Sunday, May 16, 2004

Support Our Italian Ally

On April 12, four Italian civilians were captured by insurgents in Iraq. On April 25, a group calling itself the Green Brigade released a video exhibiting three of the hostages. The Green Brigade demanded Italians stage mass demonstrations against Italian troops in Iraq, or the hostages would be killed. The video also showed the fourth hostage, Fabrizio Quattrocchi, being murdered with a gunshot to the neck. His last words were, “Now I will show you how an Italian dies.”

The Italian public had been divided over the Iraqi deployment, but united against submitting to this terrorist extortion. The terrorist demands were not met.

On May 16, insurgents attacked Italian forces in Nasiriyah, forcing them to withdraw with losses.

Italians are being singled out for their defiance of terror. It’s important that the American public shows that support for Italy and the Coalition against Terror is deeper than just the Bush Administration.

One way to do that is to send a message of support to the Italian embassy:
Embassy of Italy
3000 Whitehaven Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C., 20008
Tel (202) 612-4400
Fax (202) 518-2154

Another is to contact your Representative and ask them to propose a resolution thanking Italy for its support.
To contact your member of Congress go here:

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