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Force of Reason vs. the Love of Truth

Reader comment on item: Appreciating Oriana Fallaci

Submitted by Michael (United States), Sep 17, 2006 at 13:30

I requested "The Force of Reason" for my local library. When they obtained a copy, i was eager to read it but found the lexicon off-putting. The prose was robust, full of passion and appeared incisive but also common, at times lewd and obscene. I was unable to read very much which is regrettable; i may attempt it again in the future.

While i appreciate Ms. Falacci's courageous stand against Islamofascism, for me, her conclusions on issues must be suspect and are mixed at best. Her atheistic assumptions and worldview is antithetical to mine as a Christian. Her hostility to all religion assumes a moral equivalency that is simply false. Ms. Falacci's opposition to the Vietnam War was wrong. America's effort to bring democratic choice to the Vietnamese people was a noble one. It was not, as the radical Left asserts, a civil war, but a war to contain Communism. The slaughter of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians that followed our abandonment of the Vietnamese people is America's shame. The purges of the "other" and religious persecution continues to this very day with tolalitarian zeal. Vietnam is a lasting monument and a witness to America's failure of commitment, to our cynical faithlessness to friends and allies.

The world community has absorbed this lesson to America's continuing injury. All this to say that while Ms. Falacci's efforts to enlighten and awaken the West to the fundamental incompatability of Islam to any other culture, secular or religious is welcomed sincerely, her public record is mixed.


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