Along with Salman Rushdie, he co-authored this eloquent plea on behalf of Dutch activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali, again in peril of her life.
Hirsi Ali may be the first refugee from Western Europe since the Holocaust. As such, she is a unique and indispensable witness to both the strength and weakness of the West: to the splendor of open society and to the boundless energy of its antagonists. She knows the challenges we face in our struggle to contain the misogyny and religious fanaticism of the Muslim world, and she lives with the consequences of our failure each day. There is no one in a better position to remind us that tolerance of intolerance is cowardice.
Here's the typically soft-spoken Hirsi Ali in action, effortlessly smiting some smarmy twit from the CBC who reminds me how happy I am to live north of Canada: