May 22, 2010

HOPEFULLY HER BOOK TOUR DOESN'T TAKER HER TO ARIZONA:

REVIEW: of Nomad: A Personal Journey through the Clash of Civilisations by Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Michael Burleigh, The Scotsman)

Her previous book, Infidel, chronicled her flight from an arranged marriage and the oppressions of Islam to a new life in the Netherlands. She went from being a cleaner, via a political science degree, to becoming a MP, all in a remarkably short time; from the Middle Ages to modernity would be another way of putting it. Much of that book's fascination derived from the glaring contrasts between sunny Kenya (her family's place of exile) and the grey, generous and orderly Netherlands where she conned her way in, posing as a refugee from Somalia.

This deceit was dredged up by a party colleague, the former prison governor and immigration minister "Iron" Rita Verdonk, who sought to expatriate her. This episode, and the subsequent cravenness of Amsterdam neighbours who resented the conspicuous security Ms Ali warranted in the wake of the killing of Theo van Gogh, led to Ali's relocation to the US and a post at a prominent think tank. [...]

Ali is especially incensed about the ways western societies turn a blind eye to female circumcision or honour killings, the most blind of them all being critics of "colonial feminism" who think it is imperialist to criticise Third World barbarities, especially if the perpetrators are non-white males. In a move that seems almost designed to compound Ali's problems, this self-proclaimed atheist argues that the Christian churches should proselytise among Muslim immigrants to counter the Saudi-funded Wahhabism that has infiltrated itself, termite fashion, into so many European mosques.

One wonders what admirers as Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens will make of Ali's enthusiasm for Pope Benedict XVI and the "enlightened" Catholic Church, wherein, she argues, the rot of appeasement is less advanced than among Protestants. This is a bold and passionately written book, essential for any politician dealing with the closely related problems of Islamism and immigration.


Didn't taker her long to assimilate.


Posted by Orrin Judd at May 22, 2010 8:39 PM
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