Hirsi Ali’s power to persuade lies in her dramatic personal story and the public persona she has constructed. She has marketed herself as a expert native informant who has emerged out of the dark heart of radical Islam and into the light of Western civilization. Her tale is an uplifting, comforting one that tells many Westerners what they want to hear about themselves and their perceived enemies. With anti-Muslim attitudes at their peak across Europe and the US, her sweeping critique of Islam as an endemically violent faith has enormous cachet. The only problem is that like her writings on Islam, much of what she has told the public about herself is questionable.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali loopt op dit moment de media af om haar laatste boek te promoten.
Max Blumenthal houdt haar vertellingen eens tegen het licht, en komt tot de conclusie dat ze het niet zo nauw neemt met de feiten. Noch over de islam, noch over zichzelf.