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14 year school girl shot, Taliban claims 'credit', will do again

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by druidravi, Oct 9, 2012.

  1. druidravi

    druidravi King

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    http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/09/pakistani-activist-14-shot-by-taliban/

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    A spokesman for the Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat Valley took responsibility for the shooting on Tuesday of a 14-year-old activist who is an outspoken advocate of education for girls. The attack on Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head on her way home from school in Mingora, the region’s main city, outraged many Pakistanis, but a spokesman told a newspaper the group would target the girl again if she survived.

    Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, commonly known as the Pakistani Taliban, told Reuters in a telephone interview that Malala “was pro-West, she was speaking against the Taliban and she was calling President Obama her idol.” He admitted that she was young, but said that “she was promoting Western culture in Pashtun areas,” referring to the ethnic group in northwest Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan whose conservative values the Taliban claims to defend.

    Another girl, one of two others wounded in the attack, said in a television interview with Pakistan’s Express News that a man had stopped the school bus and asked which girl was Malala before opening fire.



    Is a 14 year school girl who blogged about life under Taliban a 'legitimate' target? The Taliban are so proud of this act that they claim credit for this .I know right now no one has stomach for a fight against the Taliban . Many of the locals in tribal areas do prefer them to the western backed alternatives . Is there nothing which can be done? Are there moderate Taliban ? Or is that an oxymoron? Is there any way the world can help bring a change in the Taliban and their attitudes?
     
  2. Bugfatty300

    Bugfatty300 Buddha Squirrel

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    Cool, the Taliban are adopting Los Zetas tactics. Let's negotiate with them!
     
  3. luiz

    luiz Trendy Revolutionary

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    It's their culture and their religion and we can't criticize them or do anything about it because of the crusades and colonialism. We're just as bad, can't you see? The crusades!
     
  4. druidravi

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    As much as I detest negotiating with them is there any alternative ? The locals hate the western forces much more than they hate taliban. And not everyone hates Taliban.
     
  5. Borachio

    Borachio Way past lunacy

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    I recommend education. Afghanistan has one of the very lowest literacy rates in the world.

    And what a good idea to not support a corrupt regime as an alternative to the Taliban. You know, just for the novelty value.
     
  6. galdre

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    we should not negotiate with the Taliban; support their oppostion instead
     
  7. Leoreth

    Leoreth Prince of Blood Moderator

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    I haven't seen any one defend the Taliban in the way you're caricaturing. But it sure is nice to build pre-emptive strawmen.
     
  8. JollyRoger

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    I suggest we colonize that part of the world and kill off those locals that cling to their guns and religion.
     
  9. Borachio

    Borachio Way past lunacy

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    It's been tried. Didn't work. Hindu Kush. Afghanistan. Stuff.
     
  10. Winner

    Winner Diverse in Unity

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    Fine. Execute about, lemmesee, 1000 Taleban prisoners in response.
     
  11. DinoDoc

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    Wouldn't the correct response be for the Justice Department to sell them weapons if they are adopting the tactics of Mexican cartels?
     
  12. Ajidica

    Ajidica High Quality Person

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    We tried that back in the 80's when they were doing a lovely job of killing Russians.
     
  13. DinoDoc

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    The Taliban didn't exist then. ;)
     
  14. GhostWriter16

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    Anyone who is advocating an imperialistic response should be aware that we set up the Taliban's power.

    Condemn the attack of course. But we should be the heck out of there already.
     
  15. Ajidica

    Ajidica High Quality Person

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    Oh sure, but it isn't like the Taliban sprang out of holes in the ground. We gave the weapons to other Afghani's who either joined the Taliban or were working with Hekmatyar and a de facto ally of the Taliban. Massoud got the short end of the stick.

    Not really. The West wasn't particularly fond of the Taliban or Hekmatyar and for the most part overwhelmingly support Massoud and his United Islamic Front. However, our material support for him was pretty much non-existant so the Taliban/Hekmatyar managed to take over most of Afghanistan. During the Soviet Occupation, the CIA did a pretty decent job ensuring American weapon shipment avoided the nutty Mujahideen. Bin Laden himself insisted he never received any shipments of American weapons. The Saudi Intelligence Service or the Pakistani ISI were a different matter and after the war openly supported the Taliban.
     
  16. JohnRM

    JohnRM Don't make me destroy you

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    That's why I'd never live in parts of the world such as Afghanistan, North Africa, or Alabama.
     
  17. JollyRoger

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    I'm not so sure life is great for State College 14 year olds either.
     
  18. DinoDoc

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    They should mainly be aware that setting up a modern nation state in what is essentially a pre-industrial society was doomed to failiure from the start. Diverting from what should have been a punitive expedition was a mistake from the start.
     
  19. Patroklos

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    No, they are not the same people. The Taliban had to defeat the people we did arm in order to come to power.
     
  20. JohnRM

    JohnRM Don't make me destroy you

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    We like 'em yungar 'round here! He-yuck!
     

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