I will make this my last post on the current discussion about Malala Yousafzai. Anybody who can’t be reasoned with should ignore this post and move on. (Also, those who have a hard time reading/writing ‘essays’ do not have to indulge in this post.)
Firstly, thank you Sajawal for suggesting this short-film. ‘Burning Paradise’ documents the conditions and happenings in Swat under Taliban-rule when ‘Nizam-i-Adl’ was enforced in the region, and also the scenario after the successful ‘Operation Black Thunderstorm’ by the Pakistan Army in 2009. It was made by a Pakistani NGO, run by Sajawal’s father, and I can assure you that no Yahoodi/Zionist device was used in its making (it was Japanese, probaby). The Dramatic representation in-between helps to fill in the gaps and shows the day-to-day lives of the common folk. This documentary was made before Malala was attacked or her work covered in the mainstream media or as she has been disgustingly referred to as the ‘West’s darling’. She speaks the same message with the same confidence that she spoke at the United Nations 3 days ago; of Education, Peace, and Humanity. After watching, if you still think that she suddenly speaks for the West now, please keep reading on.
[WARNING: The videos contain some strong images, view at your own discretion.]
Secondly, this is the full-text of her speech: http://www.cnbcpakistan.com/Full-Text-of-Malala-Yousufzais-Speech-At-UN-news-17506.html. If you haven’t read it please go through it to realize how nice Yahoodi/Western/American/Illuminati agents are, that is if she really is one, the chances of which are equal to the chances of the sun rising from the West. Still let’s assume that it’s true for the sake of debate, since any of her haters can not be expected to be even a little open-minded.
Thirdly, here are the answers to some of the insane suggestions that have been put-up to delegitimize her:
1) Why her, among the thousands of girls living in Swat?
Because you need to ‘put a face’ on a cause. Just like Benazir Bhutto became a champion for women’s participation in government in patriarchal societies, or Jinnah became the leader of the Muslims of Sub-continent, or Nelson Mandela became a symbol of African Nationalism. There were millions like these three individuals, but their charisma and dedication made them the best people for their respective causes. (If you read/heard her speech, you will realize that each similar example she quotes has the exact same story.) Malala didn’t just suddenly shoot up to limelight. She fought for education well before the Taliban started blowing up girls’ schools in Swat. She kept a journal when she was restricted to her home and wrote about the conditions of Swat and the women there. Except her, I for one didn’t see anyone of you standing up for the same things, while knowing that education is a necessity and human right for all; SHE DID, which got her shot.
2) Her speech was written to further Western/Yahoodi/American/Illuminati agendas and she is part of a psychological operation by the CIA.
One problem about this claim: Let me remind you of two other human beings who spoke for women’s education, peace, and humanity: Mohammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of this country, and Mohammed (PBUH), the Prophet of Islam. By all your logic and reasoning, if those two great human beings accidentally ever came across a people like the modern Pakistani nation, they’d be labelled agents of Western conspiracy and lampooned for their beliefs too.
Oh, wait…they were; Mohammed (PBUH) was derided by the pagan Arabs and Jinnah was labelled a ‘Kafir’ by fundamentalists because both of them spoke for Women’s Rights and Education, among other things, in obscurantist and misogynistic societies. Now, history not only remembers them as great leaders and reformers, but thousands follow them and their way of lives.
3) The ‘higher powers’ are using Pakistan’s daughter to spread their agendas and damage the Islamic Ummah and our country.
Those ‘higher powers’ are only supporting her message of Education, nothing else, as can be noted from her address. If Malala is being ‘misused’ by the West to promote civility among an ignorant people, I’d gladly let myself be misused too. Higher powers wouldn’t use ‘Pakistan’s daughter’ if Pakistanis hadn’t allowed them to. She was attacked under our watch; girls’ schools were blown up under our watch; she was receiving death threats while being treated under our watch; we couldn’t protect her, and when she chose to stay away for her own safety, you start calling her a Western agent.
4) Why did she not spoke against the American occupation of Afghanistan and drone attacks, which kill Muslims daily?
One, her cause has no relation to World politics whatsoever. America is pulling out of Afghanistan next year and even the Afghans themselves have rarely objected to their presence in the United Nations. Pakistan has had representation in every UN general assembly since the first drone attack and not one envoy has ever raised the issue, and now it’s suddenly Malala’s fault that she didn’t talk about drones.
Drone attacks are an issue of foreign policy, education is an issue of social consciousness. If the Pakistani government (and by extension the Pakistani people) feel so strongly about drone attacks, there is the International Court of Justice, to heed their calls. I suggest they try their luck there, but stop maligning a courageous and hardworking girl.
5) There hasn’t been changes in Swat from the sort of activism she was doing, a girl can’t achieve this, and it’s pointless [among other sexist remarks].
Before the Taliban takeover the number of girls in schools in Swat was about 80,000 (ref: http://archives.dawn.com/archives/27830), which were back in school in after the Military operation ended. By the end of 2011, some 40,000 more students had enrolled (ref: http://tahirkatlang.wordpress.com/2013/01/22/education-in-swat-after-militancy-and-malala/) and further increases in the number of students in 2012 and 2013 – all of whom were not going to schools even before the Taliban started blowing up schools. That’s a 33.33% increase – just because of that ‘pointless’ activism. Swat’s literacy rate has also been in the past remained above the whole national average (ref: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/poverty-matters/2011/may/10/swat-ngo-solution-to-assault-on-education), which dipped drastically under the Taliban. Now, however it’s increasing again with 90% of the destroyed schools rehabilitated/constructed by locals, military, and the government.
6) She is defaming Pakistan by telling the world about the Taliban and the attack on herself.
Is she really? You’re defaming Pakistan by remaining ignorant to the problems of your country. The international media knows much more about the condition this country is in, there is no need to inform them of that. However, the fact that the World knows that Pakistanis remain silent when women are killed in Kohistan for dancing at weddings (ref: http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-2-112782-Four-Kohistani-women-killed-for-staining-honour), are forcibly married at young ages (ref: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/07/12/malalas_forgotten_sisters_girls_marriage_pakistan), are abused in households and are killed for attending universities (ref: http://beta.dawn.com/news/1018631/female-suicide-bomber-responsible-for-quetta-attack), really shows who and what is defaming Pakistan; it’s you and your ignorance to what Malala stands for.
Lastly, please, first recognize your own faults before holding her accountable for any of hers. If she had the support of the Pakistani people when she needed, she wouldn’t have had to depend on anybody let alone ‘Western Imperialists’. Her message at the end of ‘Burning Paradise’ is, again, of Education, Peace, and Humanity (and even Religious tolerance). She wants the Pakistan we all want, and the first step in achieving that goal is to recognize our faults. So, let me know when anyone around here stands face-forward against the Taliban when they are about to attack them for speaking up for what’s right.