But even that doesn't explain the mysteries of the human heart and mind, the wellsprings from which she draws her formidable bravery. My guess is that some of this is rooted in her relationship to her parents and siblings, and how they may have encouraged her independence of mind, and perhaps her husband as well (he seems to have been supportive right from the first).
And some people just seem to have a deeper integrity than others, and feel driven to speak out no matter what the personal consequences may be. They are heroes of a very special sort.
Yes, Dr. Sultan is a remarkable woman and whatever nurtured that courage and brought it to flowering needs to be identified and made available to all women suppressed under the boot of Islam.
Meanwhile, Norway's controversial Mullah Krekar has this to say:
We're the ones who will change you," Krekar told Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet in his first interview since an uproar broke out over cartoons deemed offensive to Muslims.
"Just look at the development within Europe, where the number of Muslims is expanding like mosquitoes," Krekar said. "Every western woman in the EU is producing an average of 1.4 children. Every Muslim woman in the same countries are producing 3.5 children.
"By 2050, 30 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim."
He claimed that "our way of thinking... will prove more powerful than yours."
His way of "thinking" appears to depend a lot on using women simply to breed more muslims. This is confirmed by an official in the Palestinian government, who says that muslim mothers should raise their sons for jihad (and their daughters to bear more sons, supposedly).
Do you begin to see why I said in a post titled "The Unveiled Woman" that:
I continue to think that the treatment of women under Islam is not only the key to understanding the pathology of the culture, but also the key to developing an antidote to its most poisonous and toxic elements. Unveiling the women of Islam and eliminating their second-class status; empowering them in the oppressive Islamic countries where their individuality and self-expression has been crushed-- may cause a ripple effect that could eventually alter a family structure that encourages the development of generation after generation of dysfunctional and pathological men and women.
Dr. Sultan is the result of what can happen when women are free to chart their own course in life. That is why the religious leaders of Islam consider her a heretic and fear her so greatly. Her way of thinking is markedly superior to what their addled brains produce; and threatens to throw a monkey wrench into their well-laid plans of world domination.