A few days ago, Americans paid tribute to the fallen victims on September 11th, seven years since 9/11/2001 when over 3,000 people, some American citizens and some not, were murdered by what we call "radical Islamists" following the teachings of Muhammed as directed in the Qur'an. These zealots flew airliners into the Twin Towers, into the Pentagon, and into a field in PA. The destruction they caused, not only in loss of life, but in the lives left to suffer the loss of loved ones, is incalcuable.
On September 15, 2006, the world lost the voice of Oriana Fallaci. Back in 2006 friend of mine, Robinik
, asked me along with some other bloggers to write a tribute to her. And so I did in Oriana Fallaci - Fire in the Soul
Soon the anniversary of the passing of Oriana Fallaci will be upon us once again and the woman who fought fascism from the age of 12 will be back in our memory. Exiled from her native Italy and very ill in New York City, she was - at long last - able to return to a clinic in Florence where she passed away on the soil of her home.
If you have not read The Rage and The Pride
, then you owe it to yourself to do so. You will scream; you will cry; and, if you are an American, you will feel at once shamed and chastened that one who has seen so much and done so much - while living here in exile - screamed out at Islamic Terrorism perpetrated in her adopted town of Manhattan. New York City.
What will make you feel shame and your cheeks burn with embarrassment is her clear-eyed understanding of the threat we face. Here is just a bit from the cover of book:
"With her rigorous logic, lucidity of mind, she defends our culture and blames what she calls our blindness, our deafness, our masochism, the conformism and the arrogance of the Politically Correct."
This short piece is a tribute to Oriana Fallaci and a call to Diana West
to please "become the voice of Oriana Fallaci" in our time to speak truth to the oppression of Islam, to raise the courage to do even more and relentlessly shout into the face of our labotomized culture before more of us must die on the flames stoked by Islam.
One more quotation from an interview with Diana West has a fitting place here in my tribute to Oriana Fallaci:
One more excellent interview needs to be brought to your attention. It is an interview with Diana West
who has written on the oppression of Islam to its adherents and its threat to Western Civilization. In this interview, it is clear that she has reached a cross-roads in her reasoned views: We're all children now?
. The title is a bit misleading but go have a look and read.
One quotation from Diana West in the interview should spark your interest: for readability, I made a few paragraph breaks.
"I have come to believe that the Western way of life - which I'll define in brief as life lived according to Judeo-Christian-evolved morality and liberty - is imperiled by the demographic spread and influence of Islamic ideology and laws. Notice I didn't say the spread of "Islamism." Or "Islamist-ism." Or "Islamofascism." Or just "Wahhabism." Or "fundamentalist militant extremism."
Over the years, I have used most of these "ists" and "isms" in my column, trying them out one by one until I got to the point where I realized they were serving as a distraction, a form of verbal camouflage that turns our attention away from the ideology and laws of Islam itself.
In the cause of not-giving-offense - the highest cause of Westerners-turned-multiculturalists - we have prevented ourselves from undertaking a hard-eyed appraisal of Islamic ideology as a whole, jihadism included, and engaging in a serious discussion of how to contain it."
Diana West's columns can be found here
; her book, The Death of the Grown-up: How America's Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization
, can be found here
. In other words, we are bringing this scourge upon ourselves. related post
To Oriana Fallaci, a great woman who spent her life fighting fascism and oppression and who knew with clear-eyed reason the threat of Islam and was not afraid to call it the threat it is to Western Civilization, to the great and brave Oriana Fallaci - rest in peace!
Thank you for speaking out about America and the greatness we have in us if only we will rise to the treat and take the measures that must be taken to save our Western culture and freedoms and to, as Diana West states, "contain the threat."
And what measures should we take? One is to identily Islam as a political ideology dressed up as a religion. The tenets of our "freedom of religion" do not extend a group which desires world domination and is using our "freedom of religion" to work to impose its rules upon the rest of us, thereby relegating our Christian denominations to second-class position.
We need to be on the alert and we need to be strong enough to act. Reading Oriana Fallaci's work will give us a view of the greatness that is America. We need to start there...and we need to face the fact that protecting ourselves and our cultural heritage is not a bad thing; it is the ONLY thing when dealing with a world-wide ideology that seeks world domination.
To Oriana Fallaci, we owe a debt of gratitude for screaming out in defiant rage at the insanity of the 9/11 bombings and for calling us to action to recognize the threat and addressing it, not capitualing with our tails between our legs like confused puppies who have been smacked once too often on the nose by political correctnss which stifles our freedom of speech and robs us of our survival reason and logic.
Labels: 9/11, Diana West, Islamic Terrorism, Oriana Fallaci