Because their arrogance doesn’t match their achievements (see also, gangstas forever going on about being “disrespected”)
“I’m a serious person,” she says, frowning, as the photographer suggests various fashion poses, but she is also quietly, almost coyly glamorous, moving around with fawn-like grace. It’s a combination that works particularly well on male polemicists of the muscular left, who can’t do enough to defend her: her gentle charm, her small wrists, her big eyes – oh, and her brave commitment to Enlightenment values – in the face of all that extremism. (…)
The phrasing she uses is startlingly direct. When she writes that “violence is an integral part” of Islamic social discipline, or says in our interview that “Muhammad’s example is terrible, don’t follow it”, it is deliberately, almost narcissistically provocative, the result, one imagines, of a siege mentality and the defensive self-assurance that goes with it. To Hirsi Ali, the act of speaking out, of saying what no one else will say, seems at this stage to be almost a pathology; to override all other considerations.