Ayaan Hersi Ali is back in the US. Originally from Somali, she fled to the Netherlands and was threatened by Dutch Islamic terrorists. She fled again to the USA, returned to the Netherlands, and is now back. Her story.
Suppose you were born a woman in Somalia. And suppose you were married off to a distant relative you didn't know. And suppose you escaped all this and fled to the Netherlands, where you enjoy a different life. And suppose the worst elements of Islam followed you there. And suppose, despite international sucess, you were hounded and threatened. And suppose the Dutch government no longer would protect you from those elements which threaten Dutch society. And suppose you had to flee again.
Picture all that and you would have a tiny overview of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who now is in the United States. And hopefully, she feels a little safer.
Christopher Hitchens may not have it quite right in his rants on God, does have it right on many things. The Ali story is one of these. Hitchens in Slate:
Three years ago, at a conference in Sweden, I was introduced to a Dutch member of parliament named Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Originally born in Somalia, she had been a refugee in several African countries and eventually a refugee from her own family, which had decided to "give" her in marriage to a distant male relative she had never met. Thinking to escape from such confines by moving to the Netherlands, she was appalled to find that radical Islam had followed her there—or in fact preceded her there—and was proselytizing among Turkish and Moroccan and Indonesian immigrants.
Her accomplishments, from Wikipedia:
She has received numerous awards for her human rights work, and in 2005, was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. She is currently a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank.Once before in the USA, then forced to leave, and now back again. As Michelle Malkin put it:
As of October 2007 she has been doing this work from a secret address in the Netherlands. Following the murder of Theo Van Gogh, the Dutch government had been financing round the clock security for her. However, they decided to stop paying for protection while she is living abroad. As a result, Hirsi Ali returned to the Netherlands.
According to Anne Applebaum, courageous Islam critic Aayan Hirsi Ali is now back in the US after being forced to leave briefly when the Dutch government moved to revoke funding for her guards unless she returned there. The bad news is, the free speech rights of those who dare to question the “Islam is peace” mantra remain under assault by jihadists and dhimmi apologists
So Ali is back and hopefully she can find a safe and fruitful life in America. Her story is an inspiring one to anyone who has lived in fear.
And she might just testify that she's found freedom and safety in America. Not the fearful fascist Nazi police state that so many on the Left, who have no clue of living in fear themselves, fantasize about.
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