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A Bullet to the Head Could Not Dissuade her From Learning

Will Malala Yousafzai win the Nobel Peace Prize?

Sarah Hoyt


October 14, 2013 - 7:00 am

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Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani girl who was outspoken about female education intends to continue learning, despite having paid for her daring by having a Taliban member shoot her in the head.

According to the Telegraph:

She talks with the fierce clarity of a prophet, and observing her calm, resolute gaze is the nearest we will come to knowing what Joan of Arc looked like when she declared: “I am not afraid. I was born to do this.”

Exactly 12 months ago, Malala Yousafzai was in the back of an open truck on the way home from school when a Taliban gunman asked for her by name and shot her in the head. The bullet exited her brain, but they had to remove part of her skull to relieve the swelling. When I heard what had happened, I hoped that she would die. The thought of that eloquent spirit unable to speak or think or hear was unbearable. But she didn’t die.

When she awoke, she was in a Birmingham hospital. Her doctor says she never cried, not once. The eloquence came back, reborn fearlessly in one who had cheated death. A campaigner for female education, she spent less and less time in the classroom herself. She said she missed geography, but there was no time; her job now was making history.

Tomorrow, 16-year-old Malala may become the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Which would restore just a little of my faith in the deeply abused prize. However, my confidence in the committee leads me to say they will give it to Putin, the “tzar” of Russia.

Sarah Hoyt lives in Colorado with her husband, two sons and too many cats. She has published Darkship Thieves and 16 other novels, and over 100 short stories. Writing non-fiction is a new, daunting endeavor. For more on Sarah and samples of her writing, look around at Sarah A. or check out her writing and life blog at According to

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Malal did not win, but she did, in the Oval Office, get to tell Obama that drone strikes against the Taliban, in Pakistan, in Waziristan, create more enemies for America.

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Of course she didn't win. A win for her would have exposed Islam as a misogynist, backward-looking cult that, in the 21st Century is still willing to kill to uphold the most primitive of ideas. And our Western elites are too scared to acknowledge that publicly.
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