May 9, 2014

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

One for brother jg:

I am often told that the average Muslim wholeheartedly rejects the use of violence and terror, does not share the radicals' belief that a degenerate and corrupt Western culture needs to be replaced with an Islamic one, and abhors the denigration of women's most basic rights. Well, it is time for those peace-loving Muslims to do more, much more, to resist those in their midst who engage in this type of proselytizing before they proceed to the phase of holy war.

It is also time for Western liberals to wake up. If they choose to regard Boko Haram as an aberration, they do so at their peril. The kidnapping of these schoolgirls is not an isolated tragedy; their fate reflects a new wave of jihadism that extends far beyond Nigeria and poses a mortal threat to the rights of women and girls. If my pointing this out offends some people more than the odious acts of Boko Haram, then so be it.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali (giants walk the earth in smaller forms) meaningfully corrects the translation of "Boko Harem:
The translation from the Hausa language is usually given in English-language media as "Western Education Is Forbidden," though "Non-Muslim Teaching Is Forbidden" might be more accurate.

More importantly and reminiscent of jg's post, she calls for some (what is the Arabic word for cojones?) from moderate Muslims and western apologists.
How to explain this phenomenon to baffled Westerners, who these days seem more eager to smear the critics of jihadism as "Islamophobes" than to stand up for women's most basic rights? Where are the Muslim college-student organizations denouncing Boko Haram? Where is the outrage during Friday prayers? These girls' lives deserve more than a Twitter hashtag protest.

A superb piece -- holler if you'd like it emailed.

War on Terror Posted by John Kranz at May 9, 2014 11:28 AM

Emailing not required. Rupert must agree with me on the importance of this piece, for it is available without subscription.

I find it easily the most important article I've read this year, perhaps even since 9/11 - THE 9/11.

"The kidnapping of the schoolgirls throws into bold relief a central part of what the jihadists are about: the oppression of women. Boko Haram sincerely believes that girls are better off enslaved than educated. ... nothing is more anathema to the jihadists than equal and educated women."

The central issue here, morally justified by the "pure principles of the Prophet" is a profound illiberalism. One which permits one class - devout Muslim men - to do anything his heart desires to every member of any other group. A "license to rape" is a popular selling point to young men.

But what explains the defense, nearly universal amongst western liberals, of this anti-woman movement? To begin with, western liberals aren't liberal. Their youthful history is comparable to that of many third-world Muslims in that the "pure principle" of whatever socialist movement one may involve himself with claims a moral license for nearly any level of excess, including violation of others' rights, to achieve the end goal of that principle.

This is why I was very interested to read Hirsi Ali's more precise translation of Boko Haram: "Non-Muslim Teaching is Forbidden" rather than "Western Education is Forbidden." Western education, in large part, has been co-opted by the very socialist movements that have parallels in Islamism. Which leads me to wonder what the Hausa language translation would be for "Non-Egalitarian-Socialist Teaching is Forbidden."

An awesome article, jk. Profound thanks for posting it.

Posted by: johngalt at May 9, 2014 3:15 PM

Also outside the wall is, perhaps, the finest article ever in a political magazine: Parallel Lives. Frederick Douglass, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, and the flight to freedom

Posted by: jk at May 9, 2014 3:53 PM

The Refugee doffs his cap to Brother JG. The analytical comparison between Islamic and western "liberal" pure principle is brilliant - the most insightful statement The Refugee has read in a long time.

The Refugee promises to use this simile, er, liberally. Don't expect any royalties, however.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at May 9, 2014 8:05 PM

The only royalty I seek is wider distribution. Spread the words, brothers and sisters.

Posted by: johngalt at May 9, 2014 9:38 PM

There happens to be an immediate example of "egalitarian-socialist teaching" that is worthy of translation. How about "non-Common Core teaching is forbidden?" Translation: U.S. Department of Education.

George Will:

"This is a thin end of an enormous wedge of federal power that will be wielded for the constant progressive purpose of concentrating power in Washington, so that it can impose continental solutions to problems nationwide."

Posted by: johngalt at May 11, 2014 12:12 PM

Common Core is the topic of Liberty on the Rocks, Flatirons Monday night. Creek don't rise, the lovely bride and I are there.

Posted by: Jk at May 11, 2014 7:35 PM

I wonder if the speaker will touch on any of this most notably the connections between Common Core's creators and one Bill Ayers, education "reformer", Chicago. Perhaps you've heard of him?

Posted by: johngalt at May 12, 2014 2:21 PM

If the word of a blogger isn't good enough for some folks, here's an exhaustive piece from The New American. It doesn't mention Ayers but does reference John Stuart Mill's "despotism over the mind" warning about government schools.

This also caught my eye:

Another controversial non-profit involved in Common Core is the Carnegie Corporation of New York, an establishment powerhouse that funds everything from the Council on Foreign Relations to the Atlantic Council.

Unsurprisingly, the CFR itself has been a staunch proponent of the standards.

Let's start asking all of our FB Friends if we really want to have the schools that the Carnegie Corporation wants us to have. Also, CFR support explains why some Republicans support this disastrous plan.

Posted by: johngalt at May 12, 2014 2:31 PM

I read most of the "Parallel Lives" article. Very good, but page three is remarkably long and I had to skip over some.

It is very good. Two takeaways: Firstly, perhaps I too need to love all of my fellow men, including the Islamists and the World Socialists - yet redouble my hatred for Islamism and World Socialism. I proudly note I've begun that journey with the phrase, "I like President Obama but I hate his ideas." Secondly, 'The Columbian Orator' is still in print, and in a Kindle edition to boot. $6.99 I hope to soon read it to and with my young children.

Posted by: johngalt at May 12, 2014 2:56 PM

I started a new post for Common Core. And coughed up the seven bucks for Columbian Orator, thanks for the tip.

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