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WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) - Even before she was shot and severely wounded...14 year old Malala Yousufzai had inspired an entire country with her courage and enlightened views. And now perhaps she can inspire us as well.

Since 9-11, All people can remember is the tragedy of the twin towers. Not to mention the fact that countless suicide bomb attacks and IEDs tend to drown out the voice of one courageous pre-teen girl.

But maybe not anymore. If there is an upside to this heinous attack on Malala Yousufzai, it's that the world now knows this face--that of a little girl in Pakistan who wanted to go to school and simply refused to be intimated by heavily armed Taliban bullies. From the age of 11 she's argued the Koran doesn't say girls shouldn't be educated.

And after the Taliban attack on her, Pakistan's top general said...and I quote..."Islam guarantees each individual - male or female - equal and inalienable rights to life, property and human dignity."

Frankly, we don't hear enough of that sorta thing around here. Some might say we haven't been listening. Fair enough. But now at least two things should be frighteningly clear here and over there. And extremists like the Taliban are nobody's friend.