In the classic movie On the Waterfront, the failed boxer Terry Malloy complains in anguish to his brother: "I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am." Those words apply with particular piquancy to the "journalist" Mona Eltahawy, who goes to court the Thursday after Thanksgiving to defend herself ("proudly") against a criminal mischief charge stemming from her vandalism of one of our AFDI pro-freedom ad in the New York subways.

As the court date draws near, the mystery remains: why would a renowned and respected journalist resort to a juvenile act of vandalism and persist even when confronted? Here's a clue: reading this ABC News report on the arrest, these lines leapt out at me:

"This is non-violent protest, see this America" Eltahawy said in the video as police officers were arresting her. "I'm an Egyptian-American and I refuse hate."

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