Afghan Woman’s Son Killed In Taliban Attack, Kills 25 Militants To Avenge Him

Hell hath no fury like a mother avenging her son.

Reza Gul’s son Malalay was a police officer in the western Farah province. Bordering Iran it is not the safest place in the world.  While manning a checkpoint, Reza Gul’s son, along with his fellow officers were ambushed by Taliban militants.

After hearing the battle and finding her son dead, Reza Gul, along with her daughter and daughter in-law took over the outpost and engaged in a seven hour long gun battle with the men who had killed her son.

Of the incident she said this:

“It was around 5 a.m. when my son’s check post came under the attack of Taliban.  When the fighting intensified, I couldn’t stop myself and picked up a weapon, went to the check post and began shooting back.”

Note that she didn’t say she picked up the weapons at the outpost…she armed herself BEFORE going out there.  Because unlike the misguided delusion that gun control advocates have her in the States, in Afghanistan, people understand that they need to rely on themselves because threats can come from anywhere at anytime.  This is especially true for the women folk because if the Taliban gets their way the women will go right back to being de facto slaves after being raped, punished and humiliated for doing such unforgivable things like…learn how to read.

Liberals want to talk about a war on women?  They can see a real one in Afghanistan.

Some might think I am making light of the situation but the women understood what would happen to them if they were overrun, that’s why their commitment in the face of adversity never wavered.  Said Gul’s daughter in-law Seema:

“The fighting was intensified when we reached the battlefield along with light and heavy weapons.  We were committed to fight until the last bullet.

Reza Gul and her daughters were joined by her husband and youngest son during the 7 hour standoff leading Fatima, her daughter, to quip: “We started a kind of family war against the Taliban” as she spent the battle reloading magazines for her family.

While the actions of this family is awe-inspiring I think the most touching point of this entire story comes from the sentiment expressed by Malalay’s father, Abdul Satar:

“My young son who was a police officer was killed in front of my eyes. I pulled aside his dead body and started fighting to defend my soil to prove that this is the soil of Malalay, the hero. I was committed to give up my life, but not my son’s check post.”

I can’t help but get a little misty eyed reading that.

Abdul and Reza, along with the rest of the family, did Malalay proud and held the ground that he gave his life for.

At the end of the engagement, 25 dead Taliban littered the ground and many others wounded.

Fortunately, Farah Province doesn’t take advice from Mayor Bloomberg for he would have had Reza Gul and her family disarmed and once the police were killed would have been like lambs to the slaughter.  Firearms are the equalizers that keep tyranny at bay.

That is no less true abroad as it is here.


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