The Jerusalem Post today reprints an interview with Dr. Wafa Sultan, described as an Arab—American psychologist. This is one amazingly courageous woman. The interview, which was first broadcast as a debate with a fundamentalist by Al—Jazeerah, can also be read at MEMRI.
"The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of religions, or a clash of civilizations. It is a clash between two opposites, between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that belongs to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the 21st century. It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality. It is a clash between freedom and oppression, between democracy and dictatorship. It is a clash between human rights, on the one hand, and the violation of these rights, on other hand. It is a clash between those who treat women like beasts, and those who treat them like human beings. What we see today is not a clash of civilizations. Civilizations do not clash, but compete."
More power to Dr. Sultan. We need truth—tellers who are not perceived as outsiders to the Muslim world. No decent person is against Muslims as such, but every decent person must be against Islamic tyranny, terrorism, and imperialsm. For women like Dr. Sultan to speak up, they must feel safe and protected, and it is the solemn duty of every civilized government in the world to protect such freedom of expression. Only in that way will the jihad war end in a genuine peace.