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How the West Was Won and How It Will Be Lost
The American Enterprise ^ | January/February 2003 | Oriana Fallaci

Posted on 12/20/2002 7:50:22 AM PST by Valin

I don’t hide. I never have. I stay at home because I like to stay at home, and at home I work. I have not appeared in public for at least ten years. No interviews, no TV.

Why am I here, then? Because, since September 11, we are at war. Because the front line of that war is here, in America. Because when I was a war correspondent, I liked to be on the front line. And this time, in this war, I do not feel as a war correspondent. I feel as a soldier. The duty of a soldier is to fight. And to fight this war, I deploy a personal weapon. It is not a gun. It’s a small book, The Rage and The Pride.

My soldier weapon is the weapon of truth. The truth that begins with the truth I maintain in these pages:

“From Afghanistan to Sudan, from Palestine to Pakistan, from Malaysia to Iran, from Egypt to Iraq, from Algeria to Senegal, from Syria to Kenya, from Libya to Chad, from Lebanon to Morocco, from Indonesia to Yemen, from Saudi Arabia to Somalia, the hate for the West swells like a fire fed by the wind. And the followers of Islamic fundamentalism multiply like a protozoa of a cell which splits to become two cells then four then eight then sixteen then thirty-two to infinity. Those who are not aware of it only have to look at the images that the TV brings us every day. The multitudes that impregnate the streets of Islamabad, the squares of Nairobi, the mosques of Tehran. The ferocious faces, the threatening fists. The fires that burn the American flag and the photos of Bush.”

“The clash between us and them is not a military clash. Oh, no. It is a cultural one, a religious one. And our military victories do not solve the offensive of Islamic terrorism. On the contrary, they encourage it. They exacerbate it, they multiply it. The worst is still to come.”

President Bush has said, “We refuse to live in fear.”

Beautiful sentence, very beautiful. I loved it! But inexact, Mr. President, because the West does live in fear. People are afraid to speak against the Islamic world. Afraid to offend, and to be punished for offending, the sons of Allah. You can insult the Christians, the Buddhists, the Hindus, the Jews. You can slander the Catholics, you can spit on the Madonna and Jesus Christ. But, woe betide the citizen who pronounces a word against the Islamic religion.

My small book is not tender with Islam. In certain passages, it is even ferocious. But it is much more ferocious with us: with us Italians, us Europeans, us Americans.

I call my book a sermon—addressed to the Italians, to the Europeans, the Westerners. And along with the rage, this sermon unchains the pride for their culture, my culture. That culture that in spite of its mistakes, its faults, even monstrosities, has given so much to the world. It has moved us from the tents of the deserts and the huts of the woods to the dignity of civilization. It has given us the concept of beauty, of morals, of freedom, of equality. It has made the unique conquest in the social field, in the realm of science. It has wiped out diseases.

It has invented all the tools that make life easier and more intelligent, those tools that our enemy can also use, for instance, to kill us. It has brought us to the moon and to

Mars, and this cannot be said of the other culture. A culture, which has produced and produces only religion, which in every sense imprisons women inside the burkah or the chador, which is never accompanied by a drop of freedom, a drop of democracy, which subjugates its people under theocratical, oppressive regimes.

Socrates and Aristotle and Heraclitus were not mullahs. Jesus Christ, neither. Leonardo da Vinci and Michaelangelo, and Galileo, and Copernicus, and Newton and Pasteur and Einstein, the same.

My book is also a j’accuse. To accuse us of cowardice, hypocrisy, laziness, moral misery, and of all that comes with that. The stupidity of the unbearable fad of political correctness, for instance. The paucity of our schools, our universities, our young people, people who often don’t even know the story of their country, the names Jefferson, Franklin, Robespierre, Napoleon, Garibaldi. And no understanding that freedom cannot exist without discipline, self-discipline.

I accuse ourselves also of another crime: the loss of passion. Haven’t you understood what drives our enemies? What permits them to fight this war against us? The passion!

They have passion! They have so much passion that they can die for it!

Their leaders, too, of course. I met Khomeini. I discussed with him for more than six hours in calm, and I tell you that that man was a man of passion. I never met bin Laden. But I have well observed his eyes. I have well listened to his voice. And I tell you that that man is a man of passion. We have lost passion.

Well, I have not. I boil with passion. I, too, am ready to die for passion. But around me, I see no passion. Even those who hate me and attack me and insult me do this without passion. They are mollusks, not men and women. And a civilization, a culture, cannot survive without passion, cannot be saved without passion. If the West does not wake up, if we do not refind passion, we are lost.

To quote from my book:

“The problem is that the solution does not depend upon the death of Osama bin Laden. Because the Osama bin Ladens are too many, by now: as cloned as the sheep of our research laboratories…. In fact, the best trained and the more intelligent do not stay in the Muslim countries... They stay in our own countries, in our cities, our universities, our business companies. They have excellent bonds with our churches, our banks, our televisions, our radios, our newspapers, our publishers, our academic organizations, our unions, our political parties…. Worse, they live in the heart of a society that hosts them without questioning their differences, with- out checking their bad intentions, without penalizing their sullen fanaticism.”

[“I]f we continue to stay inert, they will become always more and more. They will demand always more and more, they will vex and boss us always more and more. ’Til the point of subduing us. Therefore, dealing with them is impossible. Attempting a dialogue, unthinkable. Showing indulgence, suicidal. And he or she who believes the contrary is a fool.”

This is what I write about Europe: “Identical [are our] faults, the cowardices, the hypocrisies. Identical the blindness, the deafness, the lack of wisdom, the masochism…. Identical the ignorance and the lack of leadership that favors the Muslim invasion. Identical the fad of the Politically Correct that encourages it. To believe me, you only have to observe the financial club you proudly call European Union. A club that only serves to impose the rhetorical nonsense called common currency…to pay fabulous and undeserved salaries (tax free) to the members of its inept and useless Parliament….

“A club that shelters more than 15 million sons of Allah and God knows how many of their terrorists... A club that fornicates like a whore with the Arab countries and fills its pockets with their filthy petrodollars. The same petrodollars with which the Saudi Uncle Scrooges buy our ancient palaces, our banks, our commercial and industrial firms. A club, moreover, that dares to speak of cultural similarities with the Middle East…. [Y]ou chatterers, you mentally retarded[!] Where the hell is the cultural similarity with the Middle East, you cretins, you silly clowns?!? At Mecca? At Bethlehem, at Gaza, at Damascus, at Beirut?!? At Cairo, at Tripoli, at Nairobi, at Tehran, at Baghdad, at Kabul?!?

“When I was very young, about 17 or so, I longed so much for a united Europe! I came from a war in which the [Europeans] had pitilessly slaughtered each other: remember? The damned Second World War. Plunged up to his neck in the brand-new struggle, my father preached the European Federalism.... He held rallies, he spoke to the crowds, he chanted: ‘Europe! Europe! We must make Europe!’”

"But this frustrating and disappointing and insignificant Financial Club…[with] its sons of Allah who want to erase my civilization, this European Union, which chatters of Cultural-Similarities-with-the-Middle-East and meanwhile ignores my beautiful language, meanwhile sacrifices my national identity, is not the Europe I dreamed of when my father chanted, Europe-Europe. It is not Europe. It is the suicide of Europe.”

The American Enterprise Online – TAEmag.com


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: clashofcivilizatio; orianafallaci
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1 posted on 12/20/2002 7:50:22 AM PST by Valin
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To: Valin
[speaking of PC Westerners]..."They are molluscs, not men and women."

bttt
2 posted on 12/20/2002 7:57:26 AM PST by headsonpikes
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To: headsonpikes
I ordered a copy of the book yesterday.
3 posted on 12/20/2002 8:00:19 AM PST by Citizen Tom Paine
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To: Valin
The Rage and The Pride by Oriana Fallaci
4 posted on 12/20/2002 8:04:23 AM PST by Sloopy
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To: dennisw; knighthawk; Sabertooth; Valin
MEGA PING FOR THE WEST'S GREATEST LIVING RESISTOR!
5 posted on 12/20/2002 8:05:19 AM PST by Travis McGee
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To: Citizen Tom Paine; Sloopy
We'll know we have turned the corner in this war against the Islamikazis when we see Bush carrying her book onto Air Force One.
6 posted on 12/20/2002 8:06:55 AM PST by Travis McGee
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To: Valin
On FIRE!


7 posted on 12/20/2002 8:17:56 AM PST by martin_fierro
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To: Travis McGee
LOL! She's a real pistol!
8 posted on 12/20/2002 8:18:04 AM PST by headsonpikes
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To: headsonpikes
Yeah man, I wish we could clone a thousand fighters like her!
9 posted on 12/20/2002 8:20:32 AM PST by Travis McGee
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To: Valin
And no understanding that freedom cannot exist without discipline, self-discipline.

How true. And right now America is a nation of toddlers, wanting every wish, no matter how selfish, granted immediately.

10 posted on 12/20/2002 8:27:37 AM PST by Lizavetta
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To: Valin
Some molluscs right here on FR call my passion "hysteria", I guess that is because passion in a female is considered "hysteria" by the mentally lame. I usually laugh it off and carry on.

He is right about it, there is not even enough passion left for hatred of the lie, or injustice, or passion for what is right, much less enough left for survival. I think this has been the real killer of great civilizations from Babylon to Rome, decadent societies with no passion for what is right, and the misguided idea that, being at the pentacle, the world cannot go on without them, but it always does. The only passion in this nation is that of the Liberal destroyer, useful idiots and their money men, who have so much in common with Islam.
11 posted on 12/20/2002 8:37:25 AM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: Travis McGee; monkeyshine; ipaq2000; Lent; veronica; Sabramerican; beowolf; Nachum; BenF; angelo; ..
If you want or off this Islam/Israel/MidEast ping list please freep-mail me. Below is Mullah Hamza from the Finsbury Park Mosque in London.


12 posted on 12/20/2002 8:51:34 AM PST by dennisw
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To: dennisw
Mullah Hamza dreams of using that bomb created hook to "correct" our daughters' private parts in a way that will destroy their dirty lusty satanic natures.

If we can't stand up to such Islamofascists, we don't deserve our freedom.

13 posted on 12/20/2002 8:55:30 AM PST by Travis McGee
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To: Valin
BTTTTT
14 posted on 12/20/2002 9:05:17 AM PST by Lent
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To: Valin
Whew...
15 posted on 12/20/2002 9:35:37 AM PST by Nachum
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To: Valin
Whew...
16 posted on 12/20/2002 9:36:12 AM PST by Nachum
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To: dennisw
Jihad Hook.
17 posted on 12/20/2002 9:54:22 AM PST by sheik yerbouty
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To: Valin; ohioWfan; Dr. Eckleburg; Joshua; MHGinTN; sheltonmac; homeschool mama; xzins
Beautiful sentence, very beautiful. I loved it! But inexact, Mr. President, because the West does live in fear. People are afraid to speak against the Islamic world. Afraid to offend, and to be punished for offending, the sons of Allah. You can insult the Christians, the Buddhists, the Hindus, the Jews. You can slander the Catholics, you can spit on the Madonna and Jesus Christ. But, woe betide the citizen who pronounces a word against the Islamic religion.

Truth Bump!

18 posted on 12/20/2002 9:56:15 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: Valin
read later
19 posted on 12/20/2002 9:56:50 AM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: Valin
I wish Americans could get that stirred up about anything, or be firey like the patriots of Venezuela who are protesting against Castro II. We will die of blandness.
20 posted on 12/20/2002 10:01:22 AM PST by TexasRepublic
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To: RnMomof7
Please remove me from your ping list. Thank you.
21 posted on 12/20/2002 10:18:13 AM PST by homeschool mama
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To: homeschool mama
Actually you were never on it..but it is time the sheeple read and digest some truth...we have a problem..closing your eyes will not make it go away
22 posted on 12/20/2002 10:26:01 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: RnMomof7
I'm not a sheeple and would appreciate you not pinging me. Thank you.
23 posted on 12/20/2002 10:36:16 AM PST by homeschool mama
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24 posted on 12/20/2002 10:38:06 AM PST by RnMomof7
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To: dennisw
And our military victories do not solve the offensive of Islamic terrorism.

This is where the author and I differ. Kill enough of them and they crawl back in their holes. Charles Martel proved it at Tours. They re-emerged many years later, were beaten back and then went into remission.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk managed to actually civilize them. The same Turks which were massacring Armenian Christians 1914-1918 were embracing the west a short ten years later thanks in no small part to this guy, truly one of the greatest figures of the last century, whom all but the most incorrigible fundamentalists embrace with pride. His tactics and those of Charles Martel deserve careful study by the West.

25 posted on 12/20/2002 10:45:41 AM PST by Vigilanteman
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To: TexasRepublic
Nobody cares to fight a good fight. Nobody wants to bloody a nose anymore. Everything is so PC, so ying-yang it's pathetic.
26 posted on 12/20/2002 10:52:46 AM PST by USMMA_83
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To: Valin
I can remember years ago when Oriana Fallaci was a mild liberal - well, she had the usual ideas. She published a book called "Un uomo", or "A man", based a bit on some political prisoner in Greece under the Colonels. Actually, Panagoulis tried to assassinate Papadopoulos, and when he was let out of prison in the early 70's, Fallaci interviewed him and then moved in with him.

She's enthusiastic. You have to give her that.

27 posted on 12/20/2002 11:02:10 AM PST by anatolfz
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To: Valin
The Second Coming - W.B. Yeats

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world
,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity
.
Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

28 posted on 12/20/2002 11:28:01 AM PST by boris
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To: Valin; *Clash of Civilizatio
Indexing.
29 posted on 12/20/2002 11:46:29 AM PST by denydenydeny
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To: headsonpikes; Valin
Pretty sad commentary when the biggest pair in Europe appears to be swinging from a woman.
30 posted on 12/20/2002 12:51:37 PM PST by metesky
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To: metesky
"...the biggest pair in Europe..."

Shades of Mrs. Thatcher!

There is plenty of precedent...Boadicca, Jean D'arc, Elizabeh I, Catherine..;^)
31 posted on 12/20/2002 1:32:32 PM PST by headsonpikes
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To: headsonpikes
Unfourtunately, it'll take more than Oriana's hectoring to save Europe from itself this time around.
32 posted on 12/20/2002 2:18:17 PM PST by metesky
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To: Valin
bttt
33 posted on 12/20/2002 3:03:46 PM PST by headsonpikes
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To: MissAmericanPie
Good post!!

g

34 posted on 12/20/2002 3:05:17 PM PST by Geezerette
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To: dennisw
Did he steal something?? I have always heard that A-rabs whack off yer hand when ya steal somethin'.

g

35 posted on 12/20/2002 3:07:14 PM PST by Geezerette
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To: Geezerette
Thank you.=o)
36 posted on 12/20/2002 3:59:16 PM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: Vigilanteman
Do you really think that Europe's got the cajones to deport or massacre 15 million muslims or expel them in any other way nowadays?
37 posted on 12/20/2002 4:04:27 PM PST by America's Resolve
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To: America's Resolve
Europe won't unless forced into a corner. However, the Turks, Russians and some of the recent Eastern European members of NATO would definitely give it a go.
38 posted on 12/20/2002 7:05:41 PM PST by Vigilanteman
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To: Geezerette
Did he steal something?? I have always heard that A-rabs whack off yer hand when ya steal somethin'.

I call him the Captain Hook mullah. He lost his hand and one eye, damaged another hand in a bomb accident or combat in Bosnia.

http://www.al-bab.com/yemen/artic/mei46.htm


39 posted on 12/20/2002 7:28:44 PM PST by dennisw
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To: MissAmericanPie
You know like and agree with her or not. She writes good it's such a pleasure to read her. The impression I get is she could really give a flying (bleep) weather anyone agrees with her or not.
40 posted on 12/20/2002 7:48:49 PM PST by Valin
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To: America's Resolve
The question is do they have to deport them all?
41 posted on 12/20/2002 7:50:07 PM PST by Valin
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To: Valin
I like her, never heard of her but I intend to correct that.
42 posted on 12/20/2002 7:56:16 PM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: Vigilanteman
Europe won't unless forced into a corner. However, the Turks, Russians and some of the recent Eastern European members of NATO would definitely give it a go.

It's not only Europe rotting in PC Musli-ass licking.

An example from New Zealand: A guy hires a taxi; the driver - a Somalian phoney refugee - doesn't understand English, doesn't know where to drive, and rips him off with a huge amount of money.

The guy complains to the company, and when the boss speaks to the cabby, the latter files a complaint with the Race Relations Commission.

The commies from the Commission make the life of the "racist" customer so miserable, that he calls the taxi company again seeking to meet the f*cken tribesman and to explain that he's not a racist, but ready to apologise!!!

And the savage behaves as a prima donna!

43 posted on 12/20/2002 8:16:03 PM PST by Neophyte
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To: Neophyte
Did that really happen?
44 posted on 12/20/2002 8:18:12 PM PST by dennisw
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To: Neophyte
Turks, Russians and some of the recent Eastern European members of NATO would definitely give it a go...

I doubt it. Serbs tryed, then America bombed them back into the Stone age.

Even now, the so called international forces keep defending Albanians in Kosovo, tolerate fundamentalist Islamic regime in Bosnia and continue to mock justice in the Hague kangaroo court.

45 posted on 12/20/2002 8:36:40 PM PST by Neophyte
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To: MissAmericanPie
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/672609/posts
Click and enjoy
46 posted on 12/20/2002 9:18:12 PM PST by Valin
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To: Valin
Thank you for the link.
47 posted on 12/20/2002 9:33:13 PM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: Valin
The question is do they have to deport them all?

Hmmm. Unless they can find a RELIABLE way to tell the terrorists/fundamentalists from the every day Abdul-schmuck, they're going to have to.

Unfortunately it's not that easy for them anymore. During the Battle of Tours and the Reconquista it was easy. The Muslims weren't citizens of the respective countries and they most certainly weren't citizens with special rights under the law.

Personally, I think that Europe's slit their throat through multiculturism. As Mark Steyn put it so eloquently, they're "sleepwalking their way to suicide".

Always remember the 25% solution for muslims. At 25% of the population, they'll begin agitating for either autonomous areas or outright take over and imposition of Sharia law.

Belgium, Holland and France are beginning to have their their eyes opened to what kind of people their dealing with, but it's too late. I understand that in the housing projects around Paris, there are almost a million Muslims of Algerian/Morrocan descent and they hate France, not on religious grounds necessarily, but simply because it's France. They even boo'd the La Marsilles, Frances national Anthem during the World Cup soccer match between France and Algeria a year back.

Sorry. I'm rambling maybe. I guess my premise is that even if Europe has the will to eject the most hatefull fundamentalists, I don't think it's nearly so cut and dried as just saying it. And Im not sure that they're going to have the will until they get a 911 handed to them.

Godspeed

48 posted on 12/20/2002 9:39:20 PM PST by America's Resolve
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To: Valin
Good narrative and to the point.

But not ALL westerners fall into that category. Among my biggest heros are Richard Coeur D'Lione, Vlad Tepes, and Charles Martel. My favorite saints are Santiago Matamoros,
Saint George and Saint Michael.

The west could sure use all of them today.
49 posted on 12/20/2002 9:44:30 PM PST by ZULU
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To: Vigilanteman
Europe won't unless forced into a corner. However, the Turks, Russians and some of the recent Eastern European members of NATO would definitely give it a go.

I sure hope you're right. Europe and Russia outside the US represent most of what I consider civilization. Until the US, Europe, Russia, India and Israel decide that Islam IS the enemy I think that the muslims are going to nickle and dime us to death.

50 posted on 12/20/2002 9:46:19 PM PST by America's Resolve
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