Some families do fight back.
After his Taliban father was killed, a 12 year old boy was told he was to be trained as a suicide bomber to avenge his father’s death.
But instead, when his desperate mother found this out, she asked her relatives to help her smuggle the boy out of the country to save his life:
worried family members pulled all their resources together and paid for him to be spirited out of Afghanistan to escape the clutches of evil Taliban leaders.After a traumatic journey across several countries, the boy was smuggled into Britain, probably hidden on the back of a lorry. Later he was questioned by immigration officials in Croydon, Surrey.
Of course, a lot of the parents in his new UK school are worried, and if the article is right, they should be worried because he isn’t the only jihadi trained boy smuggled into the UK: the difference is that, unlike him, we don’t know if the famlies of these other children will try to reeducate them into the ways of peace.
If one peruses the anti Jihadi web pages, one reads of children being indoctrinated as suicide bombers.
Those who see Islam as a monolith then use this terrible information to stress the problem is not with extremism but with that religion itself, because they rightly ask why the parents don’t stop the children’s indoctrination.
Well, one could point out that parents who object to such indoctrination might be killed. And those of us who remember World War II know that a similar indoctrination was done by the Nazis to Hitler youth.
As this pamphlet shows, many back then questioned if such indoctrinated youth could be taught the ways of peaceful democracy.
But the real lesson is that not every family supports the radicals, and one prays that their opposition will not result in their being killed by local Taliban.
Finally, not mentioned in the article: was the Taliban father, or a local man? The dirty little secret is that the Taliban included many foreigners who pressured locals into giving them a daughter for marriage. If this was the case, then the decision of the family to oppose the Taliban is more understandable, since this practice of forced marriage has been one reason for locals to turn against them not only in Afghanistan but in Iraq.
Even in areas where fathers, not the women themselves, choose the husbands, the fathers do usually try to chose someone who will love and care for their daughters.
Nancy Reyes is a retired physician living in the rural Philippines. Her website is Finest Kind Clinic and Fishmarket.