You would think that the number of Americans buried in Europe and Africa killed by Italian Fascists would lead the average Italian to approach the accidental death of an Italian patriot by American forces with some caution. But the time has long since passed since we Americans expect tact, grace or thoughtfulness from Europeans, even those who are our nominal allies.
NS believes as I do, that there’s an unsavory mix of arrogance and politics in the story,
But the recent absurd heights to which the story has risen has forced our hand. Really, we’re not sure which is funnier: that an Italian Communist would think that she is significant enough to warrant our attention, let alone an assassination order, or the spectacle of a full state funeral for a fallen state security officer.
We mean no disrespect to the dead, but, somehow, we get the feeling the poor man’s funeral would have been a bit less grand had he merely been beheaded by the usual suspects.
New Sisyphus continues,
The bottom line here is that this episode shows both the limits and uses of multi-lateral war in the Age of Terrorism. On the one hand, we had the support of a European government which was then forced by events to patiently explain to its dangerously out-of-touch populace the stakes and why war was necessary. On the other, even after months of pointless slaughter, the open declaration of war against democracy loudly announced by the jihadis, the mass murders, the beheadings, the whipping of women who dare to speak, the execution of homosexuals because of who they are, the suicide bombings using the instruments of mercy, most Europeans still fear and loathe G.I. Joe more than Al-Zaqarwi.
We have no choice but to carry on fighting the good fight and hoping Europe and Canada will wake from its slumber
And you must read NS’s conclussion. The comments sections analyzes the post, and is a must-read, too.
Presently Blogger’s slow, and I must away for now; will try posting later.