Posted by: Tony Carson | 8 October, 2007

Hirsi Ali: On Free Speech and Protection

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When a citizen speaks out about militant Islam, does her country have the responsibility to protect her?

That’s the issue in a very good column A Dutch Retreat on Speech? by Washington Post’s Anne Applebaum. 

Hirisi Ali is a Dutch-Somali who has been under police protection since 2002 because of her out-spoken views about her former religion, Islam. She is an activist and writer who penning the script of the Theo Van Gogh documentary about the oppression of Muslim women that got him killed, with a knife that pinned a note threatening Hirsi Ali to the author’s chest.

Ms Ali has fled Holland for the US after the Dutch refused to continue her protection.

So, again, when a citizen speaks out about militant Islam, does her country have the responsibility to protect her? It’s an interesting question, a more vital variation of the whistle-blower issue.

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Responses

  1. Yes, yes, yes.

    Any nation that refuses to stand up against threats of violence will ultimately suffer the consequences of inaction. Besides, the Dutch government promised to pay for protection, having lured Hirsi Ali back to the Netherlands.

  2. Indeed, Hirsi Ali would be protected in the Netherlands, but the Dutch government does not want to pay for her protection (also hard for them to asses the danger) her in another country infinitely.

    The United States, nor the American Enterprise Institute seem to be willing to pay for her protection, that’s why she’s back in the Netherlands.


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