It has never been surprising that after leaving her adopted country of Holland, the hateful anti-Islam polemicist Ayaan Hirsi Ali would find a very welcoming establishment here in the United States. After all even those ostensible defenders of Islam cannot help but tarnish the faith within the same breath, and do so relying on the words of Hirsi Ali. Hirsi Ali fits in well with the anti-Islam American journalist and political establishment. She has a way of making them feel better about their racism, because it is her, the former Muslim, after all who is saying such things not them.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali arrived to the Netherlands seeking asylum on the basis of a fabricated story. Hirsi Ali has sought to portray herself as a victim of a forced marriage and Islamic fanaticism. Nothing could be further from the truth. Her family grew up in a spacious middle class home in one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the Nairobi. Her brother attended a Christian school, though Hirsi Ali went to a Muslim-run academy for education, not religious, purposes.
Though her marriage was arranged, it has not forced upon her. Hirsi Ali likes to state to Western audiences that she sought refugee in Holland to escape her father after she skipped out on her wedding, she claims her father would have most likely committed on honor killing.
In fact, Hirsi Ali stated in contact with her father even after she left and her suitor from Canada visited her in Holland and agreed to a divorce. There never has a threat to her life and before running for the Dutch parliament she herself admitted to the leadership of the right-wing party that was fielding that her asylum story has fabricated.
Hirsi Ali even helped her story, who sought to catch up with her, fabricate a story. In her 2006 book “The Caged Virgin” she states that the her sister sought asylum to escape a forced marriage. But in her 2007 “Infidel,” Hirsi Ali gives an illicit affair and abortion as the reason.
The Economist magazine elaborates:
Ms Hirsi Ali sounds less frank when she tells the convoluted story of how and why she came to seek asylum at the age of 22 in the Netherlands. She has admitted in the past to changing her name and her age, and to concocting a story for the Dutch authorities about running away from Somalia’s civil war. (In fact she left from Kenya, where she had had refugee status for ten years.) She has since justified those lies by saying that she feared another kind of persecution: the vengeance of her clan after she ran away from an arranged marriage.
However, last May a Dutch television documentary suggested that while Ms Hirsi Ali did run away from a marriage, her life was in no danger. The subsequent uproar nearly cost Ms Hirsi Ali her Dutch citizenship, which may be the reason why she is careful here to re-state how much she feared her family when she first arrived in the Netherlands. But the facts as she tells them about the many chances she passed up to get out of the marriage—how her father and his clan disapproved of violence against women; how relatives already in the Netherlands helped her to gain asylum; and how her ex-husband peaceably agreed to a divorce—hardly seem to bear her out.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is not the first person to use false pretense to try to find a better life in the West, nor will she be the last. But the muddy account given in this book of her so-called forced marriage becomes more troubling when one considers that Ms Hirsi Ali has built a career out of portraying herself as the lifelong victim of fanatical Muslims.
So, why does this matter. Because the American media has treated this hateful woman with kid gloves. They have allowed her to spew hatred when she clearly is a dishonest individual with no basis to seek to pass herself off as a scholar.
Hirsi Ali has been asked to review books in The New York Times where she agrees with a anti-Islam: “Harris does not regard Islamic fanaticism as a deviancy or a madness that affects a few Muslims and terrifies many. Instead he argues that fanaticism is the basic principle in Islam.”
In an interview with Reason magazine she called for the defeat of Islam (whether the defeat of a faith meant the defeat of the believers, Hirsi Ali did not say) and when he somewhat shocked interviewed asked is she just meant “radical Islam,” Hirsi protested that no all of Islam must be defeated:
Hirsi Ali: Only if Islam is defeated. Because right now, the political side of Islam, the power-hungry expansionist side of Islam, has become superior to the Sufis and the Ismailis and the peace-seeking Muslims.
Reason: Don’t you mean defeating radical Islam?
Hirsi Ali: No. Islam, period. Once it’s defeated, it can mutate into something peaceful. It’s very difficult to even talk about peace now. They’re not interested in peace.
Reason: We have to crush the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims under our boot? In concrete terms, what does that mean, “defeat Islam”?
Hirsi Ali: I think that we are at war with Islam. And there’s no middle ground in wars. Islam can be defeated in many ways. For starters, you stop the spread of the ideology itself; at present, there are native Westerners converting to Islam, and they’re the most fanatical sometimes. There is infiltration of Islam in the schools and universities of the West. You stop that. You stop the symbol burning and the effigy burning, and you look them in the eye and flex your muscles and you say, “This is a warning. We won’t accept this anymore.” There comes a moment when you crush your enemy.
And the Scholar does even know what type of institution she works in, believing that a organization that advocates political policies isn’t a political institution. “The American Enterprise Institute is not a political entity; all [the journalists today] have asked me that. It’s a think tank.”
And she does not shy away from racist generalizations about the world’s 1.5 billion Muslims: “In a community of over 1.2 billion faithful, knowledge, progress and prosperity are not primary aspirations’. ‘The cultural expressions of the majority of Muslims are still at the pre-modern stage of development. Human curiosity in Muslims has been curtailed.”
But in case you doubted her expertise on Islam, Hirsi Ali wants you to know this: “I was not born in the West. I was raised with the code of Islam, and from birth I was indoctrinated into a tribal mind-set.”
“You are shocked to hear me say these things…you forget where I am from. I used to be a Muslim; I know what I’m talking about.”
As if her upbringing, which as she presents it is a lie, is representative of Muslims. This is akin to an American who hates his own country and spews untruths about it using his nationality as sole credibility.
Hirsi Ali’s book was meet with glowing reviews in the U.S., only Newsweek’s review exhibited the similar criticism as that exhibited in The Economist. Europe already knows about this hate-mongering phony, it’s time America did too.