Malala Yousafzai, the 2014 co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, has condemned Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from traveling to immigrating to the United States.
Speaking at commemoration marking the anniversary of the Taliban massacre at a military school in Peshawar, Pakistan which claimed the lives of 148 people (including 134 children) Malala stated that Trump’s remarks would only “radicalize more terrorists.”
As with Andrew Cuomo, I think Malala’s critique is off the mark. If organizations like ISIS and the Taliban are already predisposed to towards killing children there’s nothing Donald Trump can say to affect their behavior. To say that Donald Trump is responsible for anyone joining ISIS or the Taliban gives him a power he simply doesn’t possess. Those who join ISIS or the Taliban are simply evil people and they alone are responsible for their words and deeds.
Nevertheless, I think Trump’s proposal fails to distinguish between Malala and the Taliban who shot her. If Trump honestly thinks Malala and the Taliban are morally equivalent then he truly has lost his way and if we elect Trump then we will have lost our way as well.