“If something wrong were to happen to me, and where I come from that happened all the time — you were groped, you were harassed, you were raped — you had no recourse because you weren’t supposed to be where you were,” Hirsi Ali said. “You were married off as a child and you had to obey the person that you were married to, it was just your luck.”
“Feminists in this country and in the West fought against that and won the battle,” she added.
But now, Hirsi Ali said, feminism has taken that victory and squandered it.
“What we are now doing with the victory, and I agree with you if you condemn that and I condemn whole-heartedly the trivial bullshit it is to go after a man who makes a scientific breakthrough and all that we as women — organized women — do is to fret about his shirt?”
In Israel, both men and women perform mandatory military service; three years for men and two for women. But some women willingly choose to become combat soldiers and serve side by side with men for three years, protecting and serving the country. Some of these woman, soldiers from the Home Front Command’s Combat Search and Rescue Brigade, recently completed their intense eight-month training and received their orange berets.
If you get to know someone in a war, they might well die much sooner than you’d prefer. As a foreign correspondent, I’ve buried many people over the years. True, it’s not really me who buries them. More likely, I am sipping a beer in Cairo or Budapest when I get the news.
Lady Valor is a documentary film about Kristin Beck, a former Navy SEAL who came out as a transgendered woman on Anderson Cooper’s CNN program in 2013. The network then commissioned this film, aired it last month and now it’s available on VOD and DVD from Wolfe Video. Kristin Beck comes off as exactly the sort of badass you’d expect a special ops warrior to be. Over the course of an interview about her Navy career as Christopher Beck, she calmly describes her resumé and it’s spectacular.
The Clarion Project has unearthed Federal Bureau of Investigations documents detailing a 22-site network of terrorist training villages sprawled across the United States.
According to the documents, the FBI has been concerned about these facilities for about 12 years, but cannot act against them because the U.S. State Department has not yet declared that their umbrella group, MOA/Jamaat ul-Fuqra, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.
With the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks less than a week away, here's what's going on in the world now.
Western military charter plane forced down in Iran.Iranian fighter planes forced down an aircraft carrying about 100 Americans and possibly two Canadians, following questions over its flight path. The plane was chartered by the US-led military coalition and was enroute from Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan to Dubai.
Private US plane crashes off Jamaica.There was no response from the plane after it veered far off course from Rochester, NY to Naples, FL. It is not known if there are any survivors. People on board included Larry and Jane Glazer, who have been reported dead, but no further details are available yet.
Shabaab leader Godane confirmed dead. It's official: Ahmed Ali Godane got his virgins in a US airstrike earlier this week. Godane claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in September of 2013, which killed 67 people.
Debka: 9/11 anniversary attacks in the works. 'Credible information has reached Saudi, British and Australian agencies that two al Qaeda branches – IS in Iraq and Syria and AQAP at its base in Yemen - have wrapped up plans to roll out coordinated terrorist spectaculars around the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. ...' Apparently they're going to hit targets in Western Europe and the Middle East first, to build suspense. They'll strike inside the USA in late 2014 or early 2015. This will be easier - according to the report - with the help of a new, undetectable explosive developed by Al-Qaeda's top guy in Yemen.
Britain: Massive child abuse was covered up.BBC: 'Twelve new victims have made allegations of child sexual abuse in Rotherham since a report found at least 1,400 children were abused, police say. South Yorkshire Chief Constable David Crompton revealed the new cases as he gave evidence to a Commons committee.' Read some of the victims' stories here, if you can stand it.
When he lived in Benghazi and everyone was heading for the exits, he told me—and I believed him—that Benghazi was the same old Benghazi, by which he meant mostly fine aside from some unfortunate incidents. Dangerous places are often, though not always, less dangerous than they appear in the media. At least they appear that way.
Maybe that's just a trick of the mind. Those of us who insert ourselves into war zones figure out ways to cope with anxiety and get it to drop nearly to zero. The human mind is extremely adaptable, and it’s easier to neutralize fear when it’s faced voluntarily. That’s why I felt calm in Baghdad most of the time. It’s also why exposure therapy works.
Steven was brave and unlucky, but he was not stupid. He knew how risky going to Syria was and, according to Ben Taub, he planned to take a hiatus from this nasty business after one final trip and possibly apply to graduate school in Florida.
The Islamic State took that from him, and they took him from us.
Long War Journal: 'The Islamic State released a video of the execution of Steven Joel Sotloff, an American journalist captured in Syria in August 2013, and threatened to kill a British captive if the US does not halt airstrikes in northern Iraq. Sotloff, who contributed to The Long War Journal in 2011, is the second American beheaded by the Islamic State in two weeks.'
Somalia: US targets Shabaab leader.Arutz Sheva: 'A spokesperson for the al-Shabaad terrorist organization said that during Monday night’s attack of US forces in Somalia, the convoy belonging to the organization’s leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, was hit. The reports did not include whether or not Godane was wounded in the attack.' Long War Journal:
The US military is rumored to have targeted Shabaab emir Ahmed Abdi Godane and other senior leaders of al Qaeda's branch in Somalia as they met at a training camp south of the capital. The US military confirmed it conducted an operation in Somalia yesterday, but did not detail the nature or outcome of the attack.
"We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information as and when appropriate," Rear Admiral John Kirby, the Pentagon's press secretary, said yesterday. ...
International: Al-Qaeda ready for anniversary attacks - Debka.Debka reports that
Credible information has reached Saudi, British and Australian agencies that two al Qaeda branches – IS in Iraq and Syria and AQAP at its base in Yemen - have wrapped up plans to roll out coordinated terrorist spectaculars around the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2011 attacks on New York and Washington. According to debkafile’s counterterrorism sources, they are preparing to strike simultaneously in the Middle East and a West European city. Next, they will go for US targets in the Middle East and Europe.
In the estimate of Islamist experts, the IS and AQAP have decided to delay direct terrorist action in the United States, calculating that an attack on America will have a greater shock impact some time after the first cycle of outrages, toward the end of 2014 or early 2015.
It was this information that galvanized Saudi King Abdullah into warning the West that Al Qaeda’s plans were imminent. “If neglected,” he said strongly last week, “I am certain that after a month they will reach Europe and, after another month, America.” ...