More audio: Ayaan Hirsi Ali on WNYC

posted at 10:49 am on May 9, 2006 by Allahpundit

New Vent on warrior women is up. Here’s some more audio I found last night, this time from an interview Ali did with Brian Lehrer of WNYC radio. Note what she says towards the end about who the real “tiny minority of extremists” are.

Full interview is here. Previous audio of Ali is here. Watch the Vent and buy the book.

Update: I’m officially smitten.

In part, says Hirsi Ali, the problem is economic. Europe’s regulated economies prevent immigrants from working their way up the economic ladder. “In the United States,” she says, “an immigrant can start a nail shop, and save money. In the Netherlands, you need a diploma to open a nail shop and you must navigate 1,001 rules and regulations. So migrants go on welfare, which kills your dignity and makes you resentful.”

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So migrants go on welfare, which kills your dignity and makes you resentful.

Add a little dash of ingrained racism, and 8,973 vehicles go up in flames.

For her the issue is clear — Europeans value free speech and separation of church and state, and immigrants must learn to accept those values if they want to be part of their adopted country. That is the line she wants Europeans to draw.

“We fought for centuries for those values,” she says. “These are cultural achievements and we must defend them. This has nothing to do with disrespect for someone’s religion.”

Is she single? I could learn Dutch…

Mark Jaquith on May 9, 2006 at 11:32 PM

God bless and protect this brave woman.

She doesn’t sound so “leftist” to me (ref. previous thread). She sounds like a Capitalist. First the muslims wanna kill her, now she insults Euro-socialism. islam and leftyism sure do make strange bedfellows.

Check out the book “While Europe Slept”.

Tony737 on May 10, 2006 at 10:52 PM