Why words are still the most powerful weapons of all

small__303591206It has been a long time since someone’s words spoken in a speech have moved me to put my hands up in admiration, but this example had me absolutely enraptured – and in tears.

Here is a 16-year-old girl, Malala Yousafzai, with the mind of a genius.

Someone who has been through the sort of hell that would totally annihilate most of us – shooting by the Taliban included – but who has risen up beyond her injuries and persecution as a Muslim woman with something to say, and is now saying it.

She doesn’t have the option of hitting back at her critics with guns and explosives, as they use.

But her words – brave, brave words – will wipe the floor with thousands of those cowardly “terrorists” who hide behind excuses which, although ostensibly based on religions like Islam, are just excuses for stupid, illiterate and bovine behavior.

Let’s celebrate this brave young woman’s beliefs here:

I find this girl’s views enthralling, and forming a blueprint for the future that most western politicians might find a little too realistic for comfort.

What do you think? Is she right? Please share your views.

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  1. Interesting, if rather cynical, response to Malala’s speech in a letter from “a senior Pakistani Taliban leader” …

    According to this article on the BBC’s News website, he “has said he was “shocked” by his group’s near-fatal attack on schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai last October. The Taliban was universally condemned after gunmen shot Malala in the head. In a letter to Malala, Adnan Rasheed stops short of apologising but says he wished the attack “had never happened”.

    I’ll bet he does.

    Read the whole article here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-23347425

    • What a strong, brave young lady! And yes, very powerful words used in her speech made tears come to my eyes. She certainly has a wonderful outlook on life, a super=sweet Spirit and countenance. I wish more just like her were brave enough to take a stand for their rights to education and equality. However, I do understand that taking a stand for “change” is hard, especially when you’re up against a violent group of terrorists…that, I can’t imagine.
      I’m so proud of Malala. I pray that her voice reaches from one end of the earth to the other. Even us, as adults, have so much to learn from her.
      A must-see for anyone and everyone, indeed!
      Thanks for sharing Suze! Again, you’ve brought us something “beautiful” (in many ways) to read! I love seeing that you have posted something new! I always love reading things you’ve written…
      Yours Truly,
      Paige Collins

      • What has made many of us angry is that sickly response to her from the Taliban leadership. Seems even terrorists now are trying to play the media. I hope Malala has the good sense not to return home to be a good girl like the Taliban so cynically suggest.

        And thanks so much for your very kind words, Paige – I really appreciate them! xx

  2. What a moving speech…what a brave girl…