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