Clearly this Canadian anchor thinks little of the U.S., but Ayaan Hirsi Ali, known more for her fierce characterization of Islam as antithetical to free will, will have none of it, saying choicely: “You grew up on freedom, so you can spit on freedom.” Hirsi Ali’s repeated defense of America against all those who reflexively attack modern American culture in favor of “traditional” values or cultures (which I can only surmise need such affirmative action in defense of some alleged intentional American imperialist design) cuts to the bone: “My criticism of the West, especially of liberals, is that they take freedom for granted.” This interviewer provokes her again to the same point: it’s not about America’s failures, and indeed, they are many–it’s about what America offers to every American. Here’s the video:
The Somali refugee who sought political asylum in the Netherlands, and eventually became a member of that country’s lower house of Parliament, who faced death threats because of her involvement in the movie Submission, which was critical of Islam’s treatment of women (and whose director, Theo Van Gogh, was murdered with identical justification), migrated to the U.S. in 2006. She now works at the American Enterprise Institute, has published a bestselling autobiogaphy entitled Infidel, and is working on stoking the fires further: her next book, Shortcut to Enlightenment, reportedly imagines how the prophet Muhammed would react if he traveled to the New York Public Library and encountered the works of Enlightenment philosophers.
Unsurprisingly, Hirsi Ali still faces death threats, this time from extremists within the U.S.