Cultural Revolutions

Oriana Fallaci, R.I.P.

Oriana Fallaci, R.I.P.  Back in the 1960’s, Oriana Fallaci was a “brave,” leftist, feminist hackette.  Her iconoclastic interviews were praised by the chattering classes for bringing the genre to the heights of postmodernism: She was lauded for doing for journalism what Susan Sontag was doing for fiction.  But whereas the latter progressed to become an apologist for jihad and died as a self-hating degenerate, Fallaci’s old age brought her wisdom and true grit.  She died on September 14 as an outstanding defender of our culture and civilization against the onslaught of barbarity from without and betrayal from within.

For some 20 years, Fallaci was famous for her political interviews with the great and the mighty, including Deng Xiaoping and Henry Kissinger, who later wrote that his 1972 interview with her was “the single most disastrous conversation I have ever had with any member of the press.”  On his own admission, he had been flattered into granting it by the company he would be joining in Fallaci’s “journalistic pantheon” but realized too late that it was more like a collection of scalps.

Fallaci’s once-famous reportage has not aged well, and, on the strength of it alone, her death would have attracted scant attention.  In the aftermath of September 11, however, she became a fierce critic of jihadism and an outspoken opponent...

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