posted on 01/13/2007 11:58:42 AM PST
She's 100% correct about arabs bathroom habits ... I'm in Orlando and I know that the major hotels put rooms aside for arabs... they don't diaper their children , they train them to poop and pee in a corner like a monkey ... The hotels charge them full rack rate and shampoo and sanitize the carpets after they leave... I personally was on a TWA flight to LV NV in 2000 and had the pleasure of being 2 rows behind an arab couple that let their kid poop on the seatcushion rather than taking him to the toilet... I was one of the few that stayed on the plane during a stop in St Louis and the ground crew sure enough muttered F***ing ARABS... they've seen it before...
But La Fallaci, a lifelong atheist, had come to the conclusion that secular humanism was an insufficient rallying cry, that it had in some sense led to the gaping nullity of contemporary European identity which Islam had simply steamrollered. By the end, she was if not a Christian then, as she formulated it, a Christian atheist. In 2005 she was granted a private audience with Pope Benedict on the understanding that she would never divulge what was discussed. It would be interesting to know, but its safe to say that for once it wasnt Go fuck yourself. I say what I want.
posted on 01/13/2007 12:10:40 PM PST
(Iraq: Give therapeutic violence a chance!)
Beautiful eulogy. Thanks for posting this
posted on 01/13/2007 12:13:30 PM PST
This is a good article. Although I haven't read The Rage and The Pride, this is an interesting article about the woman herself ... I wonder what the Pope told her?
posted on 01/13/2007 12:16:09 PM PST
Interesting. Wiki shows her as a member of the WWII resistance movement. Sounds (and she even kind of looks) like she was the Anne Coulter of her day.....
posted on 01/13/2007 12:27:52 PM PST
("Idiocy - Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers" - despair.com)
This is like yelling "Fore!" after watching some guy drop. :-)
posted on 01/13/2007 12:28:37 PM PST
Writer and subject well matched.
posted on 01/13/2007 12:32:13 PM PST
Steyn saved some of his best writing to eulogize someoneone who was one of the best writers in the twentieth century.
posted on 01/13/2007 12:54:59 PM PST
(Give Pelosi and Reid Enough Rope to Hang Themselves.)
posted on 01/13/2007 1:02:56 PM PST
by To Hell With Poverty
(If this city were any 'bluer', it'd be spelled 'bleu'.)
If I were to hazard a guess, Fallaci has given up her unwanted mantle and Steyn has unwittingly assumed it.
posted on 01/13/2007 1:06:42 PM PST
(Who ya gonna believe? The President’s sappy “religion of peace” speeches or your lyin’ eyes?-M Steyn)
To: Rummyfan; Pokey78; definitelynotaliberal; Merta; Alouette; SJackson; Salem; fanfan; GMMAC; Clive; ..
posted on 01/13/2007 1:08:12 PM PST
by Alexander Rubin
(Octavius - You make my heart glad building thus, as if Rome is to be eternal.)
La Fallaci was astounded by the grim, determined silence on the part of who she thought were here feminist colleagues toward a political and religious movement so misogynistic that it defies description. Like Christopher Hitchens she understood that the left has become so reflexive that it no longer attempts to judge actions by ideals, but only by whom its enemies are. And so we have a Germaine Greer defending the proponents of female circumcision and the burqa because she happens to share their political enemies.
Such hope as there may be in all this is that in the end Fallaci's parents and she herself did end up fighting fascism after all, though for a time it seemed advantageous to allow it to tear down the old order. That isn't a great deal of comfort but it's something - should it come to the barricades we are likely to have the denizens of the Daily Kos alongside us asking politely to be taught how to shoot. At that point the barricades will be on Main Street.
To: an italian
Ping to my Italian friend! Oriana tribute by Mark Steyn, the greatest editorial writer of today, to the greatest journalist of 20th century.
posted on 01/13/2007 3:44:46 PM PST
(Here's an experiment for God's existence: Ask Him to contact you.)
posted on 01/14/2007 7:34:56 PM PST
( Firearm of choice: Sig Sauer....)
Great Steyn post.
She was a good human that recognizes the threat that Islam is for the rest of us. Even at her advanced age she was a beautiful woman. That alone tells you that what you think inside, is displayed outside.
posted on 01/14/2007 7:55:18 PM PST
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