an interview on the show CBS This Morning with Malala Yousafzai, the girl who has been very outspoken in speaking out in favor of more education for Pakistani students, especially girls, since she survived a murder attempt by Taliban terrorists for simply wanting to go to school.
She is very brave, and in this interview she said that she actually told President Obama during an exclusive meeting with him that in the end drone strikes actually lead to more terrorism.
Drone strikes are somewhat effective in killing terrorist leaders, but they often end up killing civilians as well, creating more anger, and a thirst for vengeance that leads to more people joining the fight on the side of the Taliban and other groups who may not have joined before, and may not necessarily agree with their ideology.
What I found striking about this interview, when she was asked about the man who lead the attempt to kill her (he is now the head of operations for the Taliban in Pakistan), and if she was afraid of them she said "why shall I be afraid of someone who is afraid of me already". The Taliban are afraid of her. Why? Because religious fundamentalism, no matter the ideology needs ignorance to reign in order to keep people under control.
They don't want someone like her campaigning for more schools, more education, more opportunities for all (but especially girls and women, who are kept down more than everyone else in a culture like that). Fundamentalism needs ignorance to thrive, and it starts to really bleed out member when they are exposed to the outside world, and real education and information.
Look at abusive Christian fundamentalist groups here in the US, they're struggling. Technology and information has spread to the point that it's making it difficult to keep their members from seeing the outside world (especially the curious/frustrated young people.
Look at what is happening now, young people are leaving because they are frustrated by the hate, frustrated by the antipathy towards the outside, which they are exposed to more often now because of technology, and now with the popularity of the internet, they can see the facts about the propaganda they were taught, and about how fundamentalist groups are either condoning or covering up abuse within their ranks.
Trying to hold back this kind of information, short of extreme measures like cutting yourself off from modern life all together is becoming down right impossible, it's like trying to hold back the water in a dam after it has already broke.
OK, back to my original point, trying to fight the war against terrorists they was we have been doing it just isn't working, we may end up killing many of their leaders, but more rise to take their place (especially after civilians are killed in the process trying to go after them).
So why don't we strike it at it's foundation,(and improve the lives of millions of people in the process)? Fundamentalism needs ignorance to survive, so why not invest in bringing education to the people instead of dropping bombs? Transform cultures into cultures where people are more educated, have better access to basic necessities and to technology, spread information, spread knowledge, spread health instead of war.
It's time the US became a force for good in the world for a change.