Definitive end to Italian cowardice myth

Talking of the Italian hostages in Iraq, Alessandro Cevese, foreign ministry flunkey

recounted a moment of high tension when one of the kidnappers tried to strip Mr Stefio of his wedding ring. The 34 year old had said he would sooner be shot.

“The kidnapper at that point replied: ‘Then, I’ll take you outside’ and Stefio [said] ‘No don’t shoot me outside. Shoot me in front of the other lads'”, Mr Cevese said.

There will, of course, be those of you you will suggest (a) that this is Berlusconi-ite propaganda, and (b) that returning to Italy without one’s wedding ring is a fate significantly worse than a shooting party, but you can stuff it.

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Last updated 10/06/2004

This post pre-dates my organ-grinding days, and may be imported from elsewhere.

George W. Bush (44):

Iraq War (41): The Iraq War was a protracted armed conflict that began in 2003 with the invasion of Iraq by a United States-led coalition that overthrew the government of Saddam Hussein.

Kaleboel (4307):

Politics of Italy (12): The politics of Italy are conducted through a parliamentary republic with a multi-party system.

Silvio Berlusconi (13): Silvio Berlusconi; born 29 September 1936) is an Italian media tycoon and politician who has served as Prime Minister of Italy in four governments.Berlusconi is the controlling shareholder of Mediaset and owned the Italian football club A.C.


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