- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Under guard

“Ayaan Hirsi Ali can’t leave her Washington home without guards.

“Born a Muslim in the African nation of Somalia, she was treated as property. …

“Granted exile in the Netherlands, Hirsi Ali rose like cream and was elected to the Dutch parliament. …

“Filmmaker Theo Van Gogh, the great-grandnephew of the famous painter, made her movie — but paid for it with his life. His Islamist murderer used a dagger to pin a note, promising Hirsi Ali’s death, to the director’s chest. Unsafe, and unwelcome to many, Hirsi Ali came to America last year and was able to live pretty much like a normal person.

“But her new autobiography, ‘Infidel,’ is out now and the usual suspects are furious that she would argue for the liberation of Muslim women. Due to serious and credible threats, she is once again surrounded by guards. …

“[T]oo many people still don’t understand what our country is up against. They might if they read her book.”

— Fred Thompson, in a Friday commentary on ABC Radio

German view

“Anti-Americanism is hypocrisy at its finest. You can spend your evening catching the latest episode of ‘24’ and then complain about Guantanamo the next morning. You can claim that the Americans have themselves to blame for terrorism, while at the same time calling for tougher restrictions on Muslim immigration to Germany. You can call the American president a mass murderer and book a flight to New York the next day. You can lament the average American’s supposed lack of culture and savvy and meanwhile send off for the documents for the Green Card lottery. …

“Today, when Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad talks about a world without Israel while dreaming of an atom bomb, it seems obvious that we — as Germans of all people — should be putting two and two together. Why shouldn’t Ahmadinejad mean what he says? But we Germans only know what we believe.

“The Americans are more dangerous than the ayatollahs? Perhaps the Americans should take the Germans at their word for a change. It’s high time for a new round of re-education. The last one obviously didn’t do the job.”

— Claus Christian Malzahn, writing on “Evil Americans, Poor Mullahs,” March 29 in the German magazine Spiegel


“I flew up to Washington [March 29] … for the Media Research Center’s 20th annual gala, the DisHonors Awards. It’s a terrific show they put together every year. …

“One of the new things they’ve started is the annual ‘William F. Buckley Award for Media Excellence.’ I, quite fittingly, was the first recipient of this award. …

“I can’t really describe what an honor this is, because of the importance — and although he had no clue at the time — that Mr. Buckley has played in my whole career, and even my life prior to the career starting. My father and William F. Buckley Jr. are the two primary inspirational figures and idols that inspired and motivated me throughout my life.

“I grew up instinctively conservative, but it was those two figures which helped me to understand why and to be able to explain it and not just spout instincts, and in the process being able to inspire others, and that’s how this works. One inspires someone else. One learns how to express what they think and feel, and that inspires others in turn.”

— Rush Limbaugh, on his syndicated radio program Friday

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