Friday, September 15, 2006

Oriana Fallaci Dies

Sad news, columnist and author Oriana Fallaci has died. Read this piece on her legal troubles in Italy:
In her case, the religion deemed vilified is Islam, and the vilification was perpetrated, apparently, in a book she wrote last year--and which has sold many more than a million copies all over Europe--called "The Force of Reason." Its astringent thesis is that the Old Continent is on the verge of becoming a dominion of Islam, and that the people of the West have surrendered themselves fecklessly to the "sons of Allah." So in a nutshell, Oriana Fallaci faces up to two years' imprisonment for her beliefs--which is one reason why she has chosen to stay put in New York. Let us give thanks for the First Amendment.


CultMan said...

Wow -- didn't notice this. Stunned. And now I somehow feel truly ashamed that I sold may collection of her stuff at our garage sale last year. Probably for under a buck!

Great woman. Wish I had met her in person.

zaphod said...

Wretchard, over at The Belmont Club, honors her with this post... An extraordinary woman.