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I'm currently listening to Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali on audiobook. It's an autobiography about a Somali woman who lived in various Muslim countries before immigrating to the Netherlands, learning Dutch, and becoming a member of Parliament. She also helped produce the film Submission with director Theo van Gogh, who was murdered by Muslim fanatics. In October, the Dutch government suspended support for her protection, so she now has to foot the bill for her own bodyguards.

Extreme conservatives don't like her because she's an atheist from having seen too much religious extremism up close. I saw a quote where she said that on her book tour many people come up to her asking if she's looked into Christianity as an alternative after rejecting Islam, and she basically says she's happy to be free of the forced submission and obedience of one religion and isn't really looking for a milder version of the same thing.

Extreme liberals don't like her because she's a black woman from a Muslim country who has become adamantly pro-American, and pro-Western, and defies their expectations of cultural relativism, i.e. that the people who live under despotic Islamic rule actually like it.

I'll have a more thorough review of the book when I'm done, but in the meantime, check out this interview between her and Canadian talkshow host Avi Lewis, who would fall into the liberal camp. He mocks her for valuing the American dream and its vastly increased social and economic mobility (compared to, say, Somalia or Saudi Arabia). I especially like her closing line: "You grew up in freedom and you can spit on freedom because you don't know what it is to not have freedom." What an ass this guy is. Have a look:

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