Thursday, May 18, 2006

Letter of recommendation

To whom it may concern
re: Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Christopher DeMuth (President of the AEI) has confirmed in a letter that recent events in the Netherlands will not affect the appointment. On May 16 he stated:
Dear Ayaan:

I am writing to offer you an appointment as Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. My colleagues and I have reviewed the research proposal you sent to me last week. We are confident that your work at AEI could make important contributions to urgent issues of politics and social understanding—in particular, to furthering the reconciliation of Muslim teachings with the ideals of individual freedom and responsibility and the “open society.”

Fine, the research idea has been approved by the team.

We appreciate that your views have been controversial and are likely to remain so; we believe that controversies such as these, when conducted in a spirit of civility and reasoned inquiry, are essential to intellectual progress, and are to be welcomed rather than feared.

Yep, the church also did not burn the books of disbelievers but put them on the index to be studied to invent the contra arguments and dismantel the undesired way of thinking.
Recently opened files at Vatican reveiled it almost put Harriet Baker Stones hut of uncle Tom on the black list of forbidden books and never did so with Adolph Hitler´s Mein Kampf.

In your application and in our recent conversations, you envisioned joining AEI in the autumn.
I understand that subsequent political developments in Holland may lead you to wish to accelerate the date of your appointment. If that is the case, I will be happy to work with you to arrange a starting date that accommodates your new circumstances. Let me add that I have been deeply angered by the unfair and partisan attacks that have been leveled against you and have admired your courage and forthrightness in the face of this hounding.

It is indeed a unfair political attack partly due to the next election art. 23 issue about the State funding of non secular schools. The VVD will lose votes to the CDA on this.

My colleagues and I are looking forward to welcoming you to AEI, and to America.

Yours truly,

Christopher DeMuth

And this the orginal with adresses from Dutch NOVA TV.
How did it got there in MS *.doc format?

Christopher DeMuth


May 16, 2006

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, MP

Tweede Kamer der Staten-Generaal
Postbus 20018
2500 EA Den Haag
The Netherlands

Dear Ayaan:

Yours truly,

Christopher DeMuth

1150 Seventeenth Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20036

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