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Bridget Johnson


October 19, 2012 - 1:30 pm

Amazing news in the tragic tale of a 15-year-old student activist shot in the head by the Taliban: Malala Yousufzai stood up with help from her hospital bed in Britain today, ten days after the assassination attempt. The hospital released this photo, with Malala’s blessing, of the girl whose only “offensive” was to speak out for girls’ right to education and speak against the Islamic extremists in Pakistan who want to keep girls in the dark.

Doctors said that Malala is able to write, and may be able to speak in a few days when she gets her tracheotomy tube out. The bullet hit her left brow and traveled down through the base of her neck. After recovering to a sufficient degree, she’ll need reconstructive surgery on her skull.

This girl is not yet done by any stretch with the Islamic militants who have overrun her home. Meanwhile, the Taliban have been ordered to target journalists covering the shooting because Hakeemullah Mehsud, head of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, is upset about the bad press.

The Taliban’s “justification” for shooting a schoolgirl in the head? “We did not attack her for raising voice for education. We targeted her for opposing mujahideen and their war. Sharia says that even a child can be killed if he is propagating against Islam.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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