August 18, 2015 4:00 pm -


Carly Fiorina gave a speech shortly after 9/11 recounting the positive influence historic Islamic leaders had. For this, she is now being attacked by Michele Bachmann.

What was in Fiorina’s 2001 speech that so enraged some conservatives?

“When other nations were afraid of ideas, [the Ottoman Empire] thrived on them, and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to others.”

“[The] Islamic world from the year 800 to 1600, which included the Ottoman Empire and the courts of Baghdad, Damascus and Cairo, and enlightened rulers like Suleiman the Magnificent … contributed to our notions of tolerance and civic leadership.”

The Ottoman Empire “was driven more than anything, by invention. Its mathematicians created the algebra and algorithms that would enable the building of computers, and the creation of encryption.” America’s technology industry “would not exist without the contributions of Arab mathematicians.”



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.