Monday, August 15, 2005

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Hero Of Western Civilization

Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a Member of Parliament in the Netherlands. She is an immigrant from Somalia, who suffered, and underwent genital mutilation, according to the extremist Islam of her countrypeople.

When she emigrated to the Netherlands, she renounced the Muslim religion and set to work attempting to educate Westerners on the abuse of women under Islam.

She made a movie with Theo Van Gogh (great-grandson of Vincent Van Gogh) called Submission, which told of the physical and mental enslavement of women under Islam. For their efforts Theo Van Gogh was slaughtered like a pig in the street, and Hirsi Ali has lived under constant threat that the same will happen to her. She now lives with government provided military security, and sleeps in a different bed every night to avoid attack, many of these being military barracks, and prisons.

Here, in this article from Prospect Magazine, via Little Green Footballs, she explains the inspiration behind this abuse:

The terrorists, and the Shari’a-based societies to which they aspire, have an entirely different philosophy. Humans are born to serve Allah through a series of obligations that are prescribed in an ancient body of writings. These edicts vary from rituals of birth and funeral rites to the most intimate details of human life; they descend to the point of absurdity in matters such as how to blow your nose, and with what foot to step into a toilet.

Muslims, according to this philosophy, must kill those among them who leave the faith, and are required to be hostile to people of other religions and ways of life. This hostility requires them to murder innocent people and makes no distinction between civilians and the military.

In Shari’a societies, women are made subordinate to men. They must be confined to their houses, beaten if found disobedient, forced into marriage and hidden behind the veil. The hands of thieves are cut off and capital punishment is performed in crowded public squares in front of cheering crowds.

The terrorists seek to impose this way of life not only on Islamic countries, but, as Blair said, on western societies too.

At the core of this fundamental challenge to the west lies a pre-medieval figure to whom the London terrorists—along with all faithful Muslims in our modern world—look for guidance: Muhammad. All faithful Muslims believe that they must emulate this man, in principle and practical matters, under all circumstances.

When trying to understand Islamic terrorism, most politicians and other commentators have avoided the core issue, which is Muhammad’s example. The west, before embarking on a battle of ideas, must attempt to understand this figure, and his presence in the daily lives and homes of faithful Muslims today.

It is apparent on reading the Koran and the traditional writings that Muhammad’s life not only provides rules for the daily lives of Muslims; it also demonstrates the means by which his values can be imposed.

Muhammad himself constructed the House of Islam using military tactics that included mass killing, torture, targeted assassination, lying and the indiscriminate destruction of productive goods.

This may be embarrassing to moderate Muslims, but the propaganda produced by modern terrorists constantly quotes Muhammad’s deeds and edicts to justify their actions and to call on other Muslims to support their cause.

Hirsi Ali is not saying that all Muslims ascribe to these beliefs. She is saying that extremist Muslims can and do quote the Koran to justify their actions, and that there are many places in the world where these abuses are commonplace. She should know, it happened to her.

We in the West must face up to these realities. We can't go about figuring out how to eliminate this threat to Human Rights, if we don't first acknowledge the problem.