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Against Submission (review of Ayaan Hirsi Ali's "INFIDEL")
NY Times ^ | March 4, 2007 | IAN BURUMA

Posted on 03/03/2007 5:20:45 PM PST by neverdem

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INFIDEL

By Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Illustrated. 353 pp. Free Press. $26.

In the fall of 2002, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, then a junior researcher for the social democratic party in the Netherlands, was invited to stand for election by the rival conservative party. She thought about it, and decided that if she were to enter politics, she would embark on a “holy mission” to have the statistics of female victims of so-called honor killings around the world officially registered. Honor killings are common in (but not unique to) Muslim societies, where the shame of adultery, or even rape, is such that for some men it can be wiped out only by murdering the women involved.

Hirsi Ali’s stated aim was commendable, even if her claim that this “is the largest, most important issue that our society and our planet will face in this century” is perhaps a trifle overblown. But her choice of words is curious. Why a “holy” mission? By her own account in “Infidel” she “had left God behind years ago.” Once a devout Muslim, she was now an atheist: “I was on a psychological mission to accept living without a God, which means accepting that I give my life its own meaning.” Hence the title of this fascinating account of her life.

I know from having spoken to her on several occasions that she resents people attributing her views, including her conversion to atheism, to her personal experiences. She insists that she arrived at her opinions intellectually, and not because she was traumatized, say, by being painfully circumcised as a child, or brutally beaten by her religious...

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: ayaanhirsiali; infidel; islam; wot
IAN BURUMA sounds familiar, but the clown messed up a good review with the last paragraph, IMHO.
1 posted on 03/03/2007 5:20:50 PM PST by neverdem
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To: neverdem
Ian Buruma is misconstruing the main point that Ayaan Hirsi is making but that's no surprise from leftists.

The issue is not that Ayaan Hirsi is making a "naive" claim about the west being perfection and that there are no wrongs occurring anywhere in this western nirvana. The point that she wants to make -- actually she is making 2 main points -- is that the west IS THE BEST THAT WE'VE GOT to offer humanity and we better protect and secure it before it's too late, and the second point is to wake the world up to the real enemy of the west which is islamist fascism which is so full of wickedness, and evil and deranged goals.

Apologists of islamism in the west have to be shaken out of their own "naive" "simplistic" notions of "dialogue" and "respect" for something they have no concept and understanding of, and that's is the goal she is pursuing.
2 posted on 03/03/2007 6:08:08 PM PST by parisa
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To: neverdem
I saw her on C-span. She was incredibly impressive. She had the courage to say that 3/4 of the things Muhammed said do not make any sense in today's world. Brave woman. I wonder if Oprah will ever have this courageous, intelligent, black woman on her show?

I am going to buy her book on Amazon right now.

3 posted on 03/03/2007 6:27:48 PM PST by redgirlinabluestate
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To: neverdem

btt


4 posted on 03/03/2007 6:46:15 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: neverdem
That means she's marked for death since opting out of Islam is like opting out of a gang... there's only one way to renounce your membership - the coffin.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelologus

5 posted on 03/03/2007 6:48:18 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

She got a big pair of gonads.


6 posted on 03/03/2007 7:21:36 PM PST by neverdem (May you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows that you're dead.)
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