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June 30, 2010
Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the Middle East
It is truly a pleasure to see clarity spoken by a known public figure about an issue where there has been none. In a few sentences Ayaan Hirsi Ali demonstrated that she knows more about the Middle East than all the pundits put together.
What was a territorial conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis was transformed into an Arab Jewish, therefore ethnic conflict and then from there expanded into a religious conflict . Now, that conflict, that process, is no longer about the people on the ground, on that strip of desert. That territorial conflict has between 1948 and now gone from territorial and ethnic conflict to a major religious and civilizational- symbolic conflict, Now 1.57 billion Muslim people seem to have put their religious destiny into that conflict, and the outcome they want is the eradication of Israel . I hate to be the bearer of bad news but that is the objective.
I wish all the western and Israeli politicians would see this interview and read her book Nomad . I wish they would borrow some dignity and courage from this remarkable woman and stop embarrassing themselves and our civilization.