You, who frighten people with Hell, have brought them a hell on earth.
Watch this courageous woman do a take down on an insufferable fundamentalist Muslim cleric. It’s enjoyable to watch him do a slow burn while trying hard to portray the face of total equanimity. One can only imagine what he is thinking as this woman shreds him. I’m sure he is fantasizing about what he would do to her – and I don’t mean sexually – were he to have her in his control.
(Our assistant Kristi’s husband was a Marine and was in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War. He told me of an instance where his platoon was walking across a street in front of a large Mercedes with a Saudi male at the wheel and, presumably, his wife in the passenger seat. The woman was veiled and was simply watching as the troops passed in front of the car. The male looked over, noticed the woman simply watching the soldiers pass by, and smashed her in the face with his fist. The blow knocked her against the side window of the car. She immediately dropped her head and looked at the floor so that she couldn’t possibly be seen to be looking at a male. Wonderful people, at least the males. When Kristi’s husband told me about this years after it had happened, he became agitated and began clenching his fists. He said it was all the Marines who witnessed this behavior could do to keep from dragging this jerk out of his car and giving him a little of his own medicine.)
I can’t imagine the gumption it takes for a woman to step up to the plate like this on live Saudi TV, knowing that Saudi Arabia is a place under Islamic rule (aside from the Royal family who don’t particularly hew to Islamic law and have their own huge security force to protect them from their own subjects) where people have their hands cut off for stealing, are beheaded for adultery, and are publicly whipped for the most minor infractions.
Ms. Nasser’s courage is one of the few signs I’ve seen that give me hope that the most militant fundamentalist branch of Islam may be showing some cracks in the armor.
God bless her!