An Oriana Fallaci reader
Former Italian Resistance member during WWII, Communist and war correspondent Oriana Fallaci is dying of cancer, but she’s going out with a fight. If you haven’t read Rage and Pride, you probably haven’t heard about the ensuing lawsuits
A radical Muslim leader, Adel Smith, told the Guardian he was bringing a civil action for damages against the writer and journalist Oriana Fallaci. He has already succeeded in getting Ms Fallaci committed for trial next year in criminal proceedings for blasphemy.
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Mr Smith accuses her of “using the same techniques as were used in the Nazi era against the Jews”. The judge in Bergamo to whom he took his complaints rejected a request for Ms Fallaci to be charged with inciting racial hatred, but agreed that there were 18 instances of blasphemy.
In May, an Italian judge committed her for trial on charges of offending Islam, but this has served only to reinforce her self-image as a wronged Cassandra. Her writings have been the subject of legal proceedings in France and Switzerland.
If you want to read what Fallaci has to say, here’s a reader:
March 2003 The Rage, the Pride and the Doubt: Thoughts on the eve of battle in Iraq.
June 2005 Prophet of Decline: An interview with Oriana Fallaci
July 2005 (via Roger L. Simon) Mystery Achievement‘s 4-part translation of “The Enemy We Treat Like A Friend” Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.