Tuesday, May 16, 2006

reaction from the American Enterprise Institute

Ayaan Hirsi Ali's future employer has publicly confirmed her employment, and also expressed anger at the happenings in the Netherlands.

The president of the Institute wrote:

We appreciate that your views have been controversial and are likely to remain so; we believe that controversies such as these, when conducted in a spirit of civility and reasoned inquiry, are essential to intellectual progress, and are to be welcomed rather than feared.

In your application and in our recent conversations, you envisioned joining AEI in the autumn. I understand that subsequent political developments in Holland may lead you to wish to accelerate the date of your appointment. If that is the case, I will be happy to work with you to arrange a starting date that accommodates your new circumstances. Let me add that I have been deeply angered by the unfair and partisan attacks that have been leveled against you and have admired your courage and forthrightness in the face of this hounding.

"unfair and partisan attacks", "houndings"... what strong language!
Is he correct in saying that debate and being controversial is something to be feared in the Netherlands?

UPDATE 18 May 2006

US Undersecretary of State Robert Zoellick just said today in Den Haag that "[AhA] is a courageous and impressive woman, an important person from whom we can still learn from in the United States". So she is more than welcome.

1 comment:

whoami123 said...

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We eat like a pig.
We like to play chicken.
You can get someone's goat.
We can be as slippery as a snake.
We get dog tired.
We can be as quiet as a mouse.
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Some of us are as strong as an ox.
People try to buffalo others.
Some are as ugly as a toad.
We can be as gentle as a lamb.
Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
Some of us drink like a fish.
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A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
You can get a frog in your throat.
We can be a lone wolf.
But I'm having a whale of a time!

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May I suggest that you do
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as your revering audience.
As soon as we acknowledge
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Please remember to never
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a season for every activity
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to be quiet and a time to
speak up. A time to love
and a time to hate. A time
for war and a time for peace.

Best wishes for continued ascendancy,
Dr. Whoami

P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
that the common culture of my youth
is gone for good. It was hollowed out
by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
then splintered beyond hope of repair
by the emergence of the web-based
technologies that so maximized and
facilitated cultural choice as to make
the broad-based offerings of the old
mass media look bland and unchallenging
by comparison."