Friday, October 05, 2007

What is going on with Ayaan Hirsi Ali?

Hirsi Ali is going back to Holland. The official reason is because the Dutch governement does not want to pay for her bodyguards anymore.

I say "the official reason" because, while the story about the body guards is true in itself, I can not help thinking that there is more to it then meets the eye. For a couple of years now Hirsi Ali was the darling of the US conservative establishment because of it's anti-jihad stance even though her thoughts on other topics supposedly dear to them such as religion in general were rather perplexing. And what was the reaction of these conservatives to her departure? Nothing. Nada. For a couple of days not a word on conservative publications or blogs(save a couple of exceptions)about Hirsi Ali having to go back to Holland and put her life in danger since jihadist death threats are the main reason why she left Holland for the US in the first place. She was not simply attacked or ostracized, she became nobody, airbrushed like a purged Poliburo member from the times of Stalin.

Only yesterday did Robert Spencer, a long time supporter of Ali, react oh JihadWatch, citing preoccupation with other matters as a reason for the delay. But the tardiness could prove costly for Hirsi Ali because had the reaction been immediate it could have put pressure on either the US or Dutch governement to keep protecting her.

In any case, the story is quite peculiar. Not because of the actions of the US and Dutch governements which, sadly, could have been expected, but because of the reactions, or the lack thereof(at least for the time being) of those who have been voices of reason in the past years when it comes to global jihad.

1 comment:

1389 said...

I added some information about Ayaan Hirsi Ali at the end of a blog swarm post about Mohammed cartoons and the use of death threats to stifle free speech. I have not blogged much lately because I have had bronchitis, and at the same time, my SUV was stolen. I agree with you that we need to turn up the volume on this, and I would like to participate in the effort. You or I could start and run a new blogburst on her behalf, if need be, but the effort would be more likely to work if it were championed by a more established blogger with a much bigger readership. Congratulations on your wedding!