I’ve just been treated to something that I find quite remarkable, uplifting, encouraging, positive and a whole bunch of other things.
Go and watch every second of this 5-minute video right now. Watch it again. It’s from a Al-Jazeera TV broadcast on 2/21/2006, archived by MEMRI.
Here’s the transcript, by the way.
The clash we are witnessing around the world is not a clash of
religions, or a clash of civilizations. It is a clash between two
opposites, between two eras. It is a clash between a mentality that
belongs to the Middle Ages and another mentality that belongs to the
It is a clash between civilization and backwardness, between the
civilized and the primitive, between barbarity and rationality. It is a
clash between freedom and oppression, between democracy and
dictatorship. It is a clash between human rights, on the one hand, and
the violation of these rights, on other hand. It is a clash between
those who treat women like beasts, and those who treat them like human
beings. What we see today is not a clash of civilizations.
Civilizations do not clash, but compete.
I don’t think I can disagree with a thing she says. She’s right on the mark, and she’s saying it to the face of a whole primitive culture of men who believe her status to be about on a par with their livestock.
That is courage, laddies and gentlemen. Raw courage. Can you imagine what sort of horrors could befall her for speaking such blasphemy?
On another note, I gotta hand it to Al-Jazeera if this is in any way representative of their programming and format. Notice how there is time for the complete, integrated, in-context delivery of whole concepts. You just never see that on sound-bite-TV here in the US.
If you want more, here’s a debate she had with an Algerian cleric in July of last year. It’s OK, but certainly not as tight as the other one.