I remember being taught at school, being told that the crusades were an evil CHRISTIAN aggression against the poor Muslims, who were ever-so tolerant of Jews and Christians. Fallaci calmly disabuses us of those notions, with a politically incorrect but historically accurate accounting of the gory details of Muslim invasions, and the horrors of their occupations. I won't repeat them here, but will repeat this paragraph about how the Crusades were a RESPONSE to an ongoing invasion:
... Today it's fashionable to beat our breast over the Crusades. To blame the West for the Crusades. To see the Crusades as an injustice committed to the detriment of the poor-innocent-Muslims. But before being a series of expeditions to regain possession of the Holy Sepulchure that is of Jerusalem (which had been taken by the Muslims, remember, not by my aunt), the Crusades were the response to four centuries of invasions and occupations. They were a counter-offensive to stem Islamic expansionism in Europe. To deflect it, mors tua vita mea, towards the Orient (meaning India and Indonesia and China) then towards the whole African continent and towards Russia and Siberia where the Tartars converted to Islam were already crushing the followers of Christ. At the conclusion of the Crusades, in fact, the sons of Allah resumed their persecutions as before and more than before...
(bold emphasis mine) She goes on to describe how the Turks went on to build an army using methodes that even the Nazi's wouldn't use... in just the five pages that TigerHawk has printed, Fallaci packs a lot of information, it's worth visiting his site to read it, along with his comments.
Tammy Bruce has also written a post about the new book, and also endorses Fallaci's previous book, "The Rage and The Pride", which she read and found inspiring. Tammy says about Fallaci: "I have a special place for her because she, too, emerged from the Left and saw the light."
The Solid Surfer has a post where he talks about how City Lights bookstore in San Francisco refuses to sell Fallaci's book, because it is critical of Muslims. "We don't carry books by fascists." the store clerk says. That's incredibly ironic, considering that at the age of 14, Fallaci joined the Italian resistance to fight the fascist Mussolini regime. She has fought against fascism and totalitarianism her whole life.
I lived in San Francisco for 23 years, and the office I worked in was not far from City Lights Books. They had every kind of communist and leftist book you could imagine; they prided themselves on carrying books nobody else would sell.
They are just so, like, open-minded and liberal, like, you know? They are currently selling the books of the fake Indian - discredited professor Ward Churchill, famous for calling the 9/11 victims "little Eichmanns". No problem there, they LIKE his books, probably because they think just like him. But Fallaci is a "fascist" because she's criticising Muslims. Musn't allow that!
This suicidal aspect of liberals amazes me. Islamists in power would completely destroy everything the left suposedly values, like free speech, gay rights and feminism, but that doesn't concern San Francisco leftists like the ones at City Lights Books.
It sounds just like the San Francisco I knew and grew to hate. When I moved away, I not only didn't leave my heart there, I also took care to shake the dust from my feet as I left. My only regret was not leaving sooner.
The Solid Surfer has an excellent post about that self-destructive attitude of the far left, that is worth a read, too.