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Letter: Teen an example of courage

I admire courage. Most of us do.
One of my nieces sent me a YouTube link to an interview with Malala Yousafzai on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Yousafzai is the Pakistani teen who was shot in the head by a cowardly Taliban thug in a planned assassination attempt on her life, for which the Taliban took credit. She courageously spoke up for girls' rights to an education and criticized the Taliban who bombed many girls' schools and invaded her region of Pakistan. The Pakistani army supposedly kicked them out, following their invasion/infestation, but a few Taliban remained, including the Talib who attacked her.
I listened to both the initial and extended conversations between Yousafzai and Jon Stewart on YouTube, and I found them so intriguing that I bought and read her book, "I am Malala." Her book not only includes her autobiography, including her shooting and recovery, but also history and other details about Pakistan, underlining the complexities of the current political/religious conflicts in the region.
Just search on "Malala" to get to these links and the link to her website, where she has a non-profit fund set up to promote girls' right to an education. She continues to speak up for girls' rights -- internationally, now.
I don't see how we would ever negotiate any peace with the Taliban, unless they change current treatment of girls and women, which is very unlikely.
Also, as reported in the Times, one of our latest drones killed, among others, the head of the Taliban in Pakistan. He got what he had coming.
In my opinion, the drone program helps our true friends in Pakistan as well as killing known criminals. We should continue a hard line against the Taliban, both in Pakistan and Afghanistan, keeping the drone program in place as long as necessary. I still favor this program, even with the problem of killing innocents with the attacks. It doesn't help when the Taliban hides among the innocents.
Dan Bridgewater
Westminster

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