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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.

And it’s coming from the likes of lefty feminist Kim, who writes about a woman mutilated as a child, in accordance with tribal Muslim custom:

Her view on Islam is too much coloured by her own experience …

Not much you can really say about that, is there?

UPDATE. Aaron emails: “You said there’s not much more to say about Kim criticizing Hirsi Ali. Frankly, sure there is.”

Posted by Tim B. on 05/31/2007 at 04:53 AM
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