Tuesday, February 01, 2005

Blog About Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the bravest public figure in the West and one of the most courageous women I've ever heard of. Her face should be on t-shirt instead of that totalitarian hack Che Guevara. Imagine if after The Satanic Verses, Salman Rushdie had won a seat in the British Parliment and written a film script critical of Islam and you get an idea of what this woman is like.

A refugee from Somalia, she's currently an MP in Holland. She's a vocal critic of female genital mutilation and of the status of women under Islam. She's been living under constant death threats for many years (and these are serious threats from people who mean it). She lives in safe-houses and travels with a phalanx of armed body guards.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was the friend and associate of the director Theo van Gogh. She wrote the script to the film Submission, shown on Dutch public television to much controversy. When van Gogh was murdered in public in Novemember the killer pinned a letter to his body with a knife. The letter was addressed to Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

Pretty gruesome stuff. She has led a completely unbelievable life, except that it's real. All this, and she's only 35. There's a new blog, Ayaan Hirsi Ali.web-log.nl devoted to her life and work. It's in several languages. Scroll down and watch for the British flag for the English section. There's also a link where you can watch the film, Submission, if you have not already seen it. I think it's about 15 minutes long. And, what guts(!), she's trying to make Submission 2.

There are also some nice photos of Ms. Ali. If that is the face of Islam's critics in Europe, sign me up. Given a choice between her or say, Abu Hamza of Britain, who would you want to spend time with?

Update: Submission was pulled from a recent Dutch film festival for "safety reasons." Mark Steyn speculates about what the sequels would have looked like had van Gogh lived.

"If Theo van Gogh hadn't been killed, he'd doubtless already be working on Submission Part Two, a short film set backstage at a European film festival about a Western culture so reflexively craven that nothing can rouse it to defend itself. Submission Part Three will be about the first Muslim woman to have her unemployment benefit cut for refusing a job as dominatrix in a Frankfurt bondage dungeon.

The Western media might want to rethink their basic narrative: the Iraqi people just took a great leap forward. It's Europe that's looking more like an unwinnable quagmire."

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