Friday, September 15, 2006

Oriana Fallaci Is Gone

Excerpt from this source, dated September 15, 2006:
ROME -- Oriana Fallaci, the Italian writer and journalist best known for her abrasive interviews and provocative stances, has died, officials said Friday. She was 76....

During her journalistic career she became known for challenging interviews with such world leaders as former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, the late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini.

Her work - both interviews and books - was translated across the world....

Describing Europe as "Eurabia," Fallaci said the continent "has sold itself and sells itself to the enemy like a prostitute."

"Europe becomes more and more a province of Islam, a colony of Islam," she wrote.

The current invasion, Fallaci went on to say, is not carried out only by the "terrorists who blow up themselves along with skyscrapers or buses" but also by "the immigrants who settle in our home, and who, with no respect for our laws, impose their ideas, their customs, their God."...

At Jihad Watch today, Robert Spencer posted the following tribute to a fearless warrior who did battle with her words and urged the West to preserve our civilization. Mr. Spencer also offers suggestions for paying tribute:

She was one of the most fearless and courageous defenders Western civilization had in these latter days, and the West rewarded her by hounding, persecuting and vilifying her.

Such is the state of the society and culture she loved and tried to save from itself.

Many times in her last months, after she did me the honor of calling me her friend, I thought to myself, What can I do for Oriana? Of course, the only answer was to do exactly what I am doing here at this site, and in my books, and in traveling around the country speaking, trying to alert people to the reality and magnitude of the global jihad.

I invite you, then, on this day of sadness and loss, to pay tribute to Oriana. There is no way we can make up for what we have lost in her. But the best way we can pay tribute to Oriana is by becoming Oriana. Let there be a hundred new Orianas today, a thousand new passionate and articulate and absolutely unbowed defenders of Western culture and civilization, with a fine contempt for all the many weapons of physical and psychological intimidation that the jihadists and their non-Muslim allies and tools in the Western media and government establishments use to try to silence and discredit us.

Buy her books. Give them to your friends and coworkers. Explain to them why she said -- as is quoted in the obituary linked above -- that "Europe becomes more and more a province of Islam, a colony of Islam." Explain to them why that matters for so much that they hold dear. Enlist them also in the anti-jihad resistance.

And when we prevail, we will be able to memorialize her fittingly, as a light that shone in our darkest days.

May her memory be eternal.


At 9/15/2006 11:00 AM, Blogger nanc said...

thank you for putting this up, aow - she outlived the fatwa issued against her - that's one for the books. yes, may the memory of her bravery be eternal.

o.t. - i found that ad and e-mailed it to you. if i knew how, i'd post it at longrange.

At 9/15/2006 11:20 AM, Blogger Jason_Pappas said...

What a fighter! On 9/11, she was ready and load … unlike our leaders. Her pen will defeat their sword by mobilizing the rest of us. She’ll remain an inspiration for every freedom fighter.

At 9/15/2006 11:31 AM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

Amen AOW..I posted as well..sigh.
what a beautiful heroine she was.

At 9/15/2006 1:40 PM, Blogger cube said...

I first posted about her in May & linked to a terrific article about her entitled "The Agitator". That was a great word for her because she really agitated the moslems.

I will miss her.

At 9/15/2006 2:04 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

We have lost a brave voice in the wilderness of pc garbage!


At 9/15/2006 3:45 PM, Anonymous George Mason said...

She left before I could get to know her, but her words remain to immortalize her.

Early this morning I heard on BBC or NPR that Oriana had been a leftist journalist until the events of 11 September 2001. Overnight, reality overtook her, and she became one of those giants who changed course based on the power of her reasoning intellect and her ability to recognize and honor reality. She began writing her famous books and became infamous to the Left--whom she had left for them to wallow in the excrement of their own unreality.

Her cardinal sins were few, but they were potent. Her first sin was waking up fully to reality and abandoning the leftist position. As if this was not bad enough, she committed the second cardinal sin because she began to tell the truth as the truth, unvarnished and not obscured behind some agenda. To those unforgiveable sins came the third; she became moral. She saw the truth, told it, and stood up for it, showing courage, integrity, honest, judgment, and rationality.

These were just too much for the Left across the world. Treason, as they saw, could have been tolerated had she just slunk away and stayed quiet. But, she stood up with more mind and totally more moral spine than almost anyone in Italy, Europe, and North America.

If anyone qualifies for the designation of HERO, Oriana Fallaci does. Dman, what a loss!

At 9/15/2006 4:14 PM, Blogger kuhnkat said...

She is sincerely missed by the world!!

Our prayers are with her.

At 9/15/2006 6:03 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...

I guess there will be no third book. I read the other two and reviewed them on my site.

At 9/15/2006 6:17 PM, Anonymous gravelrash said...

What a loss to the cause of freedom. On a day like this, in Australia, where the Dhimmitude debate has broken out in full voice, dominating our media but already drowning in appeasement and political rhetoric, the loss of such a stalwart is felt harder. Vale -friend.

At 9/15/2006 6:57 PM, Anonymous religion of pieces said...

Oriana is not dead while Pope Benedict lives

May Pope Benedict do to Islam what his predecessor did to communism.

At 9/15/2006 7:22 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

What a loss! I remember reading about her, and her bravery.

At 9/16/2006 12:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never realized that she was that age, I had assumed she was in her fifties at least.

Sad loss of such a brave woman. I have one of her books in our library.

At 9/16/2006 8:48 AM, Blogger Cubed © said...

Such a sad thing. I kept hoping that she would beat the cancer.

But what a legacy! There are very few among us who, at the end of our time, will leave behind such a gift - knowledge, insight, inspiration, integrity and courage.

It's the Orianas of the world who will shine the spotlight of reality on the problem we face.

At 9/16/2006 9:49 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

To all who have commented here,
Cubed said, It's the Orianas of the world who will shine the spotlight of reality on the problem we face.

We must rededicate ourselves to the Counter-jihad! That's the best way to celebrate and to memorialize Oriana's life.

At 9/16/2006 7:07 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

George Mason,
I just now had time to read your excellent comment. My high-speed connection has been down for over 24 hours, so I got behind.

Today's WaPo ran a long obit. Quite a good telling of her life and of the change in her outlook, despite the WaPo's slant to the left. And the obit also ran pictures of her in her younger days. We don't often see those photos.

Oriana so loved Western civilization! Would that the rest of the West could say the same!

At 9/16/2006 7:11 PM, Blogger MissingLink said...

RIP Oriana

At 9/20/2006 12:20 AM, Blogger Pim's Ghost said...

"Oriana so loved Western civilization! Would that the rest of the West could say the same!"

Well said, AOW. Right on.

George Mason, wow, only now do I realize how little I really know of her! Thanks for sharing that, I will follow up and learn more.


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