I admire and respect Malala's journey. But this level of Western applause, this tendency to over-celebrate anybody from the East is all too familiar. It makes it clearer than ever that Yousufzai polarizes her global audience.
Sixteen-year-old Malala has inspired not only children in her own country, but adults all around the world. It would be hard for her to return to Pakistan -- where there's current controversy even surrounding naming a school after her.
Next week, the world descends on New York City for the annual pilgrimage to discuss how to solve the most challenging social, economic and political problems facing our planet today. Call it the "Fashion Week" of social impact.
We are honestly just as normal or as crazy as the rest of the women of the world. We laugh. We cry. We make mistakes. We are women who earn for their families and we are women who are home-makers, or we are both.
The issues to be discussed are numerous, daunting and will take time; whether it is Kashmir, state-sponsored terrorism, Afghanistan or water issues, India and Pakistan need to agree to sit down at a table together to hash it out once and for all.
Democracies differ from tyrannies by their ability to make peace with modern pluralism. And by this test, Pakistan -- a self-declared Muslim state devoted to upholding Sunni Islam -- represents a loathsome retreat into sectarian terror.
The recent leak of the report of the Commission set up to investigate the 2011 raid and killing of Osama Bin Laden (also known as the Abbottabad Commission) has brought to the fore once more the growing radicalization and deepening cleavages within Pakistan.
It appears that one of Pakistan's final bridges to the Western world was destroyed in the recent attack, thus further isolating a country that already has one of the highest disapproval ratings of the U.S. in the world.
If foreigners are seen participating in this much-needed charitable work, terrorists don't just act out on them. They bomb the school and carry off more explosions inside the country to send their message: We don't want you. The rest of Pakistan, well, they are seen as helpless.