This is a video of an anti Bush demonstration in Rome, Italy.
From Al Jazeera:
Italian PM calls for Afghan exit
The Italian prime minister has called for international forces to withdraw from Afghanistan, after a suicide attack in the capital Kabul killed six Italian soldiers.
“We are keen to bring our boys home as soon as possible,” Silvio Berlusconi said on Thursday as he arrived for an EU summit in Brussels.
The Italian leader conceded that any decision would only be made with the country’s Nato allies, saying that Italy “is dealing with an international question that you can’t decide on your own because that would betray an accord”.
But he added: “We are all convinced that we have to get out of Afghanistan as soon as possible.”
At least 10 Afghan civilians were also killed in Thursday’s blast on a road linking Kabul’s international airport to the US embassy.
Fifty people were injured, according to Afghan officials.
“This is an unhappy day for Italy,” Berlusconi told reporters.
The presence of Italian troops in Afghanistan has become increasingly controversial in Italy and has put pressure on Berlusconi’s governing right-wing coalition.
Berlusconi’s rhetoric now is different from his own minister of “defence”, Ignazio La Russa‘s, stay-the-course rhetoric on the death of these six Italian soldiers. So, there seem to be tensions within the right-wing government coalition itself. Mr La Russa used to be a bigwig in the neo-fascist Alleanza Nazionale. That party has fused recently with Berlusconi’s party, the PdL.
However, there are still tensions between Berlusconi’s old guard and the neo-fascist Johnny-come-latelies, including their leader Fini. Including, apparently, about the neo-fascists being more hardline on the Afghan war.
British politician Gladstone’s words about Afghanistan in the Midlothian by-election of 1879 bear thinking about. They were: “Remember that the sanctity of life in the hill village of Afghanistan (among the winter snows) is as inevitable in the eye of almighty God as can be your own”.
Afghanistan: Sham Elections; by Yohannan Chemarapally: here.
Manifestation for Italian press freedom, Amsterdam: here.
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