Author and journalist Oriana Fallaci will stand trial in an Italian court on charges of defaming practitioners of Islam in her book, La Forza della Ragione, according to Reuters. In the book, Fallaci blamed Islamic terrorists for the deaths of 6,000 people the last 20 years and defined Islam as a faith that "sows hatred in the place of love and slavery in the place of freedom."
Dr. James White puts the indictment in perspective here.
White considers the actions of the Italian judge a sign of decay in Western culture, but I'm not so quick to use that country's legal or political system as a test case. Italy is not that far removed from their fascist roots, a political reality which is at constant odds with a judicial and academic culture more in line with France (but not that they would admit it). If I were Fallaci, I would thumb my nose at Italy and stay in New York to reap the same publishing rewards hauled in by Salman Rushdie.