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Friday, March 17, 2006

Oriana Fallaci's Force of Reason

By Aussiegirl

This review of Oriana Fallaci's book "The Force of Reason" that appeared in the LA Weekly is not to be missed:

LA Weekly

In The Force of Reason, the controversial Italian journalist and novelist Oriana Fallaci illuminates one of the central enigmas of our time. How did Europe become home to an estimated 20 million Muslims in a mere three decades?

How did Islam go from being a virtual non-factor to a religion that threatens the preeminence of Christianity on the Continent? How could the most popular name for a baby boy in Brussels possibly be Mohammed? Can it really be true that Muslims plan to build a mosque in London that will hold 40,000 people? That Dutch cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam are close to having Muslim majorities? How was Europe, which was saved by the U.S. in world wars I and II, and whose Muslim Bosnians were rescued by the U.S. as recently as 1999, transformed into a place in which, as Fallaci puts it, “if I hate Americans I go to Heaven and if I hate Muslims I go to Hell?”

In attempting to answer these questions, the author, who is stricken with cancer and has been hounded by death threats and charges of “Islamophobia” (she is due to go on trial in France this June), has combined history with episodes of riveting firsthand reportage into a form that reads like a real-life conspiracy thriller.

[...]The book is also animated by a world-class journalist’s dismay that she could have missed the story of her lifetime for as long as she did. In the 1960s and ’70s, when she was a Vietnam War correspondent and a legendarily ferocious interviewer going mano a mano with the likes of Henry Kissinger and Yasser Arafat, Fallaci was simply too preoccupied with the events of the moment to notice that an entirely different narrative was rapidly taking shape — namely, the transformation of the West. There were clues, certainly. As when, in 1972, she interviewed the Palestinian terrorist George Habash, who told her (while a bodyguard aimed a submachine gun at her head) that the Palestinian problem was about far more than Israel. The Arab goal, Habash declared, was to wage war “against Europe and America” and to ensure that henceforth “there would be no peace for the West.” The Arabs, he informed her, would “advance step by step. Millimeter by millimeter. Year after year. Decade after decade. Determined, stubborn, patient. This is our strategy. A strategy that we shall expand throughout the whole planet.”

Fallaci thought he was referring simply to terrorism. Only later did she realize that he “also meant the cultural war, the demographic war, the religious war waged by stealing a country from its citizens … In short, the war waged through immigration, fertility, presumed pluriculturalism.” It is a low-level but deadly war that extends across the planet, as any newspaper reader can see.

[...]Fallaci is not the first person to ponder the rapidity of the ongoing Muslim transformation of Europe. As the English travel writer Jonathan Raban wrote in Arabia: A Journey Through the Labyrinth (1979), in the mid-1970s Arabs seemed to arrive in London almost overnight. “One day Arabs were a remote people … camping out in tents with camels … the next, they were neighbors.” On the streets of West London appeared black-clad women adorned with beaked masks that made them look “like hooded falcons.” Dressed for the desert (and walking precisely four steps ahead of the women), Arab men bestrode the sidewalks “like a crew of escaped film extras, their headdresses aswirl on the wind of exhaust fumes.”

Writers far better acquainted with the Muslim world than Raban have been equally perplexed. In 1995, the late American novelist Paul Bowles, a longtime resident of Tangier, told me that he could not understand why the French had allowed millions of North African Muslims into their country. Bowles had chosen to live among Muslims for most of his life, yet he obviously considered it highly unlikely that so many of them could be successfully integrated into a modern, secular European state.

Perhaps Bowles would have been interested in this passage from Fallaci’s book: “In 1974 [Algerian President] Houari Boumedienne, the man who ousted Ben Bella three years after Algerian independence, spoke before the General Assembly of the United Nations. And without circumlocutions he said: ‘One day millions of men will leave the southern hemisphere of this planet to burst into the northern one. But not as friends. Because they will burst in to conquer, and they will conquer by populating it with their children. Victory will come to us from the wombs of our women.’”

Such a bald statement of purpose by a nation’s president before an international forum seems incredible. Yet even in British journalist Adam LeBor’s A Heart Turned East (1997), a work of profound, almost supine sympathy for the plight of Muslim immigrants in the West, a London-based mullah is quoted as saying, “We cannot conquer these people with tanks and troops, so we have got to overcome them by force of numbers.” In fact, such remarks are commonplace. Just this week, Mullah Krekar, a Muslim supremacist living in Oslo, informed the Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten that Muslims would change Norway, not the other way around. “Just look at the development within Europe, where the number of Muslims is expanding like mosquitoes,” he said. “By 2050, 30 percent of the population in Europe will be Muslim.”

4 Comments:

At 6:37 PM, Anonymous scribe said...

Don't want to feed Bruce the Foolish-Soul-Looking-for-an-Exotic-Identity troll, but his arguments are laughable, if not pitiful:

"Islam is the religion of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad" It was ONLY the religion of Muhammed. What part of Jesus' teaching does Islam adhere? Does it say "turn the other cheek" or "love your enemies and do good to those who hate you?" No, Islam is vengeful and has no mercy on those who refuse to convert. It enslaves and forces tribute payment from all non-muslims. It will even allow killing of other muslims if it serves its purpose, even brainwashed Western converts.

The rate of Islam may be skyrocketing in places (mostly due to breeding), but sheer numbers do not translate into righteousness. Lynch mobs come to mind. Most of Germany had once converted to Naziism, but history has shown how wrong and disasterous that conversion was. Islam is equally as hate-filled as Naziism and because of their similiar ideology it had collaborated with the Nazis during WWII.

"I dare you to read the Quran as a purely intellectual exercise." What's intellectual about it? It's a disorganized mishmash of tribal incitement to murder, rape, pillage and plunder. It has none of the philosophical sophistication of Hinduism or Buddhism, nor does it have the learned culture of Judaism, nor does it have the theological vision or mystical depths of Christianity or its social welfare ethos. But Bruce has never learned these things about his former culture. Who knows why he didn't learn it--was it laziness? Did he grow up without any instruction in the basics of our culture? Or does he like violent, misogynist ideologies? We don't know how he abandoned simple logic and reasoning when it came to matters of faith. We don't know why he knows so little about his own culture. Poor Bruce.

Maybe the scientists Bruce-the- Anti-Westerner-Because-of-Ignorance works with subscribes to no religion, but remember folks, that's their right. Let God ONLY be their judge, not fascist ideologies like Islam who have killed those who only wanted to be left alone to make up their own minds. Even poor, deluded Bruce has the right to follow his "religion" to its logical conclusion which is slavery of mind and body.

Has Bruce ever wondered why the countries wherever Islam has gone are impoverished and remain so? The Moslems once conquered great Empires, then sucked them dry of all their brain power and talent, and now their descendents live on the ruins and in poverty around the world. Islam knows how to plunder and destroy, but never build. Yet this is what poor Bruce wants. He is no true believer in God at all--he is a nihilist, a beliver in nothingness and chaos. Because that's what he'll get with Islam and any other fascist ideology like it.

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger Bruce786 said...

Thank you for hiding/removing my comments you should be brave enough to leave them on there for others to see. So much for freedom of thought and expression in the land of the free??

So here are the comment again.

ISLAM IS THE RELIGION OF ABRAHAM, MOSES, JESUS AND MUHAMMAD (PEACE BE UPON THEM ALL).
THINK ABOUT IT HOW COULD AN ILLITERATE MAN INSPIRE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE AND 1400 YEARS LATER STILL BE HAVING AN EFFECT ON THE WORLD.

WAKE UP FEAR THE GOD OF ISRAEL AND THE UNIVERSE.

AS A WESTENER THE RATE OF ISLAMS INFLUENCE IS SKY ROCKETING ESPECIALLY IN EUROPE. SO STOP BURYING YOUR HEADS IN THE SAND (no pun intended) LIKE OSTRICHES.
STOP DEMONISING THE FUTURE FAITH OF MANKIND.
IF ISLAM IS AN ARAB RELIGION FOUNDED BY AN ARAB IT WOULD NOT HAVE SPREAD FURTHER THAN MECCA OR MEDINA.

I DARE YOU TO READ THE QURAN JUST AS A PURELY INTELLECTUAL EXERCISE.
WE IN THE WEST PREACH THAT WE ARE CIVILISED AND AN ADVANCED SOCIETY. EVERY DAY I WITNESS SCIENTISTS WHOM I WORK ALONGSIDE ABANDON SIMPLE LOGIC AND REASONING WHEN IT COMES TO MATTERS OF FAITH.

Visit the following websites for further information on ISLAM.
http://www.al-sunnah.com/muhammad_in_the_bible.htm
(MUHAMMAD IN THE BIBLE)
http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Books/MB_BQS/default.htm
(Quran and Science)
http://www.harunyahya.com/
http://www.barnabas.net/
http://www.answering-christianity.com/ac.htm
http://www.islamicity.com/
http://www.islamonline.net/english/index.shtml

 
At 11:39 AM, Anonymous scribe said...

Bruce ought to know (but somehow he doesn't--another lack in his education) that this blogsite is OWNED exclusively by Aussiegirl. She is the one who determines what appears in it. All comments are printed or not on her sufferance, not anyone else's.

The Islamofascists have their own forums that are certain to ban our contrary views, as contrary views to Islam are absolutely forbidden in Islam.

A reasoned argument from Bruce might have been welcomed by this blog, but instead Islamofascist Bruce can't find anything better to do with "freedom of speech" except to spread demagogery and lies.

This is war for the mind and soul. Do not let these ignorant and nihilistic characters pervert the concept of freedom of speech.

There are plenty of excellent historical sources available that we should study to avoid the traps that the Islamofascists are trying to lay for the free world.

 
At 3:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Islam is spreading because it's great Master Satan is becoming more and more powerful

 

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