How the Left hate Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Hilary McPhee’s prejudice confirmed

It’s a little late, and sad, that the Left, in the guise of a silly review by Hilary McPhee, should be ringing the lepers bell for Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s already sold out talk in Melbourne later this month.

Hilary McPhee is one of our commentariat who blamed John Howard for the brutal killing of innocent Australians in Bali by Islamic terrorists.  So it comes as no surprise that, in the guise of a book review of the remarkable autobiography Infidel and the latest reflection, Nomad, to mark Hirsi Ali’s visit to Melbourne, she attacks with barely disguised contempt the brave woman who would know more than Hilary could ever dream of about the vile aspects of Islam that make millions of women’s lives nightmares and turn Islamic extremists into fanatical murderers.

What does Hilary think? Well, she thinks Hirsi Ali’s books “aren’t much good”, that they are “disturbing and delusional”, a “gift to those of us who like our prejudices confirmed” — speaking for yourself Hilary? — and that they fail to give us “a more complex and sympathetic picture of the Muslim world”.

She feels the books fail to remind us “that more than 50 countries from Indonesia to Iran through Africa and the Middle East have Muslim majorities and vastly different cultures and histories”. McPhee is clearly oblivious to the progressive and systematic radicalization and cultural colonization of these “diverse” countries by Middle Eastern fundamentalists in the last few decades.

Hilary complains that “a perspective on the role played by poverty, illiteracy and rural conservatism is missing”. Well, Hilary McPhee has lived in the Middle East. Where is her analysis of the role Islamic cultural values play in creating poverty, illiteracy and rural conservatism? But I imagine economics is not one of her strong points.

Of the outstanding book Infidel, she seems to be complaining cynically that it “came at the right time and sold hugely”. Isn’t this the dream of any book publisher? To know exactly what most irks McPhee would be hard to determine. Hirsi Ali criticises multiculturalism, Western feminists, Germaine Greer and Tariz Ramadan. But to top her sins off, Ayaan Hirsi Ali “accepted a job with the ultra-conservative think tank, the American Enterprise Institute, which had provided much of the rationale for military intervention in Iraq and for rebuilding the image of Israel in the world through a conservative alliance with America”. Oh, dear.

But McPhee is generous in her sympathy for Hirsi Ali’s plight. She finishes her irritation in a final sentence: “I can’t help but fear for her.”

5 Responses to “How the Left hate Ayaan Hirsi Ali”

  1. PG Says:

    That last sentence was just to show us how COMPASSIONATE Mrs Mcphee is, that despite her own expert knowledge and her awareness of the destructive capacity of Hirsi Ali’s words on her adorable, progressive, diverse but, of course, sensitive Muslims, she still feels for the enemy. What a woman!

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  3. iris Says:

    Hilary McPhee is a complete idiot who knows nothing of the real world and seems to live in fantasy land high up on a hill somewhere so high that she can’t see what is happening on the ground floor of life. Ayaan has lived in both worlds and knows better than most people what is going on so I would read her books before I would ever read any book or article from Hilary McPhee who seems to want us to all perish which will happen if the western world ignores the islamic cancer that is spreading, the politicians of the western world can’t see it and yet the ordinary people can , of course the politicians have ulterior motives like getting votes and not caring about their own people and society.If they choose to ignore the signs and do not listen to the likes of Ayaan hisi Ali then we are doomed.

  4. Rowena Parkes Says:

    I think it is time we in Australia started to listen to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. She knows of what she speaks, unlike the rest of us who would like everything to be sweet and lovely. Unfortunately life is not like that and it is time we women of the West began to speak up for our Muslim sisters. As for Muslim men saying we should all live under Sharia law in Australia, where is the outrage to this? Who is speaking up? I feel we will be very sorry that we haven’t listened to Ayaan. As for the silly remarks of Hilary McPhee, there are far too many bleeding hearts that wear a leftist slant and tell us all that we are imagining the threat of militant Islamism. Sally Neighbour and he book on the Hutchinson woman would have us believe that really, there isn’t any threat here. I am pleased that some people are ready to stand up and say LISTEN.

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