Rudi Bakhtiar of Fox News shows the world how to wear the veil. Gorgeous, sensuous fabric of early-morning-sunrise color with lots of male-slaying hair rays showing up front . . . and just below the scarf, a lovely bit of cleavage. This woman is one of our all-time faves.
The Miss England winner, Hammasa Kohistani, whose family left Afghanistan after the Taliban gained power, won the beauty pageant last year, which was marred with controversy. She received death threats and calls to stand down from Muslims who believed that the beauty contest went against the Islamic teachings on women. If media quotations in the Daily Mail can be believed [gak], this woman believes that "Even moderate Muslims are turning to terrorism to prove themselves. They think they might as well support it because they are stereotyped anyway. It will take a long time for communities to start mixing in more." It reminds us of that Miss America quotation from way back, the bottom line of which was a contextless "Love." Beauty queens, like Hollywood celebrities and Democrats, are not known for their philosophical insight.
The lovely looking but clueless British Muslim Miss England, Hammasa Kohistani, exemplifies the stupidity of both so many women and Western multiculti types. Even as she enjoys all the benefits of Enlightenment-derived freedoms, she has the nerve to instruct us in the error of our ways. Her words are as vacuous as any beauty queen's that ever pranced down the walkways of our own Miss America Pageants but nonethless resonate with a grain of truth:
It is not for me to answer how to get people to turn away from terrorism. The politicians don't know what to do and I am just a 19-year-old.
Yes, darling. You are just a 19 year old. You have a lot to learn.
Beauty is empowering, of course, as the vapid Miss England exemplifies, but what about beauty and brains? It doesn't get any better than Iranian American entrepreneur Anousheh Ansari (above), the next "space tourist, "who paid a reported self-earned $20 million to be launched on a Russian Soyuz space capsule for a visit to the International Space Station next week.
A self-made American millionaire who fled with her family from Iran as a teenager when the Mullahs were going bazonkers, Mrs. Ansari is the embodiment of the creativity that freedom can unleash, "a role model for other women who want to do the unexpected" according to a NYT article today. Like a broken clock, the NYT gets it right once in awhile.
If only those legions of angry Muslim males who fear their own sexuality and project their fear upon their womenfolk by forcing them to hide their lights -- both physically and metaphorically -- behind the veil could just relax and see that we're all in this together.