The Taliban want Malala dead. Her response to their threats left Jon Stewart speechless.
Malala has been and continues to be perhaps the greatest living (certainly the youngest) embodiment of peace. Last October, in a piece titled Write On, Malala!, we wrote:
Shots rang out on the school bus. One bullet grazed her brain and one split through her neck. Less than two weeks later she is “… communicating very freely, she’s writing.”
Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old Pakistani education activist who was shot in the head by a Taliban gunman, is also able to stand with help. However, Dr. David Rosser went on to say in this BBC article that although she’s doing very well she’s “not out of the woods yet.”
Now she’s on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She walked to his desk without a hitch in her step and her words literally left him speechless. Here are those words, but it’s worth watching her speak them below:
I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, ‘If he comes, what would you do Malala?’ then I would reply to myself, ‘Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.’ But then I said, ‘If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.’ Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that ‘I even want education for your children as well.’ And I will tell him, ‘That’s what I want to tell you, now do what you want.’