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I have used this blog many times (perhaps too many) to criticise the iconic millionaire Malala Yousafzai. In three articles, I have argued that the Pakistani starlet has none of the qualifications needed to justify the praise lavished upon her, and that (by remaining devoutly wedded to her faith) she actually exerts a harmful influence on the cause of women’s liberation in the Islamic world.
To balance this criticism, or rather to intensify it by comparison, what follows is a roll-call of honor for those women who really do put life and limb on the line for their convictions. People who, when Islam finally crumbles (or is otherwise destroyed), will be spoken of in retrospect as Orwells, Pankhursts and Solzhenitsyns.
1. Caroline Glick.
Anyone who follows the Israel/’Palestine’ conflict with any seriousness will be familiar with the work of Caroline Glick. Her regular columns typically provide the best take on issues pertaining to the Middle East, North Africa and global Islamic terrorism.
Last year, Ms Glick (author of ‘Shackled Warrior’ and editor of the Jerusalem Post) used her formidable talent to achieve the seemingly impossible, summing up one of the ‘world’s most complicated conflicts’ in a single paragraph. And this is it:
“The absence of regional peace (in the Middle East) has nothing at all to do with Israel. It stems from the virulent Jew hatred that is endemic throughout the Islamic world. Due to this hatred Israel’s neighbors seek its destruction. The centrality of their irrational, obsessive desire to seek the eradication of the Jewish people and the Jewish state is the reason there has been no true peace between Israel and its neighbors – including its Palestinian neighbors. And because their hatred is irrational and all-encompassing, there is nothing Israel can do to appease them.”
As a piece of writing, as a work of compression and articulation, this is faultless. Glick is a hero of exposition and a priceless asset in the struggle against our enemies.
2. Wafa Sultan.
Female activists from the Islamic world are a rare breed. Female activists from the Arab world are rarer still. This considered, the Syrian born commentator Wafa Sultan is a women of incalculable importance.
A life-risking apostate, Sultan has used the sanctuary of the West to take aim at her native culture with a fury unmatched even by her enemies. On the subject of terrorism – now tearing the civil society of her homeland into bloodied rags – Sultan wrote the following:
“Why does a young Muslim, in the prime of life, with a full life ahead, go and blow himself up in a bus full of innocent passengers?… He was not born a terrorist, and did not become a terrorist overnight. Islamic teachings played a role in weaving his ideological fabric, thread by thread, and did not allow other sources to play a role. It was these teachings that distorted this terrorist, and killed his humanity; it was not (the terrorist) who distorted the religious teachings, and misunderstood them, as some ignorant people claim. When you recite to a child still in his early years the verse ‘They will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternative sides cut off,’ regardless of this verse’s interpretation, and regardless of the reasons it was conveyed, or its time, you have made the first step towards creating a terrorist.”
3. Pamela Geller.
I’ve already written a celebratory essay on this lady. Despite its length, my praises are not yet exhausted.
Where would we be with Geller’s dedication to raising awareness of Islamisation? I wouldn’t be at all surprised if I first read that dark, foreboding phrase on her website.
Geller arrived on the scene before Fjordman, Mark Steyn or the EDL. She realised before everyone (and long before it was safe and fashionable to do so) that 9/11 was not an isolated case destined to remain a quirk of history. She saw all too keenly that the curtain was going up on a horror show far richer in death and detail than anyone could imagine.
4. Katie Hopkins.
You might think this a bit unserious. Katie Hopkins, the middle-class fury from the Apprentice… A potential Solzhenitsyn? Well, who are we to say how things will turn out?
Over recent weeks, the columnist has spoken with a thrilling, suicidal bravery on the topic of Islam, tweeting things that can all too often result directly in injury or even death. Her fearless style is the best of British. It demonstrates that someone from the apolitical mainstream, someone from planet celebrity no less, is willing to maintain our cultural frontline. I for one, find that rather splendid.
5. Brigitte Gabriel.
The Lebanese civil war must rank as one of the greatest tragedies in the history of Islamic colonisation. A beautiful, civilised Christian nation, blessed with natural splendour and decorated with ancient grandeur was slowly dismantled, disfigured and destroyed by a violent wave of barbarism.
For centuries, the Lebanese have fought gallantly to overturn the demographic conquest of their land by Muslim Arabs. Alas, they have failed, and with much destruction having been done and a huge diaspora having been created in the process.
A notable member of the diaspora is Ms. Brigitte Gabriel. Via her organisation ‘Act For America’, Gabriel campaigns boldly against an enemy she knows all too personally.
These five women put liberal feminists to shame. Nobody stands to lose more from the Islamisation of the West than members of the female sex. Bravo to those who resist. Shame on those who acquiesce.