September 18, 2006

One Gutsy Lady

Award-winning writer and journalist Oriana Fallaci finally lost her battle with cancer last weekend. In the process one of the world’s most outspoken critics of Islamic fascism was silenced. For a taste of her sentiments, read this account of her feelings about 9-11 as a resident of New York City: The Rage & The Pride.

For her second book “The Force of Reasonshe was indicted by an Italian judge to stand trial for defamation of Islam. She never lived long enough to go through that travesty of justice in the country of her birth.

It’s ironic that she died on the same weekend as the Islamic Jihadists declared war one of her favourite people. Here is an extract from a 2005 interview:

"I feel less alone when I read the books of Ratzinger." I had asked Ms. Fallaci whether there was any contemporary leader she admired, and Pope Benedict XVI was evidently a man in whom she reposed some trust. "I am an atheist, and if an atheist and a pope think the same things, there must be something true. It's that simple! There must be some human truth here that is beyond religion."

Those books are well worth reading.


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