Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an extremely intelligent and articulate woman, not to mention courageous, considering the stand she has taken for women's rights, free inquiry, and reason at great peril to her own life. I wholeheartedly agree with her on the importance of keeping nuclear arms out of the hands of ALL religious fanatics and fundamentalists (incidentally, which heavily religious country has more nukes than every other nuclear capable country in the world but one? Hint: Its initials are U and S). Her comments about Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, however, bare an unfortunate resemblance to the rhetoric of fear being peddled by Bush, Cheney, and their neoconservative war hawks, and should therefore be taken with a big grain of salt.

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