The religious fundamentalists the Taliban have tried to murder 14 year old school girl Malala Yousafzai because she spoke out to say she wanted to be a doctor. This is an act of the most extreme and savage barbarity that must be unconditionally condemned by all. The US press is full of indignation about this event. However we need to keep in mind a few things. When it suited them one US government after another worked with the Taliban to try and achieve its aims in Afghanistan and Central Asia, these aims were to hem in Russia and China.
We also have to remember that Saudi Arabia is the most important ally of the US in the Middle East after Israel. And here is what the New York Times has to say about this extreme fundamentalist regime, the friend of the Bush family, the US oil industry and US capitalism. In an article by Nicholas D Kristof in the New York Times October 11th, he wrote: "One of my greatest frustrations when I travel to Pakistan is that I routinely spot extremest madrases, or schools, financed by medieval misogynists from Saudi Arabia or elsewhere. They provide meals, free tuition and sometimes scholarships to lure boys - because their donors understand perfectly that education shapes countries." So these allies and friends of the US capitalist class are financing the very outfits and pushing the very ideas that nurture the Taliban and end up killing young girls.
Like the fundamentalist religious nut cases everywhere, whether in the Islamic world, or the Jewish world or the Christian world, these ideas and people are a threat to a civilized society and especially to women.
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