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From what I hear, it is not simply her name. It is that she lied about fleeing the Somalia civil war when in fact she had been living in Kenya for 12 years and that it is also possible she lied about having an arranged marriage (although the second point is much more questionable). Either way, it undermines here life narrative, which she uses as a means of legitimizing her attacks on Islam as some kind of latter day Soltzyzyn (sp?).

I think that her journey to the AEI is not surprising in the least. I'm surprised you can't see here obvious ideological affinity with the institution. She supported the Iraq War. She has basically an anti-Islamic neoconservative. She makes some valuable criticisms of Islam, but she also quite clearly a provocateur who has personal axes to grind and doesn't really show a great deal of ability for useful dialogue or ways forward. Becauase Islam isn't simply going away, even if she may hate the religion.

by Ben P (wbp@u.washington.edu) on Wed May 17th, 2006 at 12:11:35 AM EST

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