ. With the quality and quantity of posters we have here, I give a day or maybe two tops before we set a new blog record.

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on topic: When you have to shoot a kid to try to scare people into your way of thinking, that leads one to think you’re holding on by a thread. This is the point where Muslims from all around the world need to band together to strike a blow against the extremists within their ranks.

indigo

October 9th, 2012
2:39 pm

Towncrier – 2:31

Don’t forget the Honey Boo Boo show.

Kamchak ~ Thug from the Steppes

October 9th, 2012
2:40 pm

“When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”
– Misattributed to Sinclair Lewis

Paul

October 9th, 2012
2:40 pm

Jay

” Besides, before you get all high and mighty, you might want to remember that it was the Western world that dragged the world”

We may want to consider the countries ravaged by Imperial Japan prior to 1941, when they expanded the scope of the eastern war in Dec, might take a different view of who else was involved in the dragging.

Towncrier

October 9th, 2012
2:40 pm

“Don’t freak out like mitt and call our President a “terrorist sympathizer”

Huh? Talk much?

Doggone/GA

October 9th, 2012
2:40 pm

” From a western perspective it is a failed moral code”

Nope. It is a failure of the people who misinterpret that moral code.

stevie ray

October 9th, 2012
2:40 pm

We can throw all the money in the world at ME countries but as we are finding, at best, we are simply postponing civil wars that the dictators in those countries arrested we will see same in syria, libya, and iraq with most likely outcome in each being control by those not aligned ot otherwise ready for our evangecal brand of democracy they will definitely mirror ourprocess of auctioning off our elected officials

AmericaShrugged

October 9th, 2012
2:40 pm

stand for – Those same Indonesians who from about 1975 through 1999 slaughtered thousands of Christians in East Timor? Wonderful people.

getalife

October 9th, 2012
2:41 pm

crier,

Problem reading much?

stands for decibels

October 9th, 2012
2:43 pm

TC @ 2.37, if you really want to play that game…

Fred ™

October 9th, 2012
2:43 pm

The right wingers on this blog are all over attacking 14 year old little girls…….. well as long as they are President Obama’s daughter’s……….

skipper

October 9th, 2012
2:43 pm

Jay,
WWII is over……………look where all the trouble is now………………

Towncrier

October 9th, 2012
2:44 pm

“This is the point where Muslims from all around the world need to band together to strike a blow against the extremists within their ranks.”

Indeed. We have been waiting a long time. Their inactivity in the face of such evil invites all kinds of questions.