Our friend Pankaj Mishra writes a provocative, helpfully informative piece in this week’s New Yorker magazine with this title, “Islamism,” on Aayan Hirsi Ali and Western reactions to her. How should Western intellectuals respond to Muslim scholars? Mishra’s unusual perspective carries wisdom.

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She is obviously and generally overall correct. The Obama administration is even too timid to use the phrase "Muslim Terrorist," which is ridiculous since all terrorist have been Muslim. Naturally, our country does not want to offend members of any religion, but to be held captive to our fears of reprisal is pathetic. There is no more freedom of the press anymore. Cartoons of Mohammed anyone? But Islamic Fundamentalists share some nasty traits with other fundamentalists like violent wacko anti-abortionists, and any religious group who thinks they are "the chosen."