Oriana Fallaci, RIP

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Author of two of the most important books of the past five years, The Rage and the Pride and The Force of Reason, Oriana Fallaci has reportedly died of cancer.

Speaking of Iran...

If you want to understand "Eurabia," dhimmitude and the fate that European countries are bringing upon themselves, (for instance, see this), carve a couple hours out of your day and read The Rage and the Pride, which Fallaci wrote in an apparent single exhalation of outrage in the days after 9-11.

She will be missed.

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zimzo said:

Let me lead by example, Joe:

Although I disagreed with many of Oriana Fallaci's opinions over the years, especially with her characterizations of Muslims in her most recent books, she was a remarkably courageous woman, a pioneer at a time when there were few women in journalism. She fought in the anti-fascist resistance when she was a youth, and covered wars in Vietnam, India, the Middle East and Latin America. In 1968 in Mexico she was shot three times and left for dead. She interviewed some of the most important figures of our day and often extracted surprising insights from her subjects. In writing about an interview with Werner Von Braun she remarks how the smell of lemon on his breath disturbed her but she couldn't remember why. Then she remembers: "The German soldiers, all washed with disinfectant soap that smelled like lemon. We all loathed that scent of lemon" Perhaps her most unforgettable interview was with Henry Kissinger when she got him to admit that the Vietnam War was "useless": "Sometimes I see myself as a cowboy leading the caravan alone astride his horse, a wild west tale if you like," he said. (Maybe George Bush should read that interview.) He later said the interview was "the most disastrous conversation I ever had with any member of the press."

Her prosecutorial interview technique was often controversial despite the often positive results and in recent years she became more and more strident in her denunciation Islam. But she was a tough fighter even to the end, battling the breast cancer that finally killed her for the last 15 years of her life.

See, Joe. It's not too hard to be decent.

Jacob Ash said:

Was not one of her recent statements the only difference between the Islamic 'fanatics' and the 'moderates' is the length of their beards?

-JA

Good obit, Zim. She was truly a world-changing voice with her last two books.

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