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June 23, 2005

Civilizations die from suicide, not by murder

Oriana FallaciShe knows the score and she's not afraid to speak out about it. A must read interview with the fierce anti-facist, Oriana Fallaci. Fallaci is staying in New York because going back to Italy will subject her to possible prison.

What crime did Oriana commit?

one of the most renowned journalists of the modern era has been indicted by a judge in her native Italy under provisions of the Italian Penal Code which proscribe the "vilipendio," or "vilification," of "any religion admitted by the state."

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.

Fallaci, who fought actual fascists during WWII is not shy about what is happening in Europe.
"Europe is no longer Europe, it is 'Eurabia,' a colony of Islam, where the Islamic invasion does not proceed only in a physical sense, but also in a mental and cultural sense. Servility to the invaders has poisoned democracy, with obvious consequences for the freedom of thought, and for the concept itself of liberty"


"You cannot survive if you do not know the past. We know why all the other civilizations have collapsed--from an excess of welfare, of richness, and from lack of morality, of spirituality." (She uses "welfare" here in the sense of well-being, so she is talking, really, of decadence.) "The moment you give up your principles, and your values . . . the moment you laugh at those principles, and those values, you are dead, your culture is dead, your civilization is dead. Period."

The basic value of Western Civ is the sovereignty of the individual, and we can easily observe that huge chunks of that have been stripped in Europe, suppressed in Canada and is nibbled away in the US with every dilution of the meaning of the word "rights" and vilification of the word "morality."

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