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Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Not Bagatelles From Bulgari But A Qur'an From Qaddafy

Among the leggy girls in Rome who answered, unsuspectingly, the casting-call for invitees to a certain unexplained meeting that sounded promising. Possibly those girls were hoping for more than a gala dinner, even thought they might, at this reception, be examined surreptitiously, and then later invited for more detailed auditioning, by one of Berlusconi's celebrated advance-men. And that might mean that if they played their cards right, and once between the anticipated sheets, the cose di lino della Frette, not in fretta e furia but demurely, lasciviously, languorous, they might be offered jobs on Italian television – either those of the government, the RAI channels, or the private channels of Mediaset, owned and controlled even more directly by Berlusconi. And their goal would be to become those caryatides of the television stage, “veline,” who stand about and look pretty, and occasionally open a door to a guest, or escort him to the host, or gyrate now this way, and now that.  Since “velo” is Italian for “veil” one might, with some lexicographical license, think of “veline” as “little female veils.”

Instead of a gala, with the champagne flowing, and Caspian – caspita! --  caviar, these girls found themselves ushered into a meeting with Colonel Muammar Qaddafy. And he did distribute a gift, but it was a book, forsooth, not a bagatelle from Bulgari. And what a book. Thirty years ago Qaddafy would have handed out his Little Green Book, containing his famous philosophy of Jamhariya, but he’s now in a Muslim mood, and he had distributed copies of the Qur’an, and accompanied that distribution with a speech misinforming the girls about Jesus and telling them to heed the Call To Islam. Instant Da’wa was being tried, but it only amused and amazed the Italians. They might have been less amused, perhaps,, had they understood that with other, more vulnerable targets, and much more clever campaigns of Da’wa, the Call to Islam does work on some, especially in the prisons of Western Europe where new cases of adult-onset Islam are diagnosed every day. Colonel Qaddafy’s performance did not worry anyone, but behind him, all over Western Europe, are a hundred thousand Muslim clerics and ordinary Muslims working to win over Infidels to Islam, and they have been allowed to do this unchecked, and they have had their successes.

But at least among this sample population of girls looking for a good time, few or none are likely to respond to the Message of Islam, especially as delivered by Colonel Qaddafy. If there is any veil to be taken, by any of these girls -- and perhaps the strange experience with Qaddafy and his Qur’an might lead to some thoughts about religion --  it's likely to be quite a different veil, the Catholic kind, possibly the kind with which, in its lay variety, on preparing herself to go out in public, so often begins the beguine. Or it might even lead to a “taking of the veil” of a different kind. I can’t be the only one, not even the only atheist, for whom the phrase “get thee to a nunnery” holds a sudden strange appeal.  


Posted on 11/17/2009 1:42 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
18 Nov 2009


It looks fine from this end, as would, I assume, the leggy girls in Rome.  Bella!  FWIW, I'm using IE 6.

I agree with Alan R's comment about reciprocity, that Berlusconi should be given the same opportunity to convert hundreds of women on his next trip to Libya.

Well, perhaps Berlusconi is an inappropriate choice.

17 Nov 2009
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