5 of 5 stars *****
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is a world class leader and revolutionary. Born in Somalia, this Muslim-now-Dutch citizen is blessed to survive female genital mutilation, human rights oppression, moral corruption, cruelty, and inequality, which is Sharia, the law of the land and politics of Islam in Muslim nations.
The author's autobiographical account of her life moving between one Muslim nation and another depicts the prejudice that exists between nations, communities, and clans. The strict law is most severe in Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam over a thousand of years ago. Ali states that the lives of Muslims has not changed that much since the totalitarian ideology became the force in the world that it still is today.
A stark contrast is drawn between Western Civilizations and Islam. This contrast is denied by the immigrating Muslims when any negative aspect of their culture is thought to be too offensive. The author relates that growing up in a Muslim family, in a Muslim nation, and practicing Muslim traditions, there is a sense of fear; fear of sinning, fear of being caught dishonoring a family member, and fear of being killed for violating the strict laws of Sharia. Ali bases this fear on Islam's feudal mindset which relies on lies, self-deception, and hypocrisy. In contrast, Western societies offer freedom and liberties not seen in Muslim nations.
Ali intends to inform the rest of the world about the lack of values and moral integrity that exist with Islam. She is incredulous when she sees Western nations elevate Islam to a plane of peace and understanding. She says that claims of moral corruption made by Muslims against the West are the actual crimes of which Muslim nations are, themselves, guilty.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali and Muslim jihadists know that Western Civilizations take freedom and liberty for granted. Complacency makes such people targets for shrewd jihadists who use Western laws against Western societies to get Muslim demands met for Sharia, which does not believe in freedom or God-given rights. It's ironic and devious.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali is the commencement speaker denied to speak at Brandeis University because of Muslim protests, especially from the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR). Wherever Ali goes, Muslims protest because she reveals the truth about Islam. Her bravery and honesty are the qualities that mark her as a target for evil but a champion for everything that is good, righteousness.