So many events yesterday. To try and choose one to write about is difficult. I could write about the Vice Presidential debate, but I really don’t want to deal with that event. I could write about Elizabeth Warren. Warren is the Democratic candidate for the Senate in Massachusetts. During the debate between Warren and her opponent it was revealed that she is paid $350,000 for teaching one course at Harvard. It was also stated that she received a no-interest loan from Harvard. No wonder the cost of a college education is skyrocketing. Maybe I should ask the administration where I teach for a raise.
I could write about the fiasco in this country about corporate taxes. I could also write about the supposed deduction that encourages businesses to move their operations overseas. When President Obama made that statement during the debate, Romney countered that he had been in business for 25 years and had never heard of such a thing. There are deductions for expenses, but nothing that is specifically related to moving a company overseas.
What I really want to write about is a young and courageous 14 year old young lady. Tuesday the Pakistani Taliban attacked this girl, and shot her in the neck and head. “Ms. Yousafzai, a precocious and telegenic campaigner for a girl’s right to an education, has become a symbol of raw courage in the face of implacable evil.” If she survives the Taliban has warned they will come back and finish the job.
I know Christianity has had problems through the years. We’ve had Salem witch trials, Crusades, slavery, and the Inquisition, but Christianity has created hospitals, social care organizations, the Abolitionist movement, and has fought the good fight for two thousand years. However, I have to admit, I struggle with Islam. Especially when a fundamentalist group shoots a young girl in the head because she wants better opportunities for other girls.
The United States and Pakistan are having relationship problems. We went into Pakistan unannounced and killed Bin Laden, and we continue to send drones into Pakistan in search of terrorists. None if which is helping to enlighten Pakistan, especially in relation to women’s rights. But just maybe a young 14 year old girl may be able to do what years of warfare has not been able to, motivate a country to change.
Some in Pakistan say that the war on terrorism is an American war, not theirs. Others are saying that the defeat of terrorism can only happen if those countries where the terrorists live step up and deal with the problem. “While nearly all Pakistanis find it easy to condemn a brutal attack on a girl whose only crime is an outspoken belief in school, a lot fewer are willing to condemn her assailants directly, without apologies or evasion.”
I hope the dreams of this little girl become a reality. I hope that Pakistan emerges from the dark ages and begins to develop a broader sense of human rights. This little girl deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for her courage.
And that is my thought for the day!