Monday, April 26, 2004

Is One Guy In Milan Enough? 

Now I really don't know what to make of this one. Iraqi insurgents kidnapped several Italians, and now demand, as the condition for their release, that Italians organize protests against the presence of their troops in Iraq.

Are people just crazy, or is there some sort of high-level logic I'm not getting here? I have no doubt some hairbrained Italians are going to take up these terrorists' offer and actually try to have a demonstration, but does anyone expect that such demonstration means anything but squat, when they're done with a gun up Italians' heads? Does anyone expect that Berlusconi's going to give a crap? And how exactly are the terrorists going to measure the degree by which Italians comply with this idea? If one guy in Milan waved a sign around tomorrow, does that count?

Or maybe they're still trying to regain their bearings after realizing that Westerners have more spine than they do.
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