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Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Don't Blame Islamic Terrorism on Economic Woes

Complete video at: Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali rejects the argument that Muslim-American Faisal Shahzad, the prime suspect in the May 2010 Times Square car bombing attempt, was acting less out of zeal for his faith than as a reaction to personal economic woes. Referring to Islamic terrorism in general, Hirsi Ali asks, "Why don't we take these people at their word? Why don't we examine their convictions?" ----- A former member of the Dutch parliament and longtime human rights advocate, Ayaan Hirsi Ali has lived in constant threat for her outspoken beliefs and collaboration with controversial director Theo van Gogh (who was murdered by a radical Islamist). Her journey continues as she discusses starting her new life in America, reconciling with her Islamic past, and learning to adapt to Western values. - Commonwealth Club of Silicon Valley Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an outspoken defender of women's rights in Islamic societies. Hirsi Ali was born in Mogadishu, Somalia. She escaped an arranged marriage by immigrating to the Netherlands in 1992, and served as a member of the Dutch parliament from 2003 to 2006. In parliament, she worked on furthering the integration of non-Western immigrants into Dutch society, and on defending the rights of women in Dutch Muslim society. In 2004, together with director Theo van Gogh, she made "Submission," a film about the oppression of women in conservative Islamic cultures. Susanne Pari's novel, The Fortune Catcher, is a love story and a painless history lesson on the Iran-America situation. It has been translated into six languages. She was an advisor to Edgework Press and the Program Director for their Literary Salons. She has contributed to The New York Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Boston Globe, The San Francisco Chronicle, National Public Radio, and Voice of America.
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