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The view from Italy

September 20th, 2006 · 7 Comments · Uncategorized

Italy has sent thousands of peacekeeping troops to Lebanon. Some say Italy’s Foreign Minister Massimo D’Alema is pushing Italy into a stronger role in world affairs – one of peacekeeping and conflict resolution.

Patrick has sent the following dispatch from Italy. Feel free to comment. Any other views from Italy – and indeed France – are very welcome.

Even if I agree with you that Mr Prodi (the current Italian Prime Minister) is a friend of Syria, I don’t believe the previous government (lead by Mr Berlusconi) was an enemy of your country!! Moreover I think Berlusconi’s government policy towards Syria was not as aggressive as Bush’s.

The Italian parliament approved the mission in the south of Lebanon, although some political parties wanted the international coalition to disarm Hezbollah. Most of them infact (not only the right, but many on the left) see Hezbollah as a terrorist movement that started this tragic war.

Very few politicians (except the communist parties) defend Hezbollah’s actions. When Oliviero Diliberto, the leader of one of the Italian communist parties, visited Hezbollah, some years ago, he was accused of supporting a terrorist movement and even few days ago when our current foreign secretary Massimo D’Alema visited Beirut, and was seen walking with a Hezbollah member of parliament, he received a lot of criticism.

Nevertheless the mission is supported by a huge part of Italian public opinion.

I’m one of the great supporters of this mission, even though I would like to see a calendar for the complete disarming of Hezbollah. I know the group is seen among Arabs as a resistance movement, but I don’t think so. Anyway, good luck, italian soldiers! We support you!!

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Patrick8700 // Sep 20, 2006 at 11.19 pm

    Only a little correction: Berlusconi’s policy toward Syria, in my opinion, WAS NOT as aggressive as Bush’s and neo-con’s.
    Anyway…
    Wooooow, do my point of view deserve a whole post?How wonderful!
    Thank’you very much Sasa.
    I’m going to put your blog link in my blog :)

  • 2 sasa // Sep 21, 2006 at 12.29 am

    Corrected! Thanks Patrick.

  • 3 norman // Sep 21, 2006 at 4.28 am

    What Patrick said about Hizballa ,as a terrior organization indicate the significant influance that the jews have on the western world.

  • 4 Patrick8700 // Sep 21, 2006 at 10.39 am

    Where??Where are they??
    Really, I don’t see any bad Jew around me! I don’t notice of any Jewish influence! Norman, this are phrases a little bith silly, aren’t they?They sound more like fantapolitical theories, or rather like “theory of cospiracy”!!
    ihih, I hope your phrase was ironic.
    Patrick

  • 5 norman // Sep 21, 2006 at 2.12 pm

    Patrick, you think that people who fight for their libertie are terrorists ie Hizballa and that proves to me that you are brainwashed by the Israeli influance ,Italy and Germany commited the Hollocost and Arabs and Palestinians should not suffer the results .

  • 6 Patrick8700 // Sep 21, 2006 at 4.39 pm

    What liberty is Hezbollah fighting for??The liberty to kidnap 2 Israeli soldiers when they want??
    Instead you are brainwashed by terrorist like Ahmadinejad.Your reasoning about Olocaust sounds like his thinking.

    To commit Olocaust were nazies: Olocaust was committed by a horrible ideology. To avoid that such atrocities occurred again, try to avoid that idiot man like iranian president (or people like him) take over your mind!!!

    And by the way, palestinian could not suffer by not supporting terrorism.
    I don’t make a worldwide matter of, for example, atrocities committed by arabs in Sudan against Christians, (or by Islamics against Christians in Indonesia if you don’t like the previous example) so, please,don’t tell me about Arabs rage for palestinian sufferings: it sound me very stupid!
    Don’t make victimism become your religion.
    Thank you Norman

  • 7 norman // Sep 22, 2006 at 2.47 am

    Patrick , I am Christian actualy Syrian Orthodox the followers of Mathew ,I hope you know who Mathew was ,My mother left Nathereth /Palestine in 1947 because of the support that your country and the ignorent west gave to the Jews to establish their country on the suffering of the palestinians so they can feel that they payed back for their atricities that they committed against the Jews ,about Hizballa ,Israel stayed in south Lebanon for about twenty years and did not leave because the EU ,the US or the UN forced them out but because Hizballa did what any people who seek liberty will do resist occupation and that makes them hounerable resistance.

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