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PostMore on Oriana Fallaci (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 12/14/15 7:44 pm)
Excellent post from Massoud Malek (13 December), but I would like to point out something more about Oriana Fallaci.
She was accused of being "ignorantissima" because she believed the stories that Colin Powell was forced to tell under orders from his Chief. Anyway, Italian public opinion is now correcting its judgment and believes that, forgetting the stupid war against Saddam (or maybe precisely because of it), Europe is really in the danger of being overcome by foreigners that have been seeking to do this for 1300 years. The specter of "Eurabia" is beginning to be feared and is considered real. The big problem is that once it was possible to defend Europe against invasions using the sword against the sword, but now against the refugees, what can be done other than open the door?
Anyway, I still believe that those who are really escaping from Daesh should fight instead of run. The young fellows who arrive should be sent back to enroll in the legitimate Syrian and Iraqi Armies (Assad and al-Abadi).
Personally I consider that Oriana Fallaci in her youth was not a freedom fighter but a terrorist, so she should not have been so tough against the Islamist terrorists. Of course she did not kill anybody but her friends did, if not by beheading many were shot in the back, and too many were civilians.
I am surprised that Massoud Malek is invoking a law of the Mussolini era to protect Islam. I believed that he did not like Mussolini. Anyway Massoud should not worry; Islam in Italy is well protected and many people are even cancelling the traditional Nativity celebration, for instance in schools, in order not to hurt the sensitivity of the Muslims. Frankly I think this it is ridiculous. In reality, in Italy neither Islam or the Judaism needs protection by law as religion. Public opinion may have problems with the state of Israel or with the Islamist fighters, but not in the way in which one prays, providing that does not impose his view on others.
JE comments: Greetings to all from Quito, Ecuador. Aldona and I had a busy afternoon getting to know the historical center of the city. Tomorrow--a full day of museums, and hopefully, several hours catching up on WAIS.