Monday, May 19, 2008

THIS is why I love Italy so much!

The late, great Oriana Fallaci. The last Ballsiest Woman in Journalism.

I love the Italian language. I love Italian culture. Italian wine, and food, and music and movies and books....and Oriana Fallaci. I have loved her since I read "The Rage and the Pride" in 2001.
I have reveled in her Italian flavored English diatribes and always held out hope that for Europe, the hope may lie in Italy and Denmark. I am not disappointed with the news. First in Italian. And how I savor this in Italian:

Piazza Oriana Fallaci al posto della moschee

VERONA - Addio moschea. Al suo posto, piazza Oriana Fallaci. è la decisione della giunta di Oppeano (Verona), dove ieri mattina le ruspe hanno abbattuto un edificio usato dai musulmani della zona come luogo di preghiera, al posto del quale il Comune realizzerà una piazza intitolata proprio alla scrittrice che, con «Rabbia e orgoglio», aveva promosso una campagna molto aspra nei confronti dell' Islam. La decisione di radere al suolo la struttura, aperta dalla onlus «Per il successo dei musulmani», era stata presa dall' amministrazione municipale che aveva acquistato l' area per 70 mila euro allo scopo di trasformarla in uno spazio aperto per parcheggi e zone verdi. «I miei cittadini non volevano che ci fosse questo insediamento - ha spiegato il sindaco Alessandro Montagnoli, neodeputato della Lega Nord - soprattutto perché poteva creare problemi di viabilità e di convivenza con i residenti».

But at Gates of Vienna, Gaia has mercifully translated this into the more inferior English:

Oriana Fallaci Square in place of the mosque

VERONA — Goodbye mosque. In its place, Oriana Fallaci Square.

This decision was taken by the committee of Oppeano (Verona), where yesterday morning a building used by Muslims for prayer was bulldozed. In its place, the Municipality will create a public square named after the writer of The Rage and the Pride, which promoted a bitter campaign against Islam.
The decision to raze the structure which had been opened by ONLUS [translator’s note: Organizzazione Non Lucrativa di Utilita’ Sociale, a non-profit registered Italian charity] “For the success of Muslims”, was taken by the municipal administration, which acquired the area for €70,000 in order to transform it into an open area for parking and green space.

“My citizens did not want this takeover,” explained the mayor, Alessandro Montagnoli, deputy of the Lega Nord, “above all because it could create problems of practicability and cohabitation with the residents.”

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No. Really? Do you think the Muslims will be happy with the residents NOW? We need a big Italian equivalent to a pig roast to be held in the Piazza.

Somewhere, Oriana is smiling.


In Memoria di Oriana Fallaci


Perhaps that was too milquetoast for La Fallaci: Maybe this is a better description:

I'm thinkin' boo yeah!

1 comment:

  1. The news is good in any language, Scherzo, but I think the news to follow won't be all that wonderful. Once something is theirs, bulldozing it away it is not going to be the last word, I'm afraid.

    I too love all things Italian. Especially fresh canoli. God, it's been so long.

    Someday I'll tell you the history of Italy's future. It's not a pretty story.

    BTW, I just LOVE Beef Bourguignon with long-grain white rice. A bit of sour cream sauce drizzled on. Mmmm. I'm not especially big on French cuisine as such, but that I love. Haven't had it in, I don't know--twenty years?

    Oy.

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