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FrontPage Magazine's Woman of the Year: Oriana Fallaci
Front Page Magazine ^ | 30 December 2005 | FrontPage Magazine

Posted on 12/30/2005 4:39:35 AM PST by unionblue83

After spending most of the last century fighting against fascism, Oriana Fallaci continues to demonstrate the enduring grip of Orwellianism: she is to be tried in Italy for thought-crime. For spending her childhood fighting Hitler and Mussolini, and for dedicating the last four years of her life to rousing the West to the danger posed by Islamofascism, she more than merits designation as FrontPage Magazine’s Woman of the Year.

Oriana Fallaci has rebelled against fascism most of her life. She is not an ideologue, bound to implement any given ideology. Hers is a defensive mission. She is, by her own designation, neither a conservative nor a leftist, finding defects with both. Like FrontPage Magazine, her main concern is fighting encroaching totalitarianism, not advancing a narrow partisan agenda ruled by either orthodoxy.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2005review; fallaci; islam; manoftheyear; muslim; orianafallaci; waronterror; woman
Wish more people new who Oriana is.
1 posted on 12/30/2005 4:39:37 AM PST by unionblue83
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To: RhoTheta

Ping.


2 posted on 12/30/2005 4:52:44 AM PST by Egon (I don't want edible meat, I want edible animals. - CygnusXI)
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To: unionblue83

I don't know how Ms. Falacci could have spent most of the last century fighting "fascism," since fascism died, as a coherent political philosophy, in 1945. It survives only as a cuss word, describing things leftists don't like.


3 posted on 12/30/2005 4:56:34 AM PST by Thorin ("I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.")
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To: Thorin
"Totalitarianism" would serve as a better description.

At any rate, she shore don't like them islamics.

Unrepentant, Miss Fallaci calls the downing of the Twin Towers an act of cultural war and says the superior Western civilization must stand up and defeat Islam.

"War you wanted, war you want? Good. As far as I am concerned, war it is and war it will be. Until the last breath," she writes.


4 posted on 12/30/2005 5:17:43 AM PST by Max in Utah (By their works you shall know them.)
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To: unionblue83

BUMP


5 posted on 12/30/2005 5:21:08 AM PST by kitkat (Democrat/Socialist/Communist.= Hillary the RED)
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To: Thorin
That was weird.

In any event, I trust you don't consider her a leftist.

What do you think of her vis a vis the reality Islam, which, after all, is what the article is really about.

6 posted on 12/30/2005 5:23:22 AM PST by bornacatholic
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To: Thorin
According to Merriam-Webster, "... often capitalized : a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition 2 : a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control " Both definitions seem to fit quite well into the Quranic worldview.
7 posted on 12/30/2005 5:30:28 AM PST by unionblue83
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To: unionblue83

I never heard of her before this article. Interesting to know about her.


8 posted on 12/30/2005 5:31:57 AM PST by napscoordinator
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To: unionblue83

I just wish I knew how to express support for her, either moral or financial. This lady is one of my heroes. Her books are as un-PC as they can get; hence the cockroaches hope to hurt her in the courts. At her age, she should not fight alone.


9 posted on 12/30/2005 5:39:25 AM PST by Publius6961 (The IQ of California voters is about 420........... .............cumulatively)
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To: Thorin
I don't know how Ms. Falacci could have spent most of the last century fighting "fascism," since fascism died, as a coherent political philosophy, in 1945. It survives only as a cuss word, describing things leftists don't like.

I don't know. She interviewed Arafat years ago and exposed him as a thug. I think the PA (in their governing of the Palistinians) certainly qualify as fascists, don't you?

10 posted on 12/30/2005 5:43:35 AM PST by Timmy
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To: unionblue83
Here you go:

Oriana

11 posted on 12/30/2005 5:44:53 AM PST by Publius6961 (The IQ of California voters is about 420........... .............cumulatively)
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To: Publius6961
And another...

Another Article

12 posted on 12/30/2005 5:47:14 AM PST by Publius6961 (The IQ of California voters is about 420........... .............cumulatively)
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To: Max in Utah
"Unrepentant, Miss Fallaci calls the downing of the Twin Towers an act of cultural war and says the superior Western civilization must stand up and defeat Islam. 'War you wanted, war you want? Good. As far as I am concerned, war it is and war it will be. Until the last breath, ' she writes."

I found my soulmate.

13 posted on 12/30/2005 5:56:16 AM PST by manwiththehands (My Christmas wish: I wish Republicans were running the country.)
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To: Publius6961

I read this one on FrontPage some time ago. Thanks!


14 posted on 12/30/2005 6:03:15 AM PST by unionblue83
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To: Publius6961

Hadn't seen this one. It's good. I'm with you in wishing I knew how to support Oriana's fight.


15 posted on 12/30/2005 6:04:01 AM PST by unionblue83
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To: unionblue83
>>>>>Both definitions seem to fit quite well into the Quranic worldview.

The Koran was written in the 7th century and has nothing to do with fascism, which was a European movement with intellectual roots in 19th and 20th century Europe. This isn't too say that Islamic fundamentalism isn't evil. But it's not "fascist."

16 posted on 12/30/2005 7:23:33 AM PST by Thorin ("I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.")
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To: Thorin

So the Satanic Verses, er, I mean Koran, was the earliest form of fascism? To continue the semantics argument, it seems that Islamofascism is "a movement" that "stands for a centralized autocratic government" (the caliphate) "headed by a dictatorial leader" (ayatollah or mullahs), "severe economic and social regimentation" (dhimmitude)," and forcible suppression of opposition" (the constant references in the text itself to the killing of infidels/non-believers). I am still calling it Islamofascism.


17 posted on 12/30/2005 7:31:44 AM PST by unionblue83
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To: Thorin
"Fascism" as a concept is independent from where it was conceived. If it suits you better we can call Islamic fascism something else, "jihadism" perhaps, but the attributes are strikingly similar.

You seem to think that because the word "fascist" is not in the Koranic lexicon that we can not call it such in Islamic countries. That's just silly.
18 posted on 12/30/2005 7:39:06 AM PST by statered
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To: unionblue83
There is no such thing as "Islamofascism." That's a word made up by the British Commie Christopher Hitchens because he labels everyone and everything he dislikes as "fascist," as Commies typically do.

To take one small matter, fascism was marked by extreme nationalism and generally white racism. Islamic extremism contains neither element--the Islamists want to destroy all nations and unite the world under a caliphate and they are, obviously, not white racists.

19 posted on 12/30/2005 8:16:56 AM PST by Thorin ("I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.")
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To: Thorin; Alouette

So it's a version of Islamic "anti-religious everything that isn't Islam fascism", totalitarianism, or whatever other word you would prefer to use. So what if it's a made up word? Does that really matter other than semantically? Would it be Islamist or Islamics? I know what their goals, unstated or stated, are for the world at large. Which is exactly why we need to squash this movement with extreme prejudice. Peace through superior firepower. A great Briton understood this "movement" -- Winston Churchill and we are suffering for not listening to him then.


20 posted on 12/30/2005 8:38:29 AM PST by unionblue83
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To: unionblue83
>>>>>So it's a version of Islamic "anti-religious everything that isn't Islam fascism", totalitarianism, or whatever other word you would prefer to use.

How about "Islam?" I object to labelling everything we dislike "fascist," because it is a trick started by the Commies, for Commie reasons. By perpetuating it, we implicitly endorse the view that fascism was worse than Communism, even though Communism had a much higher body count.

21 posted on 12/30/2005 8:44:21 AM PST by Thorin ("I won't be reconstructed, and I do not give a damn.")
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To: Thorin

Communism, fascism and Islamic fundamentalism are all bad for the world, any way that you slice it. I don't think that the semantics argument makes any one of them "better" than the others. We destroyed the Hitler-Mussolini versions of fascism, we destroyed Communism on a grand scale thanks to Reaganus Maximus, and God willing we will destroy the Islamo fanatics the same way; terminology is irrelevant as long as the end-game is the same.


22 posted on 01/04/2006 4:32:07 AM PST by unionblue83
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To: bornacatholic
Her new book, "The Force Of Reason," is a wonderful tribute to reason. I am eagerly awaiting the final installment of her trilogy, "The Apocalypse" to make its appearing in English. Oriana is fluent in both languages but she prefers her native Italian for the same reason Dante and Petrarch did. The Italians call the Tuscan dialect "God's language." As for her beliefs, she's a Christian atheist. It sounds like a contradiction but she can't conceive of God creating such a cruel world. And how about something as backward as Islam? So I can understand why she doesn't think much of religion. She is a devout rationalist who doesn't care much for ideological straitjackets and can't be pigeonholed either as a leftist or a conservative. Oriana though, is an intellectual who writes with passion and moral clarity. That's rare for a European these days. And yes, she loves her adopted country as much as her native Italy.

(Denny Crane: "I Don't Want To Socialize With A Pinko Liberal Democrat Commie. Say What You Like About Republicans. We Stick To Our Convictions. Even When We Know We're Dead Wrong.")

23 posted on 03/07/2006 6:54:37 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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