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  1. I’m really disappointed in Andrew Sullivan. I know he used to be a neocon and reacted like an hysterical twit after 9/11, but he changed for the better in many respects. But some of the old stupidity resurfaces from time to time.

  2. Ayaan Hirsi Ali blames Islam for the miseries of the Muslim world. Her new autobiography shows that life is too complex for that …

    Dark Secrets

    (The Economist) Feb. 8, 2007 – Even the title of her new autobiography reflects her talent for reinvention. In the Netherlands, where Ms Hirsi Ali got her start campaigning against the oppression of Muslim women, the book has been published under the title “My Freedom”. But in Britain and in America, where she now has a fellowship at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, it is called “Infidel”. In it, she recounts how she and her family made the cultural odyssey from nomadic to urban life in Africa and how she eventually made the jump to Europe and international celebrity as the world’s most famous critic of Islam.

    Some of the best passages in the book concern this part of her life. As a teenager, Ms Hirsi Ali chose to wear the all-encompassing black Arab veil, which was unusual in cosmopolitan Nairobi. “Weirdly, it made me feel like an individual. It sent out a message of superiority,” she writes. Even as she wore it, Ms Hirsi Ali was drawn in other directions. She read English novels and flirted with a boy. Young immigrants of any religion growing up with traditional parents in a modern society will recognise her confusion: “I was living on several levels in my brain. There was kissing Kennedy; there was clan honour; and there was Sister Aziza and God.”

    Ms Hirsi Ali sounds less frank when she tells the convoluted story of how and why she came to seek asylum at the age of 22 in the Netherlands. She has admitted in the past to changing her name and her age, and to concocting a story for the Dutch authorities about running away from Somalia’s civil war. (In fact she left from Kenya, where she had had refugee status for ten years.) She has since justified those lies by saying that she feared another kind of persecution: the vengeance of her clan after she ran away from an arranged marriage.

    However, last May a Dutch television documentary suggested that while Ms Hirsi Ali did run away from a marriage, her life was in no danger. The subsequent uproar nearly cost Ms Hirsi Ali her Dutch citizenship, which may be the reason why she is careful here to re-state how much she feared her family when she first arrived in the Netherlands. But the facts as she tells them about the many chances she passed up to get out of the marriage—how her father and his clan disapproved of violence against women; how relatives already in the Netherlands helped her to gain asylum; and how her ex-husband peaceably agreed to a divorce—hardly seem to bear her out.

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali is not the first person to use false pretences to try to find a better life in the West, nor will she be the last. But the muddy account given in this book of her so-called forced marriage becomes more troubling when one considers that Ms Hirsi Ali has built a career out of portraying herself as the lifelong victim of fanatical Muslims.

    h/t Hurria @BooMan – “Somali-born politician admits lying to get asylum.”

    1. The Dutch government official who stripped AHA of the Dutch citizenship for lying was wrong because citizenship (as I know personally) is conferred in the Netherlands by a specific naturalization law (usually listing many names) passed by the “Tweede Kamer” of parliament and signed (in those days) by the Queen. Only the “Tweede Kamer” and the “Crown” could therefore legally take her citizenship away. It was upon the very strong urging from the Tweede Kamer that Minister (=secretary) Rita Verdonk canceled her voiding of AHA’s citizenship to avert a government crisis (“regerings crisis”) and getting the Queen involved (AHA had the right to petition the crown in her case).

  3. Andrew Sullivan suggested that the US should nuke Mecca after 911. I can see why he might be willing to forgive someone who advocates genocide against Muslims.

    1. Has Suliwan got the Moral Courage Award from the American Jewish Committee? Ayaan Hirsi Ali has got it (in 2006).
      American Jewish Committee = the dean of American Jewish organizations (as New York Times describes the organization). Through innovative programs, education, research and extensive diplomatic outreach and advocacy, AJC works to advance freedom, liberty, tolerance and mutual respect Strange ways in trying to get mutual respect. What if a very influential Muslim organization would give moral courage awards to some former Jew who makes aggressively money and reputation by criticizing the numerous religious and cultural peculiarities among the different Jewish groups. Ayaan Hirsi Ali knows perfectly well that the male dominated cultural / religious habits of African horn (Somalia) and Saudi Arabia origin from already from times before Islam. Most Muslims around the world have a “milder” habits.

      Ayaan Hirsi Ali has found a easy (=little work) and profitable way of life like a few before her. Speaking and writing some articles full of bad things about Islam and Muslims, follows by a shower of money from Jewish Funds, media propotion by the large “loyal” media and think tanks in order to promote Israel’s propaganda. Plus the extra income from Christian extremists. Worth the Moral Courage Awards indeed.

  4. If AHA had remained in Kenya the world would have never known who she is which is possibly why she left. In my book she is a smutter (= a seller of smut). To those who tell me that she has the right to criticize Islam I respond that she has no idea what the art of rational critique is. Smutters do not know. In the USA written smut is obviously still protected by our constitution. In the Netherlands filmed smut caused a murder.

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