Michael Totten

The Flight of the Intellectuals Continues

A few years ago I interviewed Paul Berman shortly after he published his must-read book, The Flight of the Intellectuals, about writers who have done good work in the past but who now draw a perverse sort of moral equivalence between Somali-born human rights activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali and the Swiss-born Islamist Tariq Ramadan.

Now a person named Deborah Scroggins has decided to spend 539 pages arguing that Hirsi Ali is the “mirror image” not of a non-violent Islamist academic, but of a convicted Pakistani terrorist. The British historian Andrew Roberts deftly rips her to pieces in Tablet.