Thursday, May 31, 2007
The New Republic’s Paul Berman on hostility towards Ayaan Hirsi Ali:
Something like a campaign against Hirsi Ali could never have taken place a few years ago. A sustained attack on an authentic liberal dissident crying out against injustices in remote parts of the world and even in the back streets of western Europe, a sustained attack that appears nearly to have erased the mention of women’s oppression and the struggle for women’s rights from discussion - no, this could not have happened yesterday, except on the extreme Right.
This is a new event. This is a reactionary turn in the intellectual world.
Her view on Islam is too much coloured by her own experience …
Not much you can really say about that, is there?