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I think so. It's a wise strategy. Italy is going to be off the table soon anyway with Prodi running the show.


http//counterterrorismblog.org/
will they withdraw from Afghanistan?
That's a tougher call,I sort of doubt it. Because if they withdraw from Afghanistan,they are effectively leaving NATO,IMO.

Everyone up to now agrees Afghanistan is a good war arena,so if they flee Afghanistan,I would imagine everyone over here would wonder why we are still in NATO. I wonder that anyway.
Quote:will they withdraw from Afghanistan?
Figure your odds high in drawdown or withdrawal.
They are out of Iraq.
If the Italians were in Iraq then I would say there was a high probability that Al Qaeda would attack Italy in order to get a withdrawal. However Al Qaeda may still attack Italy but not to get a withdrawal from Afghanistan but rather strike at a point of Christianity, Rome. The heart of the Catholic world.
Democrats4Bush2005 Wrote:If the Italians were in Iraq then I would say there was a high probability that Al Qaeda would attack Italy in order to get a withdrawal. However Al Qaeda may still attack Italy but not to get a withdrawal from Afghanistan but rather strike at a point of Christianity, Rome. The heart of the Catholic world.

I think that you are right there. I have stated before that I suspect Rome to eventually become perhaps the first target for the detonation of a terrorist's nuclear device. It would be far easier to smuggle a 'device' into it than getting it into the US or even Paris, for what that is worth.

Destruction of the Vatican would be the crowning jewel for radical Islam. It would also be the crowning event that would galvanize ALL of Christiandom in it's Crusade to eleminate them.
Palladin Wrote:I think so. It's a wise strategy. Italy is going to be off the table soon anyway with Prodi running the show.


http://counterterrorismblog.org/

The Italian public has a wide-spread antipathy for the war in Iraq after an Italian secret service agent, Nicola Calipari, who negotiated the journalist Giuliana Sgrena's release, died as he shielded Ms Sgrena from the shots fired by US troops. The accident - which Ms Sgrena believes was no accident http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4323361.stm - weighed heavily on Berlusconi as he did not press Bush for an independent investigation.

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/28/world/...a1&ei=5070

The Italian troops withdrawl was planned under Berlusconi's government so the deadline meets no surprise.
well, that whole thing wouldnt have happened if Italy didnt pay ransom money to thievs and kidnappers.


and what does she mean, "not an accident"? does she think we intentionally tried to kill her Commie ass simply because we dont like journalists?