The Corner

My Favorite Italian

Oriana Fallaci, whose most recent best-selling book I wrote about here, is not worried about Muslim extremists killing her. In this feisty interview, she says the death threats don’t bother her:

“It’s my temperament. When you have been born in a war like me, living in a war as a child, when you have been in wars as a war correspondent all your life—trust me! You develop a form of fatalism; you are always ready to die. And when you love your own freedom as much as I do, you don’t bend to the fear to be killed, because otherwise you do nothing—you go under the bed and you stay hidden 24 hours.”

“The point is not winning or losing,” she said. “Of course, I want to win. The point is to fight well with dignity. The point is, if you die, to die on your feet, standing up. If you tell me, ‘Fallaci, why do you fight so much? The Muslims are going to win and they’re going to kill you,’ I answer to you, ‘F**k you—I shall die on my feet.’”

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