Ayaan Hirsi Ali has now joined the Greek chorus of “conservatives” who decry the positions and tactics of Geert Wilders and the PVV. Our Flemish correspondent VH has prepared a brief report, and includes this note:
Ayaan Hirsi Ali (Conservative?) started with the Socialists (PvdA) and left for the VVD because of the Socialists’ position on Islam (and, possibly, to become an MP and receive protection). She did not leave the PvdA particularly because of its Socialist positions on other issues.
She has also never really been a great fan of Geert Wilders. “His policy is unworkable,” is somewhat of a simple statement for a think tank member. It would be interesting to hear her ideas for dealing with Islamization. PvdA, CDA and VVD still have no idea; on the contrary, they are part of the problem themselves.
Maybe Hirsi Ali is seeking a “moderate Islam” and thinks the West still has a few decades to experiment a little?
VH’s translation of today’s news article:
Hirsi Ali distances herself from Wilders
Former VVD MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali finds Geert Wilders a populist who comes up with unworkable proposals, but she thinks he will win the election. Hirsi Ali says this an interview with the VARA TV-guide [VARA is connected to the PvdA; Labour Party, Socialist].
Hirsi Ali worked closely with Wilders when they both were still VVD MPs. In the meantime he has gone too far, according to Hirsi Ali. “His policy is unworkable. Wilders is a populist who makes clever use of the symbols of Islam, such as the mosque, the Koran, and headscarves.”
Wilders has had so much success, according to Hirsi Ali, because he brings up a real problem that other parties ignore. “Wilders is motivated, tenacious, and steadfast. His campaign is flawless. All indications point to a victory for him.”
The PvdA, the CDA [Christian Democrats], and the VVD [center right] are avoiding the problems around the Islam, according to Hirsi Ali. “If the three major parties come up with answers and form a front against radical Islam, Wilders will lose the election. But I don’t see that happening.” [emphasis added]
In 2006, Hirsi Ali moved to the United States, where she works for a conservative think tank. Her autobiography My Freedom sold more than one million copies worldwide. Monday she will publish the sequel, titled Nomade.
Diana West points out Hirsi Ali’s use of the modifier “radical” when referring to Islam. Does this indicate a change of position on her part? In the past, like Geert Wilders, she has always referred to “Islam” — with no modifiers — as the problem.
VH adds this flashback from 2003:
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 Hirsi Ali shocks PvdA with changeover to VVD — Ayaan Hirsi Ali, the political scientist who was threatened with death following statements about the emancipation of Muslim women, shifted from the PvdA to the VVD. PvdA chairman Koole was shocked. Koole (PvdA): “Her contribution was very welcome. The Labour Party is the party of the emancipation of women. She put that theme very strongly on the agenda.” Koole said that he had not approached her for membership of parliament yet, because he thinks it is too early.
Now that Hirsi Ali will become the VVD candidate for parliament, she can count on security from police again.
Hirsi Ali thinks that the VVD is more positive towards the rights of (Muslim) women than the Social Democrats. She finds that the PvdA too easily hangs onto the supporters of “multiculturalism” and “Muslim conservatism”. The conservative Muslims, according to Hirsi Ali, seem intent on silencing woman. The contacts with the VVD were via the former minister Neelie Smit-Kroes (now EU), who was committed to getting more women into the parliamentary fraction of the VVD.
Hirsi Ali is now ensconced in the AEI, so what the heck is going on here?
Is she climbing on the bandwagon by joining the wave of “anti-fascist” protest that is now being directed at Geert Wilders by traditional American conservatives?
Or, as a newly-minted libertarian, has she adopted the open-borders platform of the libertarians? The pure libertarian position is diametrically opposed to Geert Wilders’ stance on immigration.
I don’t offer any answers to these questions, but this story bears watching.
Hat tip: Paul Belien. Some of the English wording in the translation of the first article was suggested by Paul.