ON TUESDAY afternoon, Malala Yousafzai was a 14-year-old girl riding home on a school bus. Now, after a masked gunman apparently boarded her bus, asked for her by name and shot her in the head and neck, she is fighting for her life. Malala was targeted by the Pakistani Taliban because for the past three years she has spoken out for the rights of all girls to become educated.
After this despicable shooting, a Taliban spokesman said his organisation considered Malala's crusade for education rights an ''obscenity'' and accused her of ''propagating'' Western culture. If she survives, the group promises to try again to kill her.