Friday, September 15, 2006
This was One Western Journalist that Had Guts
Oriana Fallaci, is dead at the age of 77 after a long battle against cancer. I read two of her books, "Nothing, and so be it" - translated into Persian as Life: War and Nothing Else - and her "interview with history" when I was a child in Iran.
She must have been the only woman ever to have taken off her chador in front of Ayatollah Khomeini.
In an interview with Khomeini after the 1979 revolution, she asked him “How do I swim in a chador?” Khomeini's reply was that she was not obliged to wear one, because it was a garment for proper Islamic women only. She tore off her chador, and Ayatollah Khomeini stalked off :))
As a former anti-Fascist partisan during World War II, I am not surprised Fallaci had guts. She wrote a series of articles and books, critical of Islam and Arab culture, that have surprise surprise angered the Muslims, who seem to be the only people allowed to be offended! Since 9/11, Fallaci dedicated herself in the fight against "the greatest threat to Western civilization since the Cold War, Islamofascism".
“Europe is no longer Europe,” she told The Wall Street Journal in 2005. “It is ‘Eurabia,’ a colony of Islam, where the Islamic invasion does not proceed only in a physical sense, but also in a mental and cultural sense. Servility to the invaders has poisoned democracy, with obvious consequences for the freedom of thought, and for the concept itself of liberty."
However, it was not so much the Islamiofascists that raged against her, it was the Left in Europe, that hated her more. Although she was their darling during the Vietnam war for her reports and her interviews with the likes of Henry Kissinger, suddenly she became their hate figure, because she dared to side with American and Western democracies against Islamofascists, the gravest sin ever for the European Left.
Her sentence of two years imprisonment, for insulting Islam, by the Italian judicial system, will remain a shameful stain on the Italian judiciary forever.