04/29/13

Alinsky Still Alive and Well at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

By: Marion Algier
AskMarion

Every year the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, or nerd prom as it has been dubbed, is held in Washington D.C. where the President is supposed to display his entertaining side opposite a major comedian who is asked to more or less host and either make or break his or her career. Over the weekend for 2013 it was Conan O’Brian, who attacked CNN, Fox News, the Washington Hilton and Mitt Romney but pretty much soft-balled the President, who broke tradition and chose to enter to rap music instead of the traditional “Hail to the Chief”… too stuffy for our too hip president and his Hollywood pals. In fact the Correspondents’ Dinner has gone so Hollywood that Tom Brokaw (and others) said ‘no thanks’ to attending this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “That dinner, as it has been constituted for the past several years, is saying, ‘We’re Versailles. The rest of you eat cake.’, said Brokaw.

In reviewing the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner I wrote Alinsky Alive and Well in the White House. And although a bit more subdued this year, the Obama format followed the Alinsky primer, Rules for Radicals. President Obama used Alinsky’s Tactic #5 to perfection: “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

In 2012 the AP wrote:

It’s not often that we get to see the most powerful man in the world tell jokes about eating dogs, craving cigarettes and imposing his rumored “radical socialist agenda” on the country. And yet, last night in Washington, D.C., we were treated to just that…

This year the most poignant example was Obama’s comment: “I’m Not The Strapping Young Muslim Socialist I Used To Be!”

“Sniff! Our Marxist Islamist is getting old…” ;) TMH, the NoisyRoom

President Barack Obama poked fun at the media, especially Fox News; the History Channel; his critics: including Congress, Sheldon Adelson, Rush Limbaugh, Sen.Mitch McConnell, Rep. Michele Bachmann… and himself using the Alinsky model

Some Obama highlights:

“I know Republicans are still sorting out what happened in 2012, but one thing they all agree on is they need to do a better job reaching out to minorities,” Obama said.

“And look, call me self-centered, but I can think of one minority they could start with. Hello? Think of me as a trial run, you know?” he said.

“These days, I look in the mirror and I have to admit, I’m not the strapping young Muslim socialist that I used to be,” Obama said. “Time passes. You get a little gray.”

“I’m also hard at work on plans for the Obama Library, and some have suggested that we put it in my birthplace, but I’d rather keep it in the United States,” he said.

“Did anybody not see that joke coming?” (Show of hands.) “Only Gallup? Maybe Dick Morris?”

“One senator who has reached across the aisle recently is Marco Rubio, but I don’t know about 2016. I mean, the guy has not even finished a single term in the Senate and he thinks he’s ready to be president,” Obama joked. “Kids these days.”

“I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but the fact is I admire their commitment to cover all sides of a story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate.”

“Some of my former advisors have switched over to the dark side. For example, David Axelrod now works for MSNBC, which is a nice change of pace since MSNBC used to work for David Axelrod.”

“The History Channel is not here. I guess they were embarrassed about the whole Obama-is-a-devil thing. Of course, that never kept Fox News from showing up. They actually thought the comparison was not fair — to Satan. “

“I still make rookie mistakes. Like, I’m out in California, we’re at a fundraiser, we’re having a nice time. I happen to mention that Kamala Harris is the best-looking attorney general in the country. As you might imagine, I got trouble when I got back home. Who knew Eric Holder was so sensitive?”

“Some things are beyond my control. For example, this whole controversy about Jaz-Z going to Cuba — it’s unbelievable. I’ve got 99 problems and now Jay-Z is one.That’s another rap reference, Bill. I’ll let you know.”

“I’m taking my charm offensive on the road – a Texas barbeque with Ted Cruz, a Kentucky bluegrass concert with Rand Paul, and a book-burning with Michele Bachmann.”

“Groucho Marx once said — and, Senator Cruz, that’s Groucho Marx, not Karl. That’s the other guy. Groucho Marx once told an audience, “Before I speak, I have something important to say.”

One of the funnier more light-hearted moments of Obama’s routine came near the beginning of his turn at the podium. Mr. Obama remarked that the presidency can take its toll on anyone, and he realizes he’ll need a burst of energy and some new approaches to energize his second term. He and his aides have talked about that, he said.

“We were willing to try anything. So we borrowed one of Michelle’s tricks,” said Obama.

Video: President Obama at 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner (C-SPAN)

Transcript of Obama’s remarks at White House Correspondents’ Association dinner

Conan O’Brien Blasted Drudge, Bush, Romney, CNN, the NRA And Chris Matthews at the Correspondents Dinner but tip-toed around the Pres.

Video: Conan O’Brien remarks at 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner (C-SPAN)

My take has not changed and is still that Obama played it cool and delivered a perfect Saul Alinsky Speech. If you are concerned about America and want to help turn things around or if you are politically unaware or uninvolved and you want to get a better handle of what is going on, if you haven’t already, you need to read Saul Alinsky’s: Rules for Radicals plus understand the Cloward and Piven strategy; both major parts of Obama’s playbook. Mix in a little George Soros string pulling and you are headed in the right direction. Then do a little reading and digging into who BHO’s family and friends are and who he is connected to and everything will come into focus!

I think Alinsky would have been proud!

“Obama learned his lesson well. I am proud to see that my father’s model for organizing is being applied successfully beyond local community organizing to affect the Democratic campaign in 2008. It is a fine tribute to Saul Alinsky as we approach his 100th birthday.” – Letter from L. DAVID ALINSKY, son of Neo-Marxist Saul Alinsky

Obama helped fund ‘Alinsky Academy’: “The Woods Fund, a nonprofit on which Obama served as paid director from 1999 to December 2002, provided startup funding and later capital to the Midwest Academy…. Obama sat on the Woods Fund board alongside William Ayers, founder of the Weather Underground domestic terrorist organization…. ‘Midwest describes itself as ‘one of the nation’s oldest and best-known schools for community organizations, citizen organizations and individuals committed to progressive social change.’… Midwest teaches Alinsky tactics of community organizing.”

Hillary, Obama and the Cult of Alinsky: “True revolutionaries do not flaunt their radicalism, Alinsky taught. They cut their hair, put on suits and infiltrate the system from within. Alinsky viewed revolution as a slow, patient process. The trick was to penetrate existing institutions such as churches, unions and political parties…. Many leftists view Hillary as a sell-out because she claims to hold moderate views on some issues. However, Hillary is simply following Alinsky’s counsel to do and say whatever it takes to gain power.

Obama is also an Alinskyite…. Obama spent years teaching workshops on the Alinsky method. In 1985 he began a four-year stint as a community organizer in Chicago, working for an Alinskyite group called the Developing Communities Project…. Camouflage is key to Alinsky-style organizing.

While trying to build coalitions of black churches in Chicago, Obama caught flak for not attending church himself. He became an instant churchgoer.” (By Richard Poe, 11-27-07)

The Alinsky Tactics (and of course they can be combined) from the Progressive Bible Rules for Radicals:

“Tactics are those conscious deliberate acts by which human beings live with each other and deal with the world around them. … Here our concern is with the tactic of taking; how the Have-Nots can take power away from the Haves.” p.126

Always remember the first rule of power tactics (pages 127-134):

1. “Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have.”

2. “Never go outside the expertise of your people. When an action or tactic is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear and retreat…. [and] the collapse of communication.

3. “Whenever possible, go outside the expertise of the enemy. Look for ways to increase insecurity, anxiety and uncertainty. (This happens all the time. Watch how many organizations under attack are blind-sided by seemingly irrelevant arguments that they are then forced to address.)

4. “Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules. You can kill them with this, for they can no more obey their own rules than the Christian church can live up to Christianity.”

5. “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon. It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage.”

6. “A good tactic is one your people enjoy.”

7. “A tactic that drags on too long becomes a drag. Man can sustain militant interest in any issue for only a limited time….”

8. “Keep the pressure on, with different tactics and actions, and utilize all events of the period for your purpose.”

9. “The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself.”

10. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this unceasing pressure that results in the reactions from the opposition that are essential for the success of the campaign.”

11. “If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside… every positive has its negative.”

12. “The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.”

13. Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it. In conflict tactics there are certain rules that [should be regarded] as universalities. One is that the opposition must be singled out as the target and ‘frozen.’…

I think Alinsky would have been proud of Obama’s Correspondence Dinner speech… of his whole presidency.

Using Alinsky’s Tactic #5 to perfection “Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon: It is almost impossible to counteract ridicule. Also it infuriates the opposition, which then reacts to your advantage”, President Obama took everything that his opponents: the right in general, patriots, the GOP, people paying attention, etc. are fighting, bringing to the forefront and trying to educate the American people on and ridiculed them by ridiculing each point one by one through making it a joke… thereby making it look silly to the low and uninformed that anyone would question something that was so trivial that the President himself would make fun of.

In 2012 Obama belittled the topics of eligibility; the hot mic incident where he essentially told the Russians to wait until he was re-elected and would have unbridled power to do what he wants; made light of eating dogs; threw in his digs at Romney for being rich and an elitist, at Gingrich for losing the GOP Primary and Hillary for drinking and partying in Cartagena; high-fived all his Hollywood celebrity friends; and basically told us to hang onto our hats for a radical second term… including reinstating ObamaCare if it was struck down and that it would be raining men during his next term (interpreted by most in the know as paratroopers and other military, including UN troops, on American soil).

In 2013 Obama hit the topics of his purported Muslim faith, missing college transcripts, and questionable birth certificate from several angles as well as his socialistic agenda and dislike for the conservative media and conservatives in Congress. He also made fun of the issue of his friends Jay-Z and wife Beyoncé traveling to Cuba on a special visa, when Americans have been prohibited from going there for decades, as well as his campaign to make the results of Sequestration as painful for the public as possible while blaming it on the Republicans using a reference to the White House Easter Egg roll.

Obama is the master… he told us in 2008 and wrote in his books (Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance and The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream (Vintage) (as well as in books about him) all that he was planning to do but most of America wasn’t listening and like with Hitler (in Mein Kampf (German Edition)… nobody read his books; now several like Dreams from My Father (try to borrow an vintage copy to read)have been edited and re-written. But again, Barack Hussein Obama’s weekend comedy routine at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner was generally only funny to those who have not been paying attention or who have continued to drink the Kool-Aid.

Related:

Nerdprom 2013: Inside The White House Correspondents’ Dinner Pre-And-Post Parties

White House Correspondance Dinner – 2008

White House Correspondents’ Association

Rolling Stone: Obama Jokes About His Legacy and Jay-Z at White House Correspondents’ Dinner

12/1/12

EXCLUSIVE! Benghazi GUN-RUNNING & The Russia, China, Iran, Syria PIPELINE

Ask Marion

Exposing Benghazi Baloney

Benghazi… The Cover-Up That Just Keeps Growing

After a Tuesday morning meeting with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice, Senators John McCain, Lindsay Graham and Kelly Ayotte said concerns they had about Rice’s misleading statements regarding the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya which resulted in the deaths of the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans have grown, not diminished.

McCain, R-AZ, had said he might oppose Rice’s nomination to replace Hillary Clinton as secretary of State because Rice should have known the statements she made in interviews just a few days after the Sept. 11 attack were false.

In those interviews, Rice repeated the Party line about the attack having emerged from a protest over an anti-Islamist video. Rice apparently parroted that narrative in order to satisfy the needs of Obama’s re-election campaign. The narrative, much of which had already been repeatedly trumpeted during the Democratic National Convention was, al Qaeda had been decimated and was losing ground, public sentiments in the Middle East toward the United States had improved, and the attack was in no way connected to Obama’s foreign policy. It was later learned there the attack was a well-organized terror assault by an al Qaeda related group timed for the anniversary of 9/11.

David Petraeus, former director of the CIA, testified under oath before a congressional investigative committee that from the beginning the CIA had advised the White House that the Benghazi attack was an organized assault by al Qaeda linked terrorists. Petraeus also testified that the approved CIA report was later changed to diminish terrorist involvement.

After meeting with Rice, Graham, R-SC, said: “The bottom line is that I’m more disturbed than I was before … about how four Americans died in Benghazi, Libya by Ambassador Rice does not to do justice to the reality at the time.” Rep King admits that CIA approved Rice’s talking points: See Video.

Plus now we find out that Susan Rice is worth $44 million. She’s made a fortune off of oil companies that do business in Iran. No joke!! Susan Rice is now under fire from left for investments in Keystone pipeline firm.

And of course the MSM (lamestream bias media) keeps trying to take us all back to the Petraeus sex scandal. Those paying attention realized quickly after the Petraeus Resignation that there were several cover-ups going on. Now the questions seems not to be if, but how many, including the cover-up of the cover-ups hidden from the public until after the 2012 election.

Benghazi GUN-RUNNING & The Russia, China, Iran, Syria PIPELINE

Conservative Report Online – by Chip Jones on November 16, 2012:

While the country intellectually “channel surfs” between the Petraeus Sex Scandal, the questions of voter fraud, the imminent resignations of administration officials and the ever present pall of Benghazi, let’s put on the table the yet unexplained but critical geo-political underpinnings of the burgeoning scandal behind Benghazi.

Much like everything in the Middle East, the story behind the story that’s behind the story of our “embassy” in Benghazi is one of global petrochemicals. But before we get there, we need to review a little history of our “embassy” in Benghazi.

First off, it’s not an Embassy.

The USA’s Libyan embassy is located in the capital city of Tripoli—not Benghazi. The compound at Benghazi is no more than a CIA facility set-up to arm the ‘rebels’ who ultimately overthrew Moammar Qadaffi. It is important to note, as it turns out, the Libyan ‘rebels’ were substantially Al Qaeda.

After the United States’ successful stint at “leading from behind” in the Libyan campaign, this CIA “gun store” shifted purposes. Now (or at least on Sept. 11), the CIA “gun store” was being used for a similar purpose.

Instead of arming the Libyan rebels, it was repurposed to arm ‘rebels’ in Syria who are opposing the Assad Regime. Given Assad’s jaded history of human rights violations, this, on the surface, has some appeal.

Do not view Syria through rose colored glasses, and from the focal point of a “feel good policy,” but consider the real interest at stake: Syria is the holder of one of the largest natural gas reserves on the planet. As with all large petrochemical reserves, there is a line of folks who would like to get their greedy furnaces wrapped around them.

Enter two factions:

On one side, there is the coalition comprised of Russia, China, Iran and Syria, who intends to harvest the natural gas and build a pipeline to Georgia, freeing the sale of this precious natural gas to the petrochemical guzzling giants of Russia and China.

On the other side is Turkey & Qatar, who are backing the Syrian rebels in an attempt to profit from the sale of that same natural gas via pipeline to the Mediterranean.

And in the most clandestine of ways, Israel is partnering with Turkey, Qatar & the Syrian ‘rebels’ forming the most unholy of unholy alliances. They are throwing their lot in because the devil of the unknown Syrian is better than the devil of the known Iran, who would undoubtedly use the proceeds of this pipeline to complete its nuclear program.

Israel’s role has been confined to simply amassing a troop buildup on the Golan Heights that border Syria. This coupled with a bellicose Turkey on its other border leaves Assad’s Syria strapped militarily, necessitated by facing the two threats on its opposing borders, and leaving them vulnerable to the Syrian rebels who can slowly pick their bones.

What is interesting, but certainly not a coincidence, is that this very plan for the destabilization of Syria was developed at the Brookings Institute, the DC think tank.

Now, let’s “fast forward” to Benghazi and the American role in this geo-political chess game, other than just the Brookings strategy.

It is well known that President Obama’s only true personal friend on the world stage is the Prime Minister of Turkey. So, we need to look carefully at who the direct-link is, arming the Syrian rebels, and that is Turkey.

Does Turkey have advanced-weapon manufacturers? No, of course not. Does Turkey even have a wealthy central government? No.

In steps the Prime Minister of Turkey’s good buddy, President Obama. Paraphrasing and shortening, I assume words of this kind passed between the PM of Turkey & Barack Obama, “Mr. Prime Minister, I happen to have this CIA ‘gun store’ in Benghazi….”

The CIA compound in Benghazi was collecting weapons from Libyan’s, who were once loyal to Qadaffi. The CIA was then rendering the weapons ‘as outdated, in disrepair, or inoperable’—thus creating a constant stream of seized-weapons to satisfy NATO, and shipping the “operable weapons” to Syria via Turkey, through clandestine channels.

Ladies and Gentlemen, here’s the rub. Take a quick guess who the Syrian rebels are?

Those of you who answered: “Al Qaeda,” would be correct. So, what we have here is the second instance where the CIA facility in Benghazi was used to arm Al Qaeda.

And by the textbook definition, the act of arming your enemies is called Treason.

11/10/12

Time for First Nations to lay it on the line

By: Mischa Popoff, B.A. (Hons.) U. of S.
Policy Advisor for The Heartland Institute
Research Associate for The Frontier Centre for Public Policy
Osoyoos BC
IsItOrganic.ca

Getting kicked off a flight for being inebriated must’ve been troubling for New Democrat MP Romeo Saganash. But it was even more troubling for me.

Put aside for the moment the fact that Saganash is a tax-and-spender I’d never vote for. As a member of the House of Commons he represents all Canadians. He also represents all First Nations people across this great land. So it was with great skepticism that I listened to his rationalization that he was “greatly affected” by the death of NDP leader Jack Layton, and worn down by his campaign to succeed Layton. In the end, Saganash only revealed how completely unfit he is for any such leadership position.

It’s time to stand up and be a man! Everyone, and I mean everyone, is looking at you Saganash. And we’re willing to forgive you – even those of us who’d never vote for you – as long as you come clean.

It should not escape Saganash that there is a conspicuous lack of First Nations people like him involved in Canadian politics. Why? Simple. Because smart natives are busy running their band offices collecting six-digit salaries as chiefs, executive assistants to chiefs, and whole bevy of other made-up position that don’t exist in the real world.

With few exceptions, Canada’s reserves waste human talent and generate countless drug-and-alcohol addicted and perpetually unemployed First-Nations people who find themselves trapped on the wrong end of a nepotistic system that denies them the right to even own property.

By giving First Nations people what we euphemistically refer to as “self government,” we have given rise to an inherently corrupt system and, most ironically, have guaranteed there will never be a First Nations prime minister in this country, never mind a cabinet minister worthy of note.

Where, pray tell, is the First Nations’ equivalent to Barack Obama coming up the ranks? Or Alan West for that matter? Is he sitting in Parliament? Perhaps working at the provincial level? If he is, or if she is, it would come as news to me because I have not heard of such an individual since Elijah Harper, the Cree member of Manitoba’s Legislative Assembly who voted against the Meech Lake Accord back in 1990!

People like Saganash are the exception to the quintessentially Canadian patriarchal rule that First Nations people belong on reserves. He has every reason to be proud of his achievements OUTSIDE of the totalitarian, supremacist control of Canada’s racist Indian Act. And even though he lost his leadership bid, he nonetheless has every reason to be proud of having mounted a campaign that everyone − again, even people like me who’d never vote for him or his party – followed with interest.

However, having spoken with more than a few successful chiefs, the sad fact of the matter is that none of them, and none of their top people, have plans to ever seek higher office. Why bother? They already hold the highest offices in the land, with a potent combination of political and free-enterprise authority that you literally cannot find anywhere, unless you go to the Third World or Middle East.

Not since medieval times, during the age of feudalism, has such hereditary, undemocratic power even existed in Western society. And so, the good chiefs like Robert Louis of the Westbank First Nations and Clarence Louis of the Osoyoos Indian Band, remain forever ensconced in their fiefdoms, never to grace the rest of Canada with their wisdom, foresight and enthusiasm. Never.

Instead, were stuck with the likes of Saganash who, in addition to being a tax-and-spend socialist, would have us believe Jack Layton’s death over a year ago was worth getting drunk over. Pathetic.

Canada’s First Nations deserve better. So does the rest of Canada.

This Democracy
Mischa Popoff is a freelance political writer with a degree in history.

10/23/12

CBS Ohio Focus Group ‘Undecideds’ vote for Romney 6-2 over Obama

By: Jeffrey Klein
Political Buzz Examiner

Last night, during the third and final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney, several unexpected and noteworthy things happened, which took most political watchers by total surprise.

First, and most immediately apparent, was the fact that Mitt Romney all but ignored the flaming Benghazi-gate torch, even though everyone, including the president, was expecting him to finish the fight that began during the second debate last Thursday night, when moderator and CNN host Candy Crowley infamously aided Barack Obama’s claim that he did, in fact, label the incident an ‘act of terror,’ during this ‘Rose Garden speech’ the next day.

Why?

To immediately create an ‘anti-climax,’ and drain the adrenaline out of Barack Obama.

Then, Gov. Romney carefully agreed with President Obama on a number of ‘inarguable’ foreign policy issues, fostering a surprising calm with the unsuspecting president, right before he cleverly pivoted the conversation back to the economy–the undisputed ‘hot button’ for a vast majority of voters in the upcoming election.

Video: Ohio Independents pick Romney 6-2 over Obama

When Romney deliberately stated that the president’s failed foreign policy strategy had not only squandered the international reputation of the United States, but by running up four years of massive budget deficits, exploding national debt and impending, sacrificial military budget cuts, quickly drew the ‘disoriented’ Obama into deep water–without a life preserver.

This caused the president to ‘come off the rails’ and begin throwing ‘barbs’ at Romney, in an attempt to ‘belittle’ him before the national audience, while alternatively locking onto him with a ‘death stare’ as the Governor was attempting to address his points.

Great optics, Mr. President–just what ‘Undecided’ voters want to see.

In an infantile effort to parry Romney’s promise to curtail the budget cuts to preserve the ability of our military to protect and defend our country, Obama mocked the Governor’s apparent lack of knowledge–by referring to a legion of unused battle tanks parked in the Middle East desert, saying we don’t need anymore–because of these things called aircraft carriers, which have jet fighters that take off and land on them.

Too bad for Barack Obama that it sent a clear signal to the thousands of high-skilled, well-paid workers in Ohio–where the Abrams M1A1 battle tanks are manufactured.

And, the president’s snarky remarks probably didn’t make any points with the folks who live and work in Norfolk, Virginia–home to the world’s largest U.S. Navy base.

Finally, Governor Romney chose to ignore the Libya situation, during the only debate dedicated to ‘foreign policy,’ because it was not his objective to roundly defeat the president, which he did in the first debate–but rather, to project a balanced, elegant ‘presidential’ persona in what he knew may be the last, ‘true’ experience the American people would have with him before the election.

As a tactical bonus, Barack Obama’s narcissism and desperation caused him to reveal his arrogant, inner ‘bully,’ which will likely hack precious points from his ‘likability’ score–the only ‘edge’ he had left with ‘Independent’ and ‘Undecided’ voters.

And, as fate would have it, CBS News was right on the ball, by having organized an 8-person ‘Undecided Voter’ focus group to gauge the outcome of the debate, in Steubenville, Ohio, the most critical battleground state, according to Ed Morrissey’s Hot Air blog today.

Watching the 39 second CBS News video segment archived to the left, wherein ashen-faced CBS Anchors Norah O’Donnell and Charlie Rose solemnly watch the group vote giving Gov. Mitt Romney a decisive 6 to 2 win over President Barack Obama is very satisfying.

The entire 3:19 minute CBS News video is accessible from the link in Ed’s article.

It was my pleasure–you are all very welcome.

10/14/12

Not Your Typical 14 Year-Old, Malala Yousafzai

By: Imran O Kazmi

Malala Yousafzai

This is a short and sweet article, if you may call it such, in the avalanche of news reports and opinions on this brave kid… more of a critical look at what happened, why and what’s to come.

Much is being spoken today of the young girl from Swat, Pakistan – Malala Yousafzai, a 14 year-old who faced bullets just to fight for the right of the girl-child for education. While many genuinely condemn the attackers, the TTP (Tehrik e Taliban of Pakistan), many stand to gain profit politically or otherwise by aligning with Malala, after all she’s the hottest news topic! And anybody who’s somebody is talking about her. Why such a sudden sense of attachment with a girl who’s one of tens of millions in a similar fate, day in and day out? One is compelled to ask sans any reasonable answer.

Few are aware that TTP or not, the fate of girls like Malala in Pakistan is doomed from birth, a gender biased society that rewards “sons” and frowns at newborn girls to the extent that a woman may have to give birth half a dozen or more times to appease her husband and in-laws with a prized “boy” and if not, she’s either tortured and/or a new wife is brought in her place. In such a backdrop, we have sweet Malala, born in the summer of 1997 to Ziauddin Yousafzai… a poet, school owner and educational activist and lucky she was for in her environment, girls are often denied education and are made to work like slave labor at their parents’ home first and then the same is repeated at their husband’s home. Boys don’t fare significantly better either, poverty is almost raison d’etre of the masses. Few are aware that boys go through sodomization at the “Madressah” or Islamic Religious School oft times (much like the Church scandals, only worse) and are made to work as mechanics under tons of trailers, trucks or cars from a tender age, whereas in the US or Europe or MidEast they play with toys at home or playschool. Ironically, Islam has from its inception, advocated education or “Ilm” as the foundation for all Muslims, regardless of any discrimination and it is in the name of the SAME Islam that these girls and boys are persecuted by the TTP!

Malala grew up with the loving encouragement of her family, into an educational activist and blogger from the tender age of 11. Since 2009, she started writing for the BBC courtesy of her dad’s journalist friend who wanted a school girl’s view of the prevailing academic atmosphere. Later on, Adam B. Ellick of the New York Times made a documentary, with appearances at press conferences, on the status quo which resulted in the wrath of the TTP as death threats were made to her dad, Ziauddin. Seeing all this mayhem and madness, Malala decided to pursue politics so she could save her country.

Through the wicked circle of poverty, illiteracy and narrow minded perception of so-called custodians of Islam, the TTP, Malala met a bullet on October 9, 2012. While riding home in a bus from school, they were intercepted by masked gunmen who asked for her by name and threatened that if they hid her, they would shoot all of them. They shot her twice in the neck and head, and left her to die.

Today she’s still on a ventilator at the Army Hospital amidst “talks” of airlifting her to Dubai or Germany, something that should have been done much earlier. However, Malala is still not out of danger as I write these words and my fingers tremble to write what if she were to be no more? And then I remember the Swat school girlfriend of Malala, who, after her assassination attempt said, “Every girl in Swat is Malala. We will educate ourselves. We will win. They can’t defeat us,” – and I could feel hope somewhere in the dark corners of my mind.

Back in 2009, when Malala was learning to speak her mind from the beautiful yet chained frontiers of NWFP/Swat, I wrote a blog: http://learningpays.wordpress.com/, aimed specifically at using education to eradicate terror and poverty from the masses. It is “the” future were someone to action it.

Few takers, but an assassination attempt seems to have momentarily woken up all around, for how long I ask? And to what end?