“Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.”
– George W. Bush, in a speech to a Joint Session of Congress
in September 2001
It took about 11 years for that memo to get to Pakistan.
We’ll see what good it does even now.
President George W. Bush was pilloried for putting the war against terror in such plain, unequivocal terms. But he was right then and he is right now. The Taliban, al-Qaida and other terrorists are the enemy of every civilized human being on Earth.
Only three governments ever officially recognized the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan. After the attacks on the U.S. in 2001, launched from Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates cut ties with the Taliban. Pakistan never did – and, in fact, has provided the Taliban – and Osama bin Laden, until his death – a safe haven inside Pakistan ever since.
Now that an outspoken and courageous 14-year-old Pakistani girl has been shot and critically injured by the Taliban – for wanting nothing more than an education for females – Pakistanis seem to be awakening, finally, to the monsters in their midst.
Or maybe they’ll just kowtow to the Taliban some more: Reports indicate Pakistani families may be less willing to send girls to school now.
And, as one report noted, a recent public show of support for the wounded girl, Malala Yousufzai, “pales in comparison to the tens of thousands of people who held violent protests in Pakistan last month against a film produced in the United States that denigrated Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.”
Clearly, some people in Pakistan get it. But do enough?
“Malala Yousufzai is a beacon of knowledge. She is the daughter of the nation,” one supporter said.
If so, she may be an orphan – unless the rest of the civilized folks in Pakistan rally behind her and against the terrorists. Pakistan has the same choice to make today that George W. Bush referred to in 2001.
Of course, back then it was someone else’s ox – ours – that was getting gored. Now it’s a 14-year-old Pakistani girl’s. And she is only the latest victim of that mob of Neanderthals. There have been many others.
It’s laughable when Sandra Fluke becomes a liberal cause célèbre in this country because (gasp!) she’s not getting free taxpayer-funded contraceptives in order to enjoy as much consequence-free sex as she’d like – and her “plight” becomes evidence of a “war on women.” Democrats in this country should forever be shamed by that gross perversion of the term, and the resulting trivialization of the true plight of women around the world.
Malala Yousufzai is a victim of the real war on women – a war, it must be said, that U.S. and NATO forces have been waging, against the evil creatures who would shoot a child in the head for promoting the education of girls.
There is a war on women in the world, and we’re on the side of the women.
It’s about time Pakistan signed up with us.