Reflection on oriana Fallaci’s interview with Bhutto

Reflection on oriana Fallaci’s interview with Bhutto

Oriana Fallaci (29 June 1929 – 15 September 2006) was an Italian journalist, author, and
political interviewer. A former partisan during World War II, she had a long and
successful journalistic career.
She interviewed many internationally known leaders and celebrities such as the Zulfikar
Ali Bhutto, Dalai Lama, Henry Kissinger, the Shah of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, Willy
Brandt, Walter Cronkite, Muammar al-Gaddafi, Federico Fellini, Sammy Davis Jr,
Nguyen Cao Ky, Yasir Arafat, Indira Gandhi, Alexandros Panagoulis, Archbishop
Makarios III, Golda Meir, Nguyễn Văn Thiệu, Haile Selassie, Sean Connery and Lech
Walesa.
Fallaci was born in Florence, Italy. During World War II, she joined the resistance
despite her youth, in the democratic armed group “Giustizia e Libertà”. Her father
Edoardo Fallaci, a cabinet maker in Florence, was a political activist struggling to put an
end to the dictatorship of Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini. It was during this period
that Fallaci was first exposed to the atrocities of war. In a 1976 retrospective collection of
her works, she remarked that:
Fallaci began her journalistic career in her teens, becoming a special correspondent for
the Italian paper II mattino dell’Italia centrale in 1946. Since 1967 she worked as a war
correspondent, in Vietnam, for the Indo-Pakistani War, in the Middle East and in South
America. For many years, Fallaci was a special correspondent for the political magazine
L’Europeo and wrote for a number of leading newspapers and Epoca magazine. During
the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre, prior to the 1968 Summer Olympics, Fallaci was shot three
times, dragged down stairs by her hair, and left for dead by Mexican forces.
She interviewed Z. A. Bhutto in April 1972. This is what she wrote about Bhutto:
He is undoubtedly one of the most complex leaders of our time and the only interesting
one his country has so far produced. The only one, moreover, capable of saving it, at
least for a while. Anyone will tell you there is no alternative to Bhutto. If Bhutto goes,
Pakistan will be erased from the map.

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