Monday, August 18, 2008

Ah, our European Betters in action

Rarely is there a week which goes by that I do not offer up a silent prayer of thanks for my family choosing to leave old Europe behind to come to the New World. Since I was a teenager, I have encountered many of my intellectual betters singing the praises of old Europe, and yet, my family’s narrative told a very different tale.

Whenever anyone speaks of moving Canadian politics closer to the European style of accommodation and compromise, I will have to ask if we should adopt the Italian model and make Canada a safe haven for al-Qaeda operatives. Ynet News carries this report of the croc watch:>
It's official: The Italian government allowed Palestinian terror organizations to act freely within its territory in exchange for their commitment to refrain from targeting national and international Italian sites.

In an article written by former Italian President Francesco Cossiga for the national newspaper Corriere della Sera he confesses, "I always knew, though not by official documents and information kept from me, about the existence of an agreement based on 'don't harm me and I won't harm you' between the Italian Republic and organizations such as the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and the PLO."

According to Cossiga the agreement was approved and directed by former Italian Premier Aldo Moro, who "was awarded an extraordinary capability for the direction of Italian intelligence agencies and special forces after he received approval for the deal." "According to the deal, the Palestinian organizations could establish bases in Italy, enjoyed freedom of movement when entering and exiting the country, and could move around without undergoing mandatory security checks because they were protected by the secret service," Cossiga explained.

"During my time as interior minister I learned that PLO people were holding heavy artillery in their homes and protected by diplomatic immunity as representatives of the Arab League. I was told not to worry and I managed to convince them to lay down their heavy artillery and make do with light weaponry."

Cossiga's article was published just one day after Corriere della Serra's reporter in Israel interviewed Bassam Abu Sharif in Jericho, who is considered the foreign minister of the PFLP. In the interview Sharif admitted that Italy permitted free movement to Palestinian organizations within its boundaries.

Even in harmonious perfidy, the ‘agreement’ had ‘unforeseen’ consequences for the Italians:
But the agreement did not always run smoothly. On August 2, 1980 an explosion shook Bologna's train station; 85 people were killed and 200 more were injured in the blast. Cossiga believes it is entirely possible that the explosion was due to a "work accident" and that explosive materials handled by the Palestinians were responsible for the incident.

However Sharif claims that international intelligence agencies, mainly the Israeli Mossad, instigated the event in order to undermine the agreement between the Palestinian organizations and the Italian government. Thus Italians began to feel that the blast was not an outcome of a conflict between Italian extremists, but rather a consequence of the Israeli-Arab quarrel.

Ah yes, blame the Zionists. I cannot help but wonder, if in Jack Layton's world, dialoging with the Taliban also includes an apartment in Regent Park for bin Laden and friends.


Mad Zionist said...

If a tree falls in the woods, and nobody is there to hear it, then it's a Zionist conspiracy to persecute gentile babies and some Jews need to be killed.

What? Of course I'm serious! Does the pope sh-t in the woods? Is the bear Catholic? Exactly.

Kateland, aka TZH said...

MZ, don't you ever wonder when the whole Zionist conspiracy bit gets, well - stale and old?

Mad Zionist said...

Kateland, when all the Jews are exterminated the world will experience a virtual utopia. There will be no more corruption, no more war, no more disease, no more hunger, no more crime...didn't you read the manual?

Kateland, aka TZH said...

MZ, that reminds me of a Peoples Cube post -

Persistent rhetoric coming from concerned progressive critics worldwide has finally convinced Israeli officials that the state of Israel has no moral right to exist. "That's it," Prime Minister Ariel Sharon explained at a press conference. "We are dismantling the Nation of Israel. I'm leaving for Poland next week."

"My cabinet and I had long discussions about world troubles, and we concluded that our critics are right - all the troubles can be traced back to us. So, in order to resolve these issues, we felt it would be best to extend our withdrawal beyond Gaza to include the West Bank and Israel proper," Sharon said. "The Gaza pullout was only a test, and the ensuing waves of peace and brotherhood it had triggered in Palestine and beyond, encouraged us to disband altogether. Without us here, people of the world will finally be able, once again, to live in permanent harmony and understanding - just like they all did before Israel's founding nearly sixty years ago."