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Good morning, it’s Tuesday, July 12, 2016. On this day in 1997, a Pakistani educator named Ziauddin Yousafzai and his wife, Tor, welcomed their first child into the world. The baby was a girl and this Sunni family gave her a proud Pashtun name, Malala.

It would become a name known throughout Pakistan and then the world, uttered with awe in the White House, invoked by former first ladies of the United States, lauded at the United Nations, and honored by the Nobel Peace Prize committee. It was a name that would become synonymous with love of learning, and with moral and physical courage.

Any girl -- any child -- born on this day should be proud to share a birthday with Malala Yousafzai.

I have a further word on her in a moment. First, I’d like to mention that we’ve launched a new vertical site in the RealClear family. RealClearFuture, which debuted yesterday, will be a daily fixture on our pages. Also, as usual, we have a complement of original material from our own reporters and contributors, including the following:

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Thanks to the BBC, Malala Yousafzai was a celebrity in Pakistan before she became a teenager, albeit under the nom de plume of Gul Makki. In 2008, and Malala, then just 11 years old, was writing online dispatches from inside Taliban-controlled territory called “The Diary of a Pakistani School Girl.”

War was raging in Swat Province then, with the Pakistani Army trying to push out the Taliban, which had rescinded all the rights of women and girls, hung the bodies of beheaded policemen who objected from lampposts, and blown up more than 100 schools.

Even writing her blog under a pen name was considered by authorities in the region, not to mention Western war correspondents, as almost unfathomably brave.

Malala herself certainly knew the risks. She had nightmares about it.

“I had a terrible dream yesterday with military helicopters and the Taliban,” she wrote in one matter-of-fact blog post. “I have had such dreams since the launch of the military operation in Swat. My mother made me breakfast and I went off to school. I was afraid going to school because the Taliban had issued an edict banning all girls from attending schools. Only 11 students attended the class out of 27. The number decreased because of Taliban’s edict.”

Eventually, her identity became known. Desmond Tutu nominated her for the International Children’s Peace Prize, which she later won. Pakistan had to invent a prize to give her, which is did: the National Youth Peace Prize.

None of this could protect her; to the contrary, it enraged the small-minded men of the Taliban, who could only conjure up one response: violence.

Interviewed by a Pakistani television crew, Malala revealed her awareness of this likelihood.

“I think of it often and imagine the scene clearly,” she said. “Even if they come to kill me, I will tell them what they are trying to do is wrong, that education is our basic right.”

On October 9, 2012, they did come to kill her, sending a gunman to board a bus as she returned home from taking exams. He shot her in the head, severely wounding her, but not killing her.

Malala recovered, returned to school, wrote a book, and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Laura Bush, writing in The Washington Post, compared Malala to Anne Frank.

“Malala inspires us,” Mrs. Bush wrote, “because she had the courage to defy the totalitarian mind-set others would have imposed on her.”

“Malala is like my daughter -- and yours, too,” Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said after the attack. “If that mind-set prevails, then whose daughter would be safe?”

Carl M. Cannon  
Washington Bureau chief, RealClearPolitics
@CarlCannon (Twitter)

Carl M. Cannon is the Washington Bureau Chief for RealClearPolitics. Reach him on Twitter @CarlCannon.

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