Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Muslims should protest terrorism, not cartoons

posted at 12:10 pm on November 21, 2007 by Bryan

If this were Fark I’d give it the “Obvious” tag, not so much for what Hirsi Ali says but for why it won’t happen.

Dutch author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the target of death threats for her criticism of radical Islam, says Muslims must demonstrate their anger when terrorism is committed in the name of religion, just as they did last year when newspapers published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad.

Muslims must make a moral choice to defy extremists who use their religion to justify terrorism, the Somali-born former Dutch lawmaker said during a debate late Tuesday in London organized by a think tank, the Center for Social Cohesion.

“Muslims, I believe, should take to the streets when, in the name of their prophet, people are beheaded and passengers are blown up — not only when drawings of Prophet Muhammad are made,” she said, referring to last year’s mass protests in Muslim countries over Danish newspaper cartoons.

Sitting a few meters (yards) behind her on the stage was a bodyguard, a reminder that she lives under round-the-clock protection since the 2004 murder of Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh in Amsterdam.

Van Gogh was shot and stabbed by a Muslim radical offended by the film “Submission” about oppressed Muslim women, for which Hirsi Ali wrote the script. The killer, now serving a life sentence, pinned a letter threatening Hirsi Ali on Van Gogh’s chest with a knife.

The location of the debate was kept secret until the last minute, and the audience of policy makers, academics and journalists was carefully selected.

They have to be, lest someone sneak in and kill her. And that says all that needs to be said, doesn’t it.

Read the whole thing to hear from former radical Islamist and now moderate Muslim Ed Husain. He says some encouraging things. But the fight he’s in is very much uphill and against the winds and the tides.


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Protesting terror takes guts. Less and less people have those.

MadisonConservative on November 21, 2007 at 12:19 PM

Does it occur to anyone else that this woman is soooo very much smarter than any of our current presidential hopefuls? Why hasn’t one of them thought about this? Could it be because terrorists don’t vote? Or is it just that terrorist’s votes can’t be bought?

Griz on November 21, 2007 at 12:19 PM

First political exile from Western Europe in 60 years
(but not the last).

RobCon on November 21, 2007 at 12:28 PM

Protesting terror takes guts. Less and less people have those.

MadisonConservative on November 21, 2007 at 12:19 PM

I guess, but most people are so perplexed as to the crazy mindset of the all those brainwashed muslums that no sane person even wants to deal with them in any capacity. I know I don’t.

saiga on November 21, 2007 at 12:31 PM

Protesting cartoonists sounds much more fun than protesting terrorists, and everyone knows that Muslim protestors are all about the fun.

tikvah on November 21, 2007 at 12:34 PM

Sunsara should sit down and listen to Ayaan speak, maybe she’d learn something, but probably not. People like her refuse to hear anything other than what they believe. Ayaan lived through and survived the nightmare of growing up female in an islamic nation, but that wouldn’t be enough to convince an America-hater like Ms. Taylor, who’d rather protest her own country, knowing that nothing will happen to her. Sunara, you don’t need a bodyguard, Ayaan does. What does that tell you?

Tony737 on November 21, 2007 at 1:23 PM

When I start hearing “moderate” imams issuing fatwas against “radical” imams for mis-interpretation of Islam, then I’ll know Ed Husein’s arguments are going somewhere.

But in 1,300 years, has that ever happened?

desertdweller on November 21, 2007 at 1:28 PM

It’s easy to protest cartoons. The cartoonists don’t respond by killing you.

Bigfoot on November 21, 2007 at 2:12 PM

“Muslims, I believe, should take to the streets when, in the name of their prophet, people are beheaded and passengers are blown up — not only when drawings of Prophet Muhammad are made,” [Hirsi Ali] said, referring to last year’s mass protests in Muslim countries over Danish newspaper cartoons.

Until this starts happening on a large scale, the Muslim world can never be accurately called “civilized.”

Yet Hirsi Ali is treated as a pariah.

logis on November 21, 2007 at 2:49 PM

Husain blamed the rise of extremism in Britain on the government for allowing radical clerics a platform during the 1980s and 1990s. He said Western Islam is in its formative stages, and the kind of Islam fostered in the West today will shape the religion for decades to come.

“Young Muslims in Damascus, Jeddah, Cairo and Rabat look to us to see how it is we young Muslims come to terms with being Muslim in the heart of the west,” he said. “If we fix it here for this generation we have every chance of sending a beacon of hope back into the Muslim East.”

Speakup on November 21, 2007 at 6:19 PM

The world has regressed since 9/11, and it’s not President Bush’s fault. History will sadly reflect this when it’s way too late.

I disagree with him on many items, but on the fight against Islamo-fascism he started out right. Kumbaya took over, inclusively in Washington, D.C., unfortunately.

Entelechy on November 21, 2007 at 10:43 PM

you all are still donating to the Ayaan Hirsi Ali Security Trust fund, right?

tlynch001 on November 22, 2007 at 12:47 AM

First political exile from Western Europe in 60 years
(but not the last).

Good point. But, would a president hillary send her back like her miserable, cowardly, cheating husband sent Elian Gonzalez back to Cuba?

Zorro on November 22, 2007 at 8:27 AM

I’ve watched a number of interviews of Ms. Ali, both on TV and on the Net. This is one incredibly impressive lady. Besides her obvious beauty, she’s extremely intelligent, tremendously well-spoken and dignified. The inner woman is as beautiful as is the outer.

DavePa on November 23, 2007 at 12:53 PM