May 03, 2004


Oriana Fallaci's new book is doing big business -- but the Italian press is reluctant to mention it, reports Italian blogger Joy of Knitting:

It's on show in all bookshop windows, and stacks of it are on sale at supermarkets. It's selling fast. And yet the media ignore it. There's no publicity like negative publicity, as it was shown with "The Rage and the Pride". Perhaps, as she attacks the left, the right, and the church, and points out undisputable facts, the media think this time it is safer to bury her under a blanket of silence.

The book has yet to be translated.

Posted by Tim Blair at May 3, 2004 04:59 PM

la Rabbia was the most powerful expose of Islamic invasion i,ve ever read.
Written nearly three years ago! HOW PROPHETIC was that?
must get a copy of this new book now!
Love the "Europe has sold itself to Islam like a prostitute ! well after that,i guess she won't have to put up with ARAFAT's bad breath any more.
No more invites to Ramallah.
A wonderful writer and a truly great lady.

Posted by: DAVO at May 3, 2004 at 05:56 PM

The Australian media is no better. Oliver Miles, former British ambassador to Libya and instigator of the letter to Tony Blair condemning the British Government's policies in the Middle East, has just concluded a very amiable chat with the ABC's Tony Jones on 'Lateline.'

The Telegraph reported at the weekend:

"The letter failed to disclose...that several of the [52] key signatories, including Oliver Miles...are paid by pro-Arab organisations.

"Some of the others hold positions in companies seeking lucrative Middle East contracts, while others have unpaid positions with pro-Arab organisations."

Read about how many links these old fuddie-duddies have with Arabic organisations.

Number of questions from Jones on Miles's pro-Arab links and commercial self-interest: zero.

Number of questions on the commercial and political links of various of the other signatories: zero.

Questions, of any kind, on the revelations of blatant partisanship: zero.

Follow ups on Miles's admission that most signatores were "slanted" towards the Arabist perspective: zero.

Miles made some incredibly stupid comments:

* that it was a part of Arab culture to avenge the deaths of family members and this had to be understood (and, presumably, respected);

*that local commanders should not, quite literally, call the shots but that political operatives should make decisions on the use of heavy machine-guns, tanks, mortars and air strikes. (Shades of LBJ personally choosing targets in the Situation Room). Memo to USMC commanders: if you're copping it from snipers, telephone the White House before responding.

* that firing heavier ordnance at snipers meant bullets could fly through the "mud walls" of Baghdad;

* that Robert Fisk, who Jones quoted as an authority, "shot from the hip" but often hit his targets. (No comment on the mud walls of veracity the famous liar so carelessly peppers while taking aim at Coalition forces).

Tug a forelock Tony - that was a gutless disgrace.

Posted by: CurrencyLad at May 4, 2004 at 12:44 AM

I hope Fallaci's new book will be soon available in english. "The strenght of the reason" is a terrific book. For those able to understand italian I suggest this excerpt and this review. Thanks a lot to Tim for remembering it!

Posted by: Paolo from Italy at May 4, 2004 at 12:52 AM

Thank you Paolo!

Posted by: CurrencyLad at May 4, 2004 at 01:10 AM