Ayaan Hirsi Ali has dedicated herself to the denunciation of the violence, intolerance and above all the misogyny of Islam. Like all those who dare to criticise and/or call for the reform of Islam she lives with a price on her head. Fascist ideologies, whether stalinist, nazi or islamic tend to want to kill those who tell the truth about them.It comes with the territory.
What is almost more appalling though is the way in which some liberals and liberal institutions can and do collaborate with and appease these fascists.
A US place called Brandeis, a self styled liberal "University", has changed its mind about awarding Hirsi Ali an honorary degree. After a little prodding from the Muslim community, Fred Lawrence, its president, decided that on reflection her views " were not consistent with the "University"'s core values".
Whether it was prodding and also the promise of a truckload of petrodollars that helped Fred to change his mind I don't know. What is clear to me is that well besmirched Brandeis can now safely lay claim to having the core values of a tom cat on meths.