November 2014        

Nobel Prize winner Malala: “Socialism is the only answer”

Tomás Mac Síomóin

You would think that the modern Nobel Peace Prize is a CIA invention. Shameless war criminals, like Henry Kissinger and Barack Obama, scooped it, after all.
      So we smell a rat when the capitalist media praise the bravery of its latest recipient, a seventeen-year-old Pakistani girl, Malala Yousafzai, who stood up to Taliban aggression—as if her achievement justifies the US illegal invasion of Afghanistan and that this “helped” the Afghanis, apart from the thousands killed and maimed in the process!
      You would never think from capitalist media reports that the real Malala is an anti-drone activist and committed socialist. When she declared before the United Nations, “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world,” Western media and propagandists (same thing) were happy that she seemed to be ignoring the horrific poverty that is the inevitable result of imperialism’s exploitative mechanisms.
      When she advocated “a glorious struggle against illiteracy, poverty, and terrorism,” only two of these three things were emphasised by the western media. (Guess which one is excluded!)
      For Malala herself understands that education per se cannot provide billions of impoverished people with food, clean water, and health care. She stresses the importance not only of promoting education but also of directly combating poverty—a call that falls on the presstitutes’ deaf ears. The same press that filters Malala’s messages selectively, lauding her advocacy of non-violence, happily acclaimed the obscene violence of the US invasion and occupation of Afghanistan. Though it records her thoughts on education and non-violence, it ignores those aspects of Malala that oppose US drone strikes and capitalism itself.
      Malala met Obama last year in the White House. The press praised Obama and his family for interrupting their busy schedule to meet the teenage activist. She said she “expressed my concerns that drone attacks are fuelling terrorism. Innocent victims are killed in these acts, and they lead to resentment among the Pakistani people.” Obama ignored her, continuing to sign his now notorious Tuesday morning drone death lists. The White House left her comment out of its official statement.
      Just as dishonest is the media silence regarding Malala’s politics. In March 2013 she sent a message to the 32nd Congress of Pakistani Marxists. Her statement reads: “I’d like to thank the International Marxist Tendency for giving me a chance to speak last year at their Summer Marxist School in Swat and also for introducing me to Marxism and socialism . . . I would like to send my heartfelt greetings to this year’s congress. I am convinced socialism is the only answer, and I urge all comrades to take this struggle to a victorious conclusion. Only this will free us from the chains of bigotry and exploitation.”
      This is the “hidden” Malala, who recognises that true liberation takes more than education, that it needs socialist rather than bourgeois democracy. “Socialism is the only answer, and I urge all comrades to take this struggle to a victorious conclusion.” Her call was not recorded by capitalism’s media circus . . .

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