Thursday, March 16, 2006
WHAT'S THE BUZZ? The Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci is soon to go on trial in France for having dared to write critically about muslims and the religion of Islam. For those who don't know of her, she is the maverick foreign correspondent and cultural critic Christiane Amanpour has been self-consciously imitating throughout her CNN career. Except that Fallaci is smart, original, and far too independent to be a politically correct whore for the Palestinians. Her present lonely situation is described in the current issue of L.A. Weekly, along with this compelling assessment of the self-appointed thought leaders of western culture:
Fallaci speaks for the ordinary reader. There is no one she despises more than the intellectual “cicadas,” as she calls them — “You see them every day on television; you read them every day in the newspapers” — who deny they are in the midst of a cultural, political and existential war with Islam, of which terrorism is the flashiest, but ultimately least important component.
Her latest book on the subject is The Force of Reason. We should all read it. Drawing on history and her own observations and experience, Fallaci:
...illuminates one of the central enigmas of our time. How did Europe become home to an estimated 20 million Muslims in a mere three decades?
How did Islam go from being a virtual non-factor to a religion that threatens the preeminence of Christianity on the Continent? How could the most popular name for a baby boy in Brussels possibly be Mohammed? Can it really be true that Muslims plan to build a mosque in London that will hold 40,000 people? That Dutch cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam are close to having Muslim majorities? How was Europe, which was saved by the U.S. in world wars I and II, and whose Muslim Bosnians were rescued by the U.S. as recently as 1999, [be] transformed into a place in which, as Fallaci puts it, “if I hate Americans I go to Heaven and if I hate Muslims I go to Hell?”
We could go on quoting from the L.A. Weekly article and discuss her views in conjunction with those of Mark Steyn, who has also written extensively about the imminent peril of Eurabia. But we're not going to because we're so taken with Fallaci's "cicadas" metaphor.
Loud, raspy, droning insects. A plague because of their extraordinary repetitive resonance, not their collected insights, which are really only one groundless affirmation repeated ad nauseam and unto death: Bush is the problem.
Are you up for a sensory adventure? Listen for the cicadas that drown out intelligent conversation every day in our own country:
Russ Feingold, champion of limiting free speech in politics, who nevertheless pretends to be defending freedom (and the Constitution he has betrayed) by denying the national security imperatives of the War on Terror in order to promote the fiction that Bush is the problem. Bzzzzzzzzz.
Harry Reid -- that dry droning voice of Democrat obstructionism -- who can't bring himself to endorse Feingold because it might compromise him in the 2006 election, but who can't bring himself to repudiate Feingold either, because if his party wins the 2006 election, the only order of business for Democrats will be impeaching the President, because Bush is the problem. Bzzzzzzzzz.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States of America, who travels to a foreign land to affirm her allegiance, not to the Constitution she is sworn to defend, but to "the experience and good thinking foreign sources may convey," specifically for the purpose of discovering "common denominators of basic fairness governing relationships between the governors and the governed." This while the governments she looks to in order to supersede her own constitution are busily engaged in surrendering freedom to Islamist extortionists who care nothing for fairness. A contradiction? A problem? Of course not. Everyone knows that Bush is the problem. Bzzzzzzzzz.
The insect colonies known as Harvard and Yale, where myopic feminists are slaying academic freedom even as they offer safe harbor on a silver platter to the avowed enemies of every other kind of freedom as well, because they can recognize no danger from barbarians abroad so long as they remember that the president of their own country, Bush, is the problem. Bzzzzzzzzz.
The thrumming hive of show business, which gathers round its symbolic queen to take credit for understanding everything better than the people who make them rich, gorging themselves on the fruits of a freedom they routinely abuse while failing to make a single mention of those who are fighting and dying overseas to preserve that freedom. Instead, they congratulate themselves for their brilliant discovery that Bush is the problem. Bzzzzzzzzz.
The New York Times, the Washington Post, CBS, ABC, NPR, NBC, CNBC, MSNBC, Time, Newsweek, etc, who saturate the atmosphere with virtually infinite restatements of the lie that with respect to Islam, Iraq, Iran, the U.N., and even nature itself, Bush is the problem. BZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.
We could go on, because the buzz does go on, day after day, month after month, and year after year, while the Islamic flood tide rises to calamitous levels around the world, irrigating anti-semitism and gradually drowning the one faith which is most responsible for the rise of individual rights, science, and political liberty. But we prefer to let you take it from here. Listen to the buzz as long as you dare, be ever mindful of its existence and purpose, but be aware that if you listen too closely for too long, it will drive you mad. There can be no other explanation for the routineness of the insanity around us.