NYT: AYAAN HIRSI ALI Book Review of The Suicide of Reason

In this recent Book Review Titled Blind Faith Ms. Ali not only reviews this new book, but also shares many interesting insights into the difference between the western mind, especially the American Mind, and the mind of those raised in Tribal cultures.
Here is the first paragraph of the review:

“Several authors have published books on radical Islam’s threat to the West since that shocking morning in September six years ago. With “The Suicide of Reason,” Lee Harris joins their ranks. But he distinguishes himself by going further than most of his counterparts: he considers the very worst possibility — the destruction of the West by radical Islam. There is a sense of urgency in his writing, a desire to shake awake the leaders of the West, to confront them with their failure to understand that they are engaged in a war with an adversary who fights by the law of the jungle.”

Kudos to the Times for including anything written by Hirsi Ali.
Her piece was an excellent analysis of the difference between group think and the power of one. Because Americans, even leftist Americans, have been raised in a culture that prizes the individual, and puts the strong arm of the government behind that individual to live the best life they want to live, many American thinkers do not understand those who have been raised in a culture of submitting ones own will to the goals of the group overall.
Ms. Ali is much more optimistic about the ability of those raised in such cultures to make an intellectual shift than is the author of the book she reviews. Perhaps because she made that shift herself she feels that it is much more possible than Lee Harris.
I’m always looking for gospel connections with everything I read, and it must be remembered that Jesus Christs message from the very beginning was one of teaching his followers the value of the individual. Over and over again in scripture he taught this principle. Perhaps the most eloquent was when he said that he is the Good Shepherd.
And this passage from the Book of Matthew in the New testament outlines this principle perfectly:

“11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred asheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.”

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, is the author of “Infidel.”
Jenny Hatch

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