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January 30, 2009


Lauryn Oates on universal values of the kind the left used to espouse. Some of us still do; we just vote differently (in so far as voting changes a damned thing). These days, it seems there is no barbarism the left will not march in protest to defend and no apartheid they will not try to impose on those of us who are still nominally free.

Every year, all over South Asia, hundreds of women have acid sprayed in their faces for committing the offence of going to school, or for going to work, or for merely walking down a street without covering their faces. In Bangladesh alone, an average of 228 women are subjected to such acid attacks every year.

But there is an important and very specific lesson to be learned from the Kandahar incident.

More than a dozen of the young Kandahari women were seriously injured, two of them blinded, and the victims have all defiantly returned to their classes at the Mirwais Mena school. One of the girls who suffered severe eye injuries is 17-year-old Shamsia: “I will go to my school even if they kill me,” Shamsia said. “My message for the enemies is that if they do this 100 times, I am still going to continue my studies.”

The lesson here is that millions of brave Afghan schoolgirls are dedicated to pursuing their studies, in sometimes perilous and hostile circumstances, and their devotion is heartfelt, homegrown and hardy. It has not been “imposed” upon them by the “West.”

Via the Drink Soaked Trots.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at January 30, 2009 09:27 AM