Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Two Heroes Of Mine

...on the same stage. I don't have any of Hirsi-Ali's books, but I do have a couple of Bruce Bower's works. 

None-the-less they are both sirens of what may come if we don't heed their message.  Hirsi-Ali, in particular, being non-western by birth, amazes in that her knowledge of both Western Civilizational and non-Western Muslim mindsets, have much to teach us.

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Blogger Dave in Pa. said...

I have enormous respect for Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a woman of enormous intellect and moral courage. (Elegant, classic beauty too! I could imagine her face on an Egyptian statue, or mosaic, as an ancient Nubian Princess, a Pharoah's Queen.)

Incidentally, she married last year, to an Oxford, now Harvard "historian" "scholar", Nial Ferguson.

I'm sure he's a nice guy but only an Oxford-Harvard "scholar" could put out the pseudo-historical crap that Prof. Ferguson has, specifically his interpretation of European history and World War One. Basically, it was a mistake for Britain to join in the war, which Germany would have won before the end of 1915 otherwise, many millions of lives would have been saved, a precursor of the EU would have been then created, World War Two would have been prevented, the British Empire would have lasted decades longer than it did and Britain remained the world's dominant economic power.

That the US economy had grown larger than that of Britain and of Germany doesn't seem to have registered in his argument. Nor does he grasp that Britain's foreign policy for centuries has been against any one power dominating continental Europe, for it's own economic and political interests. Ah well, no bigger a twit than that other Harvard "scholar", the man who wanted to be Canada's first American PM. Must be something in the water at Hah-vahd...

November 30, 2012 1:11 am  
Blogger Louise said...

Yah, I'm not big on "shoulda, woulda, coulda" views of history. They assume "all else being equal", which is a preposterous assumption to make. If you change one variable, all else is likely to change, too.

Other than that, I do like Nial Ferguson.

November 30, 2012 7:24 am  

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