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Resenting the Witness (As Usual)

Yesterday, I had a Corner post about an Economist article on the Oslo Freedom Forum. I objected to a reference to Vladimir Bukovsky and Garry Kasparov as “anti-Soviet gadflies.” (Actually, the Economist writer, or writers, wrote “gadflys.”) I said, “What a disgusting way to refer to these men, particularly to Bukovsky, who endured years of torture. And Kasparov is sticking his neck out every day.”

A reader wrote to point out a review of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s new book by Nicholas D. Kristof. The review was entitled “The Gadfly.” Of course, Hirsi Ali has made Western liberals grind their teeth ever since she appeared on the scene: because, I believe, she reminds them of their weakness, and the West’s weakness, in the face of radical Islam. And she reminds them of their unwillingness to protect girls and women (and others) against this radicalism — whether on Western soil or elsewhere.

Anyway, the historian Andrew Roberts devoted a column to attacking the Kristof review, and the whole Western mindset that despises, resents, or recoils against Hirsi Ali: her testimony, her warnings. Go here. All I can say is, “What he said.”


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