Sunday, March 11, 2007

Ayaan Hirsi Ali Tells It Like It Is

(All emphases by Always On Watch)

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Most readers here are probably familiar with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. For those who are unfamiliar with the story of this brave woman, as well as for those who are, Glenn Beck's interview of this brave woman is posted HERE. If you've never before seen that video, please take the time to watch it. It's worth your time!

The following is brief background information on Ayaan Hirsi Ali's bestselling book Infidel, from this source:

["Infidel"] describes the escape of a young Somali woman from sexual chattelhood to a new life in Holland and then (after the slaying of her friend Theo van Gogh) to a fresh exile in the United States.
Yesterday,'s Opinion Journal published a powerful piece about Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Excerpts from "Free Radical: Ayaan Hirsi Ali infuriates Muslims and discomfits liberals":
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is untrammeled and unrepentant: "I am supposed to apologize for saying the prophet is a pervert and a tyrant," she declares. "But that is apologizing for the truth."


"...The West is falling apart. The open society is coming undone."

Many liberals loathe her for disrupting an imagined "diversity" consensus: It is absurd, she argues, to pretend that cultures are all equal, or all equally desirable. But conservatives, and others, might be reasonably unnerved by her dim view of religion.
She does not believe that Islam has been "hijacked" by fanatics, but that fanaticism is intrinsic in Islam itself: "Islam, even Islam in its nonviolent form, is dangerous."

The Muslim faith has many variations, but Ms. Hirsi Ali contends that the unities are of greater significance. "Islam has a very consistent doctrine," she says, "and I define Islam as I was taught to define it: submission to the will of Allah. His will is written in the Quran, and in the hadith and Sunna. What we are all taught is that when you want to make a distinction between right and wrong, you follow the prophet.
Muhammad is the model guide for every Muslim through time, throughout history."

This supposition justifies, in her view, a withering critique of Islam's most holy human messenger. "You start by scrutinizing the morality of the prophet," and then ask:
"Are you prepared to follow the morality of the prophet in a society such as this one?"


The most grievous failing of the West is self-congratulatory passivity: We face "an external enemy that to a degree has become an internal enemy, that has infiltrated the system and wants to destroy it." She believes a more drastic reaction is required: "It's easy," she says, "to weigh liberties against the damage that can be done to society and decide to deny liberties. As it should be. A free society should be prepared to recognize the patterns in front of it, and do something about them."
Read it all! Consider what this young woman is saying. We in America think of our nation as one which cannot be undermined by an antithetical ideology. Ayaan Hirsi Ali states otherwise.

[Hat-tip to Fausta, who posted about this at Maverick News Media and at Fausta's Blog]


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posted by Always On Watch @ 3/11/2007 05:00:00 AM