President Obama and his surrogates have manufactured a ginned up GOP "war on women" as a campaign tactic. Their idea of a "war on women" is having to pay for their own birth control. Their ginned up faux-rage pales, though, in light of a real war on women that is happening every day in Afghanistan, Pakistan and the rest of the Middle East.
Meet Malala Yousufzai. She looks like your typical teenager - but she's not. You see, Malala was shot in the head and left for dead by the Taliban. Her crime.....wanting education and taking on the Taliban...
"Shooting attacks happen every day in Pakistan," as NPR's Philip Reeves reports from Islamabad.
But the shooting of a teenaged girl who became nationally known after she documented the Taliban's cruelty in Pakistan's Swat Valley has caused particular shock in that country, he tells our Newscast Desk.
The Pakistani Taliban are claiming their fighters carried out today's attack. According to Philip, "officials say Malala Yousufzai was outside her school when a gunman approached, and opened fire, injuring her and at least one other child."
(Note at 7 a.m. ET, Oct 10: Earlier, we wrote that Malala is 14. That is what The Associated Press, Reuters and other news outlets are reporting. Phil, though, has checked with Malala's school and been told she was born on July 12, 1997 — making her 15. He also spoke with her in August 2009. Malala said then that she was 12.)
Pakistan's Dawn newspaper says it has been told by a spokesman for the Taliban that the girl was targeted for spreading "anti-Taliban and 'secular' thoughts among the youth of the area." Malala, Dawn says, was "hit by couple of bullets to her neck and head." While hospitalized, she is said to be "out of danger." She may, though, need to be sent overseas for treatment.
The Taliban reportedly say they'll target her again.
The Taliban's threat was so real, that Malala was moved to a hospital in the UK where she would be safe. She is well on the road to recovery, thanks to the military doctors who are helping her.
Malala's story should remind us all that the trivial "problems" that we have here in the US are just that...trivialities. While the President focuses (like a laser) on trivialities like contraception, Big Bird and binders, real women around the world are really suffering at the hands of third world tin horn dictators.
If President Obama really gave a flying fig about women, he would be championing the cause of women and girls like Malala Yousufzai instead of mollycoddling spoiled brats like Sandra Fluke.
It really is that simple.