One of my own favorite lines from The Hundred Hearts is something Jeremy Merkin says to his grandfather, Al, as they argue about the My Lai massacre:
“When you find yourself pointing a gun at women and children, that’s how you know you’re on the wrong side.”
Someone should relay this bit of information to Adnan Rasheed, the Taliban commander who wrote this letter to Malala Yousafzai to explain why they, um, shot her in the head and left her for dead.
The notion that something like this can be explained is utterly bizarre. Hey, Adnan! You’re a delusional fundamentalist bigot. That’s the explanation for why your men shot a 15-year-old girl for the crime of going to school.