Katha Pollitt has performed a valuable service informing a mass readership of Nazia Quazi's plight. Still, I wonder if she's thought carefully about what an attempt to "whisk" Quazi out of Saudi Arabia might entail. Maybe Quazi will be lucky and Saudi Arabia won't see such actions as something to resist by strenuous and even violent means. Maybe Quazi won't be so lucky.
What is clear is that Quazi did something foolhardy in entering the cradle of Islam itself in the company of parents she plainly distrusted. Moreover, she seems intelligent enough to have avoided such a mistake. I suspect Nathalie Mohrin should have been, too. While both cases are worthy of outcry and efforts to make whole, I wonder if the facts on the ground make Canada's actions more prudent than Pollitt cares to see.
Jan 30 2010 - 12:02pm