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Italians fall out of love with 'two Simonas'
telegraph ^ | 10/02/04 | Bruce Johnston in Rome

Posted on 10/02/2004 12:00:54 PM PDT by Pikamax

Italians fall out of love with 'two Simonas' By Bruce Johnston in Rome (Filed: 02/10/2004)

Italy's adoration of the "two Simonas", the women aid workers abducted in Iraq, began to sour yesterday, as the extent of their sympathy for the Iraqi fight against the allied occupation became clear.

Simona Pari, Simona Torretta and Lello Rienzi talk to the press In their first big interviews given since their release in return for a reported $1 million ransom on Tuesday, Simona Pari and Simona Torretta, both 29, gave their backing to insurgents opposing the allied forces.

Miss Pari, when asked why she and her colleague had not asked on their return for the release of other hostages, said: "We didn't know there were any other hostages. No one told us about the British prisoner, nor about the Americans who were beheaded. I say that every life has to be saved, that the right to life is sacred everywhere.

"If you ask me about terrorism, I'll tell you that there is terrorism and there is resistance. The resistance struggle of people against an occupying force is guaranteed by international law."

The women's comments are likely to cause renewed anger in government circles, following their call soon after their release for Italy's peacekeeping forces to be withdrawn.

Miss Torretta admitted that was now studying Islam, although she denied that was planning to convert.

The two women have also ruffled feathers by thanking Italy's Islamic community for working for their release before thanking the government and the Italian Red Cross.

After they were taken hostage on Sept 7, the two Simonas achieved iconic status in Italy and the conservative government and the opposition put aside their differences to work together for the women's release.

But as the Turin newspaper La Stampa said yesterday, national unity has been short lived since their arrival home, wearing kaftans and thanking their captors in Arabic for their release before the cameras of the Al-Jazeera stellite television network.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: hostages; iraq; italianhostages; italy
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1 posted on 10/02/2004 12:00:55 PM PDT by Pikamax
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To: Pikamax

A pity they weren't the stars in an islamic snuff film...

These two twits do not deserve to live where good people are dying!

They are beyond contempt, as all zeropeans are!


2 posted on 10/02/2004 12:02:51 PM PDT by Pitiricus
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To: Pitiricus

Yeah, what he said!


3 posted on 10/02/2004 12:04:46 PM PDT by Aeronaut (Sincerity is everything. Once you can fake that, you've got it made. -- George Burns)
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To: Pikamax
Italy's adoration of the "two Simonas", the women aid workers abducted in Iraq, began to sour yesterday, as the extent of their sympathy for the Iraqi fight against the allied occupation became clear.

Took'em long enough.

4 posted on 10/02/2004 12:05:24 PM PDT by mewzilla
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To: Aeronaut
I wonder if they will have repay the ransom?
5 posted on 10/02/2004 12:05:48 PM PDT by dhm005
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To: Aeronaut

Probably a put up job!


6 posted on 10/02/2004 12:06:08 PM PDT by Kolokotronis (Nuke the Cube!)
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To: Pikamax

What are the chances they were brainwashed?


7 posted on 10/02/2004 12:06:39 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Pikamax

I will preface this by saying that my husband is not a conspiracy theorist, but he thinks that this whole thing was a scam to get money for the "insurgents" and that the women were willing participants.


8 posted on 10/02/2004 12:07:11 PM PDT by SilentServiceCPOWife (Hillary Clinton is Ellsworth Toohey in drag.)
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To: BradyLS

Please read about today's hostage *rescue* by US troops in Samarra, one that didn't involve giving a million dollars to fund the insurgents bombs while encouraging far more hostage taking: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1233406/posts


9 posted on 10/02/2004 12:08:17 PM PDT by Mount Athos
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To: Kolokotronis

That's possible, too. I hear they want to go BACK.


10 posted on 10/02/2004 12:08:19 PM PDT by BradyLS (DO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Pikamax

May the spirit of Fabrizio Quattrocchi haunt these hags to their graves.


11 posted on 10/02/2004 12:08:37 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (Am Yisrael Chai!)
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To: Pikamax
The resistance struggle of people against an occupying force is guaranteed by international law."

Soundslike she's working for the Kerry campaign.

To set the record straight for these 2 red bastards and their socialist friends in the Democratic party in this country, the US are liberators, not occupiers.

13 posted on 10/02/2004 12:12:40 PM PDT by Rome2000 (The ENEMY for Kerry!!!!!)
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To: Kristian

Better yet send them back to the beheading jihadi's


14 posted on 10/02/2004 12:14:06 PM PDT by cincysux
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To: Pikamax

Ungrateful bitches, now turned to the dark side of Islam, The Cult of Death™.


16 posted on 10/02/2004 12:16:31 PM PDT by 7.62 x 51mm ( veni vidi vino visa "I came, I saw, I drank wine, I shopped")
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To: Pitiricus

I hope the Italians are quite happy that they payed a million dollars to get these women back, ensuring future kidnappers will keep up their trade. Stockholm syndrome is alive and well.


17 posted on 10/02/2004 12:17:31 PM PDT by mbennett203
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To: Kristian

Well, Kristian, let me tone down my rage, because you're on our side (at least).

I know not everyone in Europe hates bush (just the vast, *overwhelming* majority.). I too hope they're forced to repay the money that was paid to save their lives, in turn only to stab Italian soldiers fighting these fascists in the back.

BTW, if Europe pisses you off too much, you're always welcome here.


18 posted on 10/02/2004 12:21:00 PM PDT by mbennett203
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To: mewzilla

mewzilla wrote:



Took'em long enough.





As I recall, those gals were let loose Monday. Today is Saturday. Who knows how long they were held undergoing medical checks and being debriefed?

Do you remember the noble Italian gentleman, who tore off his hood and screamed , "THIS is how an Italian dies!" , as the bad guys cut his throat?

The Italians as a whole have been nothing but stalwart in our support. Berlescuni has said he will maintain their presence.

Just because these two gals have either lost their minds, have Stockholm Syndrome or really ARE ungrateful wretches, I don't think it is fair to judge the entire Italian population based on what they do.



Besides, it appears the Italians are turning their backs on them.


19 posted on 10/02/2004 12:23:46 PM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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To: Pitiricus

SIGH


My post # 19.

The Pole are European as well.


20 posted on 10/02/2004 12:25:49 PM PDT by tiamat ("Just a Bronze-Age Gal, Trapped in a Techno-World!")
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