- The Washington Times - Friday, September 15, 2006

Nobles: Oriana Fallaci, the Italian writer who would not take the loss of her civilization sitting down.

Especially in Europe, Miss Fallaci was a rare breed. Right after the London subway bombings last summer, she wrote, “For four years I’ve been talking about Islamic Nazism; about the war against the West; about the death cult; about European suicide. About a Europe that is no longer Europe, but Eurabia; and that with its feebleness, its inertia, its blindness, its servitude to the enemy is digging its own grave.” She labeled herself a Cassandra, and like Cassandra, she was ignored by a majority of the very European governments she was trying to warn.

That is, she was ignored until her writings angered the Italian Islamic community and forced the government to charge her with defaming Islam. The case never went to trial, fortunately, and Miss Fallaci spent her remaining years battling cancer. She died yesterday at 77.

Before she turned her sights on Islamofascism in the wake of September 11, Miss Fallaci was already a well-known firebrand with a talent for egging world leaders into Freudian slips of the tongue.

Will Europe finally listen to Miss Fallaci now that she’s gone? Probably not, but for trying desperately to save what she loved, Miss Fallaci is the Noble of the week.

Knaves: John Doe, the convicted sex offender who’s suing Virginia to stay off the state’s sex offender registry.

John doesn’t want his neighbors to know his real name, because they might find out that when he was 18 he was convicted of having sex with his 14-year-old sister. But in 2003 Virginia enacted a law whereby all sex offenders had to register their names or else face arrest. John feels this is unfair and is waging a legal battle to portray himself as the victim.

Yet the problem with sex offenders, and the reason for the registry, is that so many return to their predatory ways. Parents with young children have a right to know if a neighbor, a school teacher or anyone whom their children interact with has been convicted of sexual crime. In John Doe’s case, he started having sex with his sister when she was in the second grade, making his crime much worse than incest, which is a misdemeanor. Now, at 31, he’s an aquatics coach in the Washington area.

John says he’s reformed, which might very well be true. But as he fights the sex-registry law, he should ask himself if he’d want his children living next to a man once convicted of having sex with a child.

The purpose of the law is to protect children. For making himself the victim, John Doe is the Knave of the week.

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