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I'd say Miss Hirsi Ali lied rather than fibbed about her origins when she applied to stay in the Netherlands as maintained by Ellian in the article. His use of the word 'fib'  is a piece of transparent spin. Other people have been extradited from the country for precisely the same kind of deception, only they didn't have friends in high, high places. That's what this story is about: and the nasty politics of her party. If she was 'constantly hindered' in her political work --- however she may have regarded her inflammatory behaviour in the horrible Van Gogh episode  among people who absolutely can hardly even deal with the smallest personal insult, namely, the Netherlanders --- is something I can't judge. Surely it is odd that she would have hardly be able to find a place to live in the country. But all in all I have no fear that Miss Hirsi Ali will not be able to take care of herself: she moved from Somalia to Kenya, from Kenya to the Netherlands, from the PvdA (left of centre) to the VVD (right of centre)in the wink of an eye when she was literally promised a seat in parliament and a portfolio after only twelve years in the country, and her latest metamporphosis from the VVD to an extreme rightwing organisation with which Dick Cheney feels entirely at home. She is extraordinarily resourceful, intelligent and self-assured.

About the Economist's cover: CANCEL!. The sales in the little old U.S. of A. will doubtless soar. The schadenfreude about the riots around Paris was right up the right wing's alley. Ditto idem the murder of Van Gogh in Amsterdam. 'You see, we told you so!' The Economist, you see, has a very heavy, lethal axe to grind: Anglo-American is best.

by Quentin on Sun Jun 25th, 2006 at 07:07:53 AM EST
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