Thursday, February 26, 2009
Via Spencer Ackerman, this video tells the heartbreaking story of a young Pakistani girl whose school was shut down, along with all other schools for girls, by the Taliban in Pakistan's Swat Valley. As you may recall, the government of Pakistan recently negotiated a cease-fire with the Taliban of Maulana Fazlullah, which essentially controls the Swat Valley and which has now instituted Sharia law in the district. Like Spencer, I'm extraordinarily skeptical of claims that this cease-fire will help split Fazlullah away from Beitullah Mehsud's Taliban of the frontier provinces. According to this theory, Fazlullah's main goal was to impose Sharia law upon the Swat Valley, but I have yet to meet a religious fundamentalist of any variety, let alone those who are armed to the teeth, who are content merely to live and let live.