Profiles in Barbarism: Taliban Gunmen Shoot 14 Year Old Girl in the Head

10.10.12 2:27 PM ET

On Tuesday, masked Taliban gunmen answered Ms. Yousafzai’s courage with bullets, singling out the 14-year-old on a bus filled with terrified schoolchildren, then shooting her in the head and neck. Two other girls were also wounded in the attack. All three survived, but late on Tuesday doctors said that Ms. Yousafzai was in critical condition at a hospital in Peshawar, with a bullet possibly lodged close to her brain.

A Taliban spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, confirmed by phone that Ms. Yousafzai had been the target, calling her crusade for education rights an “obscenity.”

“She has become a symbol of Western culture in the area; she was openly propagating it,” Mr. Ehsan said, adding that if she survived, the militants would certainly try to kill her again. “Let this be a lesson.”

The Taliban’s ability to attack Pakistan’s major cities has waned in the past year. But in rural areas along the Afghan border, the militants have intensified their campaign to silence critics and impose their will.

These craven cowards don't even have the courage to show their faces. I'd be embarrassed too if my life's highlight was trying to murder a teenage girl for the audacity to demand access to education.

For those who wonder why people like me continue to declare "western culture" worthy of defense and admiration, look no further than the tiny, pathetic little men who would assault a girl for going to school.

H/T Tim Mak