“I leave shreds of my soul on every experience.” - Oriana Fallaci
And so she did. She left shreds of her soul on my soul. I loved that woman.
Oriana passed away in her beloved Firenze (which she said was destroyed and stolen by the barbarians.) My heart is broken. A warrior in the fight against militant Islam. G-d bless her soul.
Phyllis Chelser pointed out to me that despite Fallaci selling millions of books, she was not heroized by the Italian intellectual establishment who turned against her (and in her view became “fascists”.) She could not risk returning to either Italy or Switzerland due to the Islamic lawsuits against her which might have meant her imprisonment upon landing.
Europe is dead and Fallaci fought to revive the corpse.
The last time I saw Fallaci was at her last public appearance. David Horowitz of the Center for the Study of Popular Culture and Editor in Chief of FrontPageMag had presented Fallaci with the Anne Taylor award
Oriana Fallaci - frail, tiny hit that podium running. She looked up at us and said "you are my comrade in arms. Our opponents are leftists. Conservative are too genteel. You are warriors and warriors can not get tired."
"The secret of happiness is freedom, the secret of freedom is courage". In describing despotism, Fallaci said the despot ignores the body and attacks the soul. Because it is the soul the despot wants to put in chains. The despot wants to put the soul in shackles. "You are free not to think. Think as I do".
The Truth Inspires Fear".
"Europe overflows with the witch hunts.... hits any one going against Islam. It overflows the with New Inquisition. Trying to muzzle. Oh yes, like your Ward Churchills, your Noam Chomskys, your Louis Farrakhans and your Michael Moore's etc. TRAITORS! against which all antidotes seem to fail. Combined Neo nazi islamo fascism" [Atlas note: Fallaci spit these names out with such repulsion and utter contempt........riveting]
"The Deaf remain the deaf, the blind remain the blind and both of them end up with ............brand of shame."
Islam has no sense of justice. The crime? The crime of opinion. A crime now disguised as re-education of Islam. Religious racism xenophobia.
Like love, hate belongs to human nature. Should there be a penal code for the persecution for "hate"? "Can we judge? Yes! It can be judged but only on a moral basis. For instance the moral basis of religion, the Christian religion, is based on love, not on a political basis or a criminal basis"..........."It grants me the right to love who I want but also the right to hate who I want."
"It is my sacrosanct right! Those that hate me try to silence me with penal codes."
"And the West directs a hate towards itself. The West has lost its
spirituality.It stands silent in the slander of Islam. "The censure of
"Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder," the historian Arnold Toynbee wrote.
On August 27, 2005, Fallaci had a private audience with Pope Benedict XVI at Castel Gandolfo with whom she found a kindred spirit and whom she believes understands the mortal threat faced by Christianity by the evil of Islamofascism. The Pope loves her work. "I feel less alone when I read the books of Ratzinger." I had asked Ms. Fallaci whether there was any contemporary leader she admired, and Pope Benedict XVI was evidently a man in whom she reposed some trust. "I am an atheist, and if an atheist and a pope think the same things, there must be something true. It's that simple! There must be some human truth here that is beyond religion." More here
Fallaci claims to be neither left nor right. She despises the left
for the obvious reasons and holds the right in contempt for being weak.
For not taking a hard stand and making the tough choices.
"Don't believe in a
dialog with Islam. That's a naivete. It can only be a monologue. They
do not believe in pluralism. There is no such thing as a "moderate
Islam" and a Radical Islam. There is only one Islam."
I too believe this as much as it pains me to say it. I would like nothing better to believe that there is a side we can do business with, talk to. But that is self deluding.
Fallaci:"The real enemy is Islam and the most catastrophic threat is immigration not terror. It is immigration. And they do not integrate in Europe. Maybe in the USA but not in Europe. Those riots in France are a result of that very thing". The Chinese, Vietnamese etc immigrants are not rioting and tearing down the very fabric of society.
"They [The Islamists] are very patient. And Clever."
"This war needs boldness."
"WAKE UP WAKE UP. WE ARE AT WAR. WAR HAS BEEN DECLARED ON THE WEST AND WE MUST FIGHT. One or the other must perish."
And so she has spoken. And we, who stand on her shoulders, will pick up the mantle and carry on. Thank you Orianna, go with Gd.
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.