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BUSH IN ROME: BERLUSCONI'S DECLARATION (Hurrah!)
AGI ^ | June 3 | Silvio Berlusconi

Posted on 06/03/2004 5:33:26 PM PDT by ellery

(AGI) - Rome, Italy, June 3 - Here is the entire text of the prime minister's speech:

"A people which forgets its past cannot build a bright future. That's why it is right for us Italians to recall the 4th June 1944, when, sixty years ago, the allies freed Rome, our capital, from the Nazis, two days before the US troops landed in Normandy, to liberate Europe. Those were the last days of our winter.

The US president is now on visit in Europe to commemorate those painful but glorious days. He will come to Rome, then to Paris and Normandy. Well, a part of our political sphere are using this visit as an excuse to express their hostility towards the United States. That's why I decided to intervene, because Italy must prove to the world it is a good host, that it knows its history.

I am not worried by freedom of expression and thought: that's the essence of democracy. What worries me is the possible, absurd violence which we have already witnessed. I am worried by the conviction of some youngsters that burning a flag or breaking a shop window can make one stronger. But that is totally wrong.

Yet what I really fear is that an extremist demonstration may lead the Italians to forget the real, profound, historical meaning of the event we're celebrating. Some of us have lived those days, while the majority of us have read about it. They must know that their fathers, their grandfathers, who took up arms against the Nazis, considered the allies as saviours. They must know the price the Americans paid to free our continent. Half a million killed in world war II. More than 7000 killed on D-Day alone, in Normandy; 25,000 killed to liberate Italy.

Some of them rest in peace in our country, buried in Anzio. I suggest you visit that cemetery, and see the names of people unkown to you: John, Charlie, Robert, Ted, Howard... Men aged 20, 22, who gave up their life for our freedom.

An ancient bond links us to the USA. Millions of Italians found their well-being in that hospitable country. Our brotherhood with the USA dates back to those days, and cannot be deleted.

Besides, after the war, the reconstruction of our cities and our economy was made possible by that generous Marshall Plan, which allowed Italy to head for its economic miracle. It is even thanks to America that many Italians, thieves of bicycles, could then buy a Vespa and a Fiat Seicento.

We must not forget. When two terrible planes violated New York's sky and demolished the Twin Towers, killing more than 3000 people, we said that we all felt American. We didn't say that just because we were touched, but because that attack was also an attack against the western world, and the entire world. We realised we were facing another threat to our freedom.

We thought that after the fall of Communism, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the era of peace would finally come. But terrorism declared war on us, a war which we never thought we would have to fight. The most vile of wars.

Not always has the international community been wise enough to tackle this threat. Once Afghanistan was freed from the Taliban regime, democracies diverged on the Iraqi affair. I don't want to comment them again. I just want to say that Italy didn't take part in the war. We only sent troops after Saddam Hussein's fall, and following a parliamentary debate and the UN resolution 1511. Peace keeping troops, the same as we did in Bosnia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Afghanistan, to guarantee security and the operating of hospitals, schools, social services. In order to restore democracy.

We must be proud of our soldiers. Hence, our mission in Iraq is a peace-keeping one, but someone still denies it. We cannot mistake the prey with the predator! A peace-keeping mission doesn't cease to be so just because of the attacks of terrorist militia. On the other hand, that's when our presence becomes even more important. Soldiers are sent to carry out these missions because they are high-risk ones. Withdrawing our troops from Iraq today would be . 032122 GIU 04


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: allies; allyitaly; berlusconi; bush43; italy; vaticanvisit

1 posted on 06/03/2004 5:33:26 PM PDT by ellery
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To: ellery
*bump*

I have always enjoyed my visits to Italy, and will continue to do so.

2 posted on 06/03/2004 5:37:26 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: ellery

Great speech...God bless him for giving it...God bless the Italian troops for their sacrifice and the Italian people who support us in this war.


3 posted on 06/03/2004 5:37:53 PM PDT by Jeff Head (WW III - www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: ellery

Bravo Italia! Bravo Berlusconi!


4 posted on 06/03/2004 5:38:38 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty
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To: ellery

Obviously, the Prime Minister does not read the NY Times.....


5 posted on 06/03/2004 5:39:06 PM PDT by prognostigaator
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To: ellery

Berlusconi talks straight, not like a politician. He doesn't have that BS socialist agenda clouding his thoughts. Maybe he has been reading Cicero, finding out what it was that made Rome great in its day.


6 posted on 06/03/2004 5:39:42 PM PDT by RightWhale (Theorems link concepts; proofs establish links)
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To: ellery
They must know the price the Americans paid to free our continent.

Bravo to Berlusconi!

7 posted on 06/03/2004 5:43:22 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: ellery; All

Alright Dubya is in Italy

Rack ittt


8 posted on 06/03/2004 5:49:23 PM PDT by SevenofNine ("Not everybody , in it, for truth, justice, and the American way,"=Det Lennie Briscoe)
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To: arasina

Amen..great speech!


9 posted on 06/03/2004 5:51:50 PM PDT by MEG33 (John Kerry's been AWOL for two decades on issues of National Security)
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To: Jeff Head

Ditto on everything that you wrote!!!!


10 posted on 06/03/2004 5:52:00 PM PDT by Gator113
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To: ellery
That settles it. For tomorrow night's dinner, the wine will be Italian (heh, heh - like that's a sacrifice).

This statement will only further convince the Euro-weenies (which does not include all Europeans, but they seem to be a solid majority) that Berlusconi is a right-wing radical. Practically a new Mussolini (yes, the irony will be lost on them for using this statement to bolster that belief).

11 posted on 06/03/2004 5:53:04 PM PDT by Snuffington
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To: Snuffington

I'm of Italian ancestory and he's the *ONLY* PM I've known by name my entire life. That says something, lol.


12 posted on 06/03/2004 5:56:18 PM PDT by wolficatZ (___><))))*>___)
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To: Miss Marple; Neets

ping


13 posted on 06/03/2004 5:56:59 PM PDT by kayak (My fellow Americans, we will not fail. We will persevere, and defeat this enemy. - GWB 5/24/04)
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To: ellery

Fly over : Jets from the Italian special unit airforce known as 'Frecce Tricolori'(Tricolor Arrow) spread smokes in the colors of the national flag over central Rome during the Day of The Republic celebrations. (AFP/Paolo Cocco)

14 posted on 06/03/2004 5:57:05 PM PDT by Tamzee (Kerry's just a gigolo, and everywhere he goes, people know the part he's playing...)
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To: ellery
That's why it is right for us Italians to recall the 4th June 1944, when, sixty years ago, the allies freed Rome, our capital, from the Nazis, two days before the US troops landed in Normandy

One of the 3ID troops who landed at Anzio, the late Samuel Lucido, later met a young girl named Assunta in Rome. Twelve years later, here I was.

15 posted on 06/03/2004 5:58:05 PM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: ellery

tagged.


16 posted on 06/03/2004 5:59:52 PM PDT by The_Macallan
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To: ellery

It seems that the Italians have not forgotten our sacrifice. I hope that the good relationship between our 2 countries continues. Of all European countries I want to visit Italy is at the top of my list!!!!!


17 posted on 06/03/2004 6:04:49 PM PDT by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
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To: Gator113
Thanks...the more reliable allies we have who will stick it out, the better.
18 posted on 06/03/2004 6:05:00 PM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com - The next World War)
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To: ellery
It is even thanks to America that many Italians, thieves of bicycles, could then buy a Vespa and a Fiat Seicento.

WTF? LOL

19 posted on 06/03/2004 6:07:44 PM PDT by muleskinner
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To: ellery
"They must know the price the Americans paid to free our continent. Half a million killed in world war II. More than 7000 killed on D-Day alone, in Normandy; 25,000 killed to liberate Italy."

"Some of them rest in peace in our country, buried in Anzio. I suggest you visit that cemetery, and see the names of people unkown to you: John, Charlie, Robert, Ted, Howard... Men aged 20, 22, who gave up their life for our freedom."

Bravo Signore Berlusconi, BRAVO!!!

20 posted on 06/03/2004 6:08:08 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez (Sin Pátria, pero sin amo.)
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To: kayak
My father was part of the 5th Army's assault into Italy. He won two Bronze stars...one for organizing the street people of Naples to work in an ordinance factory, and one for a secret mission he undertook to take a scientist out of Italy (assigned that because he had taught himself Italian).

I am so sorry my dad never heard Berlusconi's words, both today and at Camp David about 2 years ago. He would have been so happy to hear it, because he loved the Italians.

21 posted on 06/03/2004 6:08:24 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: ellery

God Bless him for having the courage to speak the truth. His statement is a wonderful tribute to all of the soldiers who fought in the war.


22 posted on 06/03/2004 6:13:51 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (I am a nobody, and nobody is perfect; therefore, I am perfect.)
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To: ellery
Silvio Berlusconi gets it, and wants the Italian people to get it. What a magnificent speech!..

We now invite the Italians in a raid against an even more dangerous enemy -- France Iran.

23 posted on 06/03/2004 6:15:28 PM PDT by F16Fighter
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To: NRA2BFree

Bump!


24 posted on 06/03/2004 6:19:28 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (I am a nobody, and nobody is perfect; therefore, I am perfect.)
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To: ellery

I wonder if the Italians know how grateful we are to have them by our side in this fight. We won't forget.


25 posted on 06/03/2004 6:20:47 PM PDT by McGavin999 (If Kerry can't deal with the "Republican Attack Machine" how is he going to deal with Al Qaeda)
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To: ellery

Wait... is this true? I saw NOTHING about this on the evening news.


26 posted on 06/03/2004 6:28:26 PM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (John F-ing Kerry??? NO... F-ING... WAY!!!)
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To: Cboldt

my daughter just returned from abroad studies in florence,also spent time with our family members still in sicily.she had a wonderfull time and was treated with great care and respect by this lands great people.
i commend this speech but my heart is greatly saddened that fine italian blood was tainted when italians came here and entered into a evil agreement with the unions and dems.


27 posted on 06/03/2004 6:28:36 PM PDT by alpha-8-25-02 (saved by GRACE and GRACE alone)
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To: ellery

Great, I feel even better about boycotting French Wine and buying Italian.


28 posted on 06/03/2004 6:28:41 PM PDT by rageaholic
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To: muleskinner
It is even thanks to America that many Italians, thieves of bicycles, could then buy a Vespa and a Fiat Seicento.

WTF? LOL

It might be referring to Ladri di biciclette (Bicycle Thieves), an Italian film made in 1948 which focused on the economic problems following the war. I haven't seen it, but imdb.com has a listing for it.

29 posted on 06/03/2004 6:48:10 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Teach a Democrat to fish and he will curse you for not just giving him the fish.)
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To: ellery

Bump


30 posted on 06/03/2004 6:49:15 PM PDT by MontanaBeth (Irritating a Democrat a day, since 1970)
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To: ellery
Millions of Italians found their well-being in that hospitable country

Including my maternal great-grandparents who both hailed from Sicily!

I like Silvio Berlusconi!

31 posted on 06/03/2004 6:49:47 PM PDT by SuziQ (Bush in 2004/Because we Must!!! (Bombard))
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To: ellery

BUMP


32 posted on 06/03/2004 6:49:54 PM PDT by Kate of Spice Island (sKerry to imagine the Kerry's swearing around Tony Blair or anyone else in power.)
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To: ellery

This is a beautiful expression. I've sincerely enjoyed reading this piece. Thank you for posting.


33 posted on 06/03/2004 6:53:39 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Snuffington
For tomorrow night's dinner, the wine will be Italian.

Not a bad thought, that.

34 posted on 06/03/2004 6:59:23 PM PDT by Agnes Heep (Solus cum sola non cogitabuntur orare pater noster)
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To: Miss Marple

He's hearing them from Heaven, Miss Marple. Bravissimo to your wonderful, courageous father.


35 posted on 06/03/2004 7:02:12 PM PDT by Rushmore Rocks (He who laughs.........................lasts!)
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To: muleskinner

"It is even thanks to America that many Italians, thieves of bicycles, could then buy a Vespa and a Fiat Seicento."

"WTF? LOL"

The joke is that after the war, the Italians were so poor that they took to stealing bicycles throughout the country because they needed wheels but couldn't afford cars. There was even a famous movie that identified with this phenomenon called "The Bicycle Thief".


36 posted on 06/03/2004 7:17:15 PM PDT by vanmorrison
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To: Mr. Mojo; Euro-American Scum

Ping for a great tribute to America and our soldiers!


37 posted on 06/03/2004 7:22:07 PM PDT by NRA2BFree (I am a nobody, and nobody is perfect; therefore, I am perfect.)
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To: ellery
BRAVO!
38 posted on 06/03/2004 8:20:52 PM PDT by Lady In Blue
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To: alpha-8-25-02
"i commend this speech but my heart is greatly saddened that fine italian blood was tainted when italians came here and entered into a evil agreement with the unions and dems."

I agree whole heartedly with that statement. Sad but true.

39 posted on 06/03/2004 8:45:50 PM PDT by LuigiBasco (Time to restart The Crusades.)
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