Italian Honor

I’m sure other blogs are covering this, but this story from Reuters recounts the last moments of the life of Fabrizio Quattrocchi, one of the four Italian hostages taken by Iraqi gunmen earlier this week. I nominate Signor Quattrocchi for immediate entry to the Hero List.

Fabrizio Quattrocchi, one of four Italian security guards abducted earlier this week, was shot dead on Wednesday after Italy refused to bow to the kidnappers’ demands and withdraw some 3,000 troops stationed in Iraq.

Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said a video recording of the killing showed that Quattrocchi was hooded when his kidnappers put a gun to his head.

“When the murderers were pointing a pistol at him, this man tried to take off his hood and shouted: ‘Now I’m going to show you how an Italian dies’. And they killed him,” Frattini said.

The man struggled to take off his hood to face his own death and by his example proved Silvio Berlusconi right: Western Civilization is superior to all others. While his thuggish, loathesome, scumbag kidnappers were afraid to look him in the eye while murdering him, he showed them what Italian men are made of.

If this doesn’t choke you up then you don’t have a heart.

Now look at the bottom of the story.

Rome’s traditional pro-Arab stance shielded Italians from past bouts of Middle East violence. Berlusconi has changed the diplomatic equation by proving a firm ally of Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.

Although many Italians have criticised this shift in emphasis, few people, apart from the hostages’ families, called for talks with the kidnappers.

“I absolutely oppose what is happening in Iraq, but I don’t think that the kidnap and murder of one person should be what shapes policy,” said Clara Biondo, a 26-year-old student in Milan. “That would be effectively paying them ransom.”

In Italy, even the anti-war crowd understands the cold facts regarding dealing with your enemies. Too bad the voters in Spain and the socialist elements in our own country don’t get it.

~ by kinshay on 2004-04-15.

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  1. Added, with Honor

  2. Not Berlusconi, you ass (although he is pretty vicious). Put Fabrizio Quattrocchi up in that piece.

  3. “Four-eyes”… Nice.

  4. Update on our man: letters to the NY Post praising Fabrizio.

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