October 22 2013
Vicki E. Alger
The heroic Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for advocating education for girls, didn’t win the Nobel Peace Prize—and no one’s more tickled than the Taliban. In a prepared statement Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid cooed:
We are delighted that she didn't get it. She did nothing big so it's good that she didn't get it.
See for yourself just how wrong that assertion is in Yousafzai‘s recent interview on the Daily Show.
Yousafzai also met with President Obama, the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize winner “for his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples," who invited her to a private meeting with the First Family earlier this month. During that meeting she told the President:
…that drone attacks are fueling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people. If we refocus efforts on education it will make a big impact.
A great lesson for our president abroad and at home—especially as the U.S. Department of Justice is trying to torpedo Louisiana’s successful and popular voucher scholarship program that is overwhelmingly serving low-income and minority children trapped in crummy schools.