For those of you who were taken by the so-called ‘regret’ that the Taliban expressed towards youth activist Malala Yousufzai, who, one might add, they had shot in the head not so long ago, it might do well to be reminded of what these rabid Jihadis truly stand for.
Fortunately for us, the Taliban themselves have not done much to hide their true intentions. In a letter that many publications interpreted as an ‘apology’, the Taliban’s Adnan Rasheed practically threatens the youth activist all over again. It seems Malala’s way of life – that of a freedom-loving, independent, modern-thinking young person – is completely at odds with the world view that the Taliban stands for and seeks to impose on the world.
After saying he has ‘brotherly’ concerns for Malala and her family, Rasheed effectively calls her an agent of a global jewish conspiracy to undo the edifice of Islam and impose a ‘new world order’ composed of “global education, global economy, global army, global trade, global government and finally global religion”.
Rasheed then follows the products of his frenzied imagination up with:
I want to know is there any space for the prophetic guidance in all above global plans? Is there any space for Islamic sharia or Islamic law to which UN call inhumane and barbaric?
There isn’t Rasheed. There really is not. The future belongs to young champions like Malala who can think for themselves and make choices about the future they want to live in. You clearly have made up your mind about the future you want to live in. Fortunately for Malala (and others like her), they don’t have to share it with you.
The relationship that the Taliban has with reality is unsettling at best and scary at worst. In the world they live in, there is absolutely nothing wrong with shooting a school-going child in the head because she happened to disagree with their totalitarian world view. And now, months after the cowardly attack, they have the gall to come forward and claim that it was justified because she was smearing their good name? Rasheed does not get the irony. How can he? After all, he and his comrades are of the belief that only they have all the answers. Diversity of opinion is an alien concept to them.
Rasheed claims he has nothing against education. But it has to be Islamic education. After insensitively asking Malala why she thought only she was targetted when many others school-going girls in the region were not, he tells her:
Taliban never attacked you because of going to school or you were education lover, also please mind that Taliban or Mujahideen are not against the education of any men or women or girl.
Except that they are. The Taliban are against all education that does not directly relate to their world view and it is obvious that they have no concept of an educational system that encourages sceptical thinking and dissent. Because of this, what the Taliban considers education is no education at all. Education is supposed to widen horizons, not hammer them into narrow limits imposed by theological doctrines.
After this entire fake apology and justification of attempted murder, Rasheed invites Mala back to Pakistan so she may:
“…adopt the Islamic and pushtoon culture, join any female Islamic madrassa near your home town, study and learn the book of Allah, use your pen for Islam and plight of Muslim ummah and reveal the conspiracy of tiny elite who want to enslave the whole humanity for their evil agendas in the name of new world order…”
No Malala. Don’t come back. Stay free and continue to fight the good fight. Ignore Rasheed. He does not know what he is talking about and he has no right to decide your future for you.
Malala Yousafzai addresses United Nations Youth Assembly