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Posted on 12/07/2005 2:38:27 PM PST by Apolitical
2. ORIANA FALLACI
Kudos to Oriana Fallaci -- the gutsy, outspoken Italian journalist, author, and fearless champion of human freedom -- who has been named winner of the Annie Taylor Award by the Center for the Study of Popular Culture for "exceptional courage against great odds and in the face of great danger."
Fallaci, 75, has been fighting the good fight since 1944, when she joined the Italian anti-fascist resistance at age 14, and she has spent most of her life combating and exposing tyrants and murderers from Mussolini and Hitler to Stalin, as well as modern-day oppressors. In recent years, she has turned her acerbic pen on the likes of the Ayatollah Khomeini, Osama bin Laden, and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.
Life has not been easy for the veteran war correspondent, who has survived serious wounds during her long career, is currently suffering from cancer, and is the target of recurring death threats. Absurdly, in her home country's politicized court system, Fallaci is also facing three years in prison if convicted on "hate speech" charges for her strong criticism of radical Islamist ideology and terrorism.
The political prosecution arose out of Fallaci's 2002 book, The Rage and the Pride, in which she describes Europe's fatal passivity in the face of violence and intimidation. The fact that Fallaci's act of writing is considered a crime -- while the death threats she received after the book was published remain uninvestigated -- is a revealing commentary on the ideological nature of Continental "justice." In her latest book, The Force of Reason, Fallaci takes aim at the perpetrators of those attacks and threats.
Addressing the "hate speech" charges, Fallaci told the audience at the Taylor award ceremony that in fact she was proud to have expressed her loathing for those who would destroy Western civilization. "Yes, I do hate the bin Ladens and the Zarqawis," she said. "I do hate the bastards who burn churches in Europe. I hate the Chomskys and Moores and Farrakhans who sell us to the enemy. I hate them as I used to hate Mussolini and Hitler. For the cause of freedom, this is my sacrosanct right."
The Italian firebrand accused politicians from both the Left and the Right of complicity in the "abuse of democracy, demagogic egalitarianism, denial of merit, tyranny of the majority, and lack of self-discipline" that have debilitated Europe and threaten its survival.
Thus far, Fallaci's warnings against the global jihad threat have gone largely unheeded in Europe and have turned her into a pariah on a continent where appeasement and capitulation appear to be the only acceptable norms. But verbal abuse and threats of violence have neither stilled her voice nor refuted her cogent arguments...........
The Rage and the Pride is a great read. It can still be found on-line, for those who may not have read it. The book is at Amazon. A google search will turn up what I think is the shorter, original version in Italian or English. That whole text also appears here:
In an age where blow-dried, air-headed bimbos (both sexes) are passing for journalists, she remains the "real deal".
Can we trade her for Howard Dean and John Kerry?
I wouldn't lend any credence to a "hot" list that has Ben Affleck as #1.