SOME WORSHIP HER, WHILE OTHERS HATE HER: ORIANA FALLACI
"Even if everyone on this planet thinks differently, I will think the way I think."
She was the first to trumpet in an open and uncensored way about the dangers approaching Europe in the form of an emigration expansion from the East, in particular, from Islamic countries. She has lectured at many universities in Italy and America, among them Harvard, Chicago, and Yale. Her books, articles and interviews have been translated into 26 languages.
For some, her views were harsh and offensive, for others they were fair and salutary. But she was the person who managed to produce a great resonance in society around the topic of the civilizational danger of Europe and gain world fame. She took "poignant and merciless" interviews with such world figures as Henry Kissinger, the US Secretary of State, Yasser Arafat, Leader of the Palestinians, Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India, Golda Meir, Prime Minister of Israel, Iran’s leader Ayatollah Khomeini, and Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
She devoted her life to the struggle against all forms of fascism and totalitarianism, and years later - against Islamic fundamentalism, in which she saw manifestations of the same fascism.
This controversial, flamboyant journalist is Oriana Fallaci, an Italian by birth. She was born in 1929 in Florence, Italy, and, at the age of 14, she joined the underground resistance movement against the Mussolini regime with her father at the height of the Second World War, when her country was under the rule of the Nazis.
In front of her eyes, the Nazis tortured her father, her life was put at risk more than once when travelling for work purposes to hot spots of the world, at the point where she was thrown to a pile of corpses, seriously wounded and covered in blood, as people thought that she was dead.
A wartime childhood brought up a fighting spirit in her, which manifested itself in honest and direct statements. She never crooked her soul and did not try to please anyone. As a teenager, Fallaci set for herself the goal of fighting arbitrariness and violence. She could be called a left-wing democrat.
She began her career as a journalist at the age of 16, and since then her works have been published in such reputable publications as The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Corriere della Sera, Nouvelle Observatory and others.
A turning point for her political views and further journalistic activism was the tragedy of September 11, 2001, which she witnessed. She is one of the first political journalists who not only predicted the full danger of terrorism, but saw a tool of radical Islamic expansion around the world in it.
From that moment on, she devoted her life to the struggle against terrorism and began to see Islam as religion as a threat to European (including American) civilization.
She stated that, in essence, the activities of Muslims in Europe today are simply the continuation of what they began in the 7th century (with the birth of Islam): an invasion that has always existed, but was briefly interrupted after the First World War with the collapse of the Ottoman empire.
Her tough stance earned her the love and respect of millions of people, and at the same time - the hatred of left-wing pacifists, globalists and supporters of the Islamization of Europe.
Fallaci was an active supporter of the unification of Europe and positioned herself as a defender of the achievements of European civilization.
“When I was very young (...) I longed for the unification of Europe. Then I returned from a war in which Italians and French, Italians and English, Italians and Greeks, Italians and Finns, Italians and Russians, Italians and Germans, Germans and French, and British, and Poles, and Dutch, and Danes, and Finns, and the Russians, etc., mercilessly killed each other, don’t you remember? (...) Damned World War II. "
At the same time, she was proud of her Italian roots and of Italy's contribution to this civilization. She felt deep anger and resentment towards those who destroyed the foundations of her country. She said that Europe gave birth to a much more dangerous ideology than Hitler's Nazism or Mussolini's fascism, the consequences of which we can see in today's globalization, when the diligent erasure of borders gave birth to a new Western society without gender differences, without religion, without the institution of the family and national roots - “an empty space”, in which migrants from Islamic countries sprout their roots.
More than ten years ago, Fallaci called all this "political unprincipled-ness." After all, the evil was obvious then, but today it is hiding behind "verbiage, pretending to be humanity."
“The trouble is probably that I do not see Richard the Lionheart in any of the European leaders,” she said. “Italy loves its flag and puts its right hand on its heart to salute the anthem. This is Italy, which I dreamed of when I was a little girl without decent shoes. This Italy exists, although it is silenced, ridiculed, insulted, but it is still alive, in spite of all those who want to steal it from me. Cursed be those who encroach on it. Whoever those invaders are."
She has written four books warning humanity about Europe's transformation into an Islamic caliphate: Inshallah (about the civil war in Lebanon), Oriana Fallaci Interviews Oriana Fallaci, Apocalypse (epilogue to the previous book), The Rage and the Pride, and The Force of Reason.
Despite the fact that she was prosecuted for her harsh views in her homeland, and not to mention the fact that she could be a desirable target for thousands of terrorists, nevertheless, she received what she deserved by the end of her life, in 2005. She received recognition for her work from Berlusconi, the Prime Minister of Italy, who awarded her a gold medal for her contribution to culture.
Oriana could no longer attend the awards ceremony, but sent a letter: “The gold medal touched me very much, because it is an award for my hard work as a writer and a journalist, for my struggle to defend our culture, for my love for my Country and Freedom ... My well-known state of health does not allow me to come and personally receive the award, which for me, for a woman who is not too accustomed to medals and trophies, is of great ethical and moral importance.”
Oriana Fallaci died on September 15, 2006 from chronic cancer in her homeland Florence, as she wanted. She left an indelible mark on the minds of both her contemporaries and today in the hearts of those who see her as a seer. Seers are the talented journalists and writers - the predictors of global threats.
Let's hope that the situation in Europe and the persecution of Christians in the East in 2021 will make as many people as possible think about contributing to the revival of the Christian civilization in Europe, and not to its degeneration. The decline of Europe will inevitably affect not only the appearance of the autochthonous nations inhabiting it, but also the Christian countries of the Middle East region.