Monday, May 08, 2006
"It's the women who explode"
Bret Stephens writes in the Wall Street Journal:
It's a telling fact that the most prominent Muslim critics of contemporary Muslim societies--Ayaan Hirsi Ali in Holland, Irshad Manji in Canada, Seyran Ates and Serap Cileli in Germany--are women. "It's the women who have felt the relapse into Shariah the most," explains Ms. [Necla] Kelek. "The boys might be slaves to their families, but on the streets they are free, and besides they can always look forward to a wife they can suppress. It's the women who explode."Stephens's piece deals with "[t]he rise of fundamentalist Islam" among immigrants in Germany, and his point that "limitless tolerance of 'the other' has replaced the defense of individual liberty as proof of virtue" is valid in much of the world, and sadly so. Read the full thing.