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Trashing a Freedom Fighter
by Robert Spencer
The New Yorker carried last week an attack on freedom fighter Ayaan Hirsi Ali that borders on the obscene in its extenuation of evil and denigration of those fighting against it: "Islamismism: How should Western intellectuals respond to Muslim scholars?," by Pankaj Mishra.
Mishra begins by asking some questions, to which he clearly believes that Hirsi Ali has supplied the wrong answers:
There is a great deal wrong with this right at the outset. Pankaj Mishra is suggesting that Ayaan Hirsi Ali believes "Muhammad was a pervert and a tyrant," and that Islam promotes terrorism and enslaves women, and all the rest of the charges above, because she experienced "bigotry and intolerance among her former co-religionists," was "genitally mutilated as a child in Somalia," was "briefly radicalized," and so on. In other words, if she hadn't had such terrible personal experiences with Islam, she wouldn't regard it with such a gimlet eye today.
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