Skip to comments.Berlusconi Faces Muslim Clash
Posted on 05/04/2008 6:54:21 PM PDT by blam
Berlusconi faces Muslim clash
By Malcolm Moore in Rome
Last Updated: 11:38PM BST 04/05/2008
Silvio Berlusconi is facing a row with the Muslim world over his plans to appoint a member of the far-Right to his cabinet.
Roberto Calderoli, 52, a senior member of the Northern League, enraged Muslims two years ago during the row over a set of Danish cartoons featuring the Prophet Mohammed. He appeared on television wearing a T-shirt printed with one of the cartoons. The Italian consulate in Libya was set on fire and 11 people died in riots.
Mr Calderoli has also threatened to defile the proposed site of a mosque in Padua by walking a pig over the ground. When Italy beat France in the 2006 World Cup, he said France had "sacrificed its identity by fielding niggers, Muslims and communists".
Despite the controversies, which forced him to resign as a minister for reform in 2006, Mr Calderoli is likely to get another job when Mr Berlusconi picks his cabinet because of the strong results obtained by the Northern League in the general election.
Saif Gaddafi, the son of the Libyan leader, said the appointment would have "catastrophic consequences" for trade between Italy and Libya. Italy is Libya's largest European trading partner, and an importer of Libyan oil.
Franco Frattini, who is likely to become foreign minister, promised that Mr Berlusconi would have a "dialogue" with Islamic countries before cabinet appointments.
ROCK THE CASBAH! LOL
Unbelievable. Getting approval from terrorists before naming a cabinet can not be a good idea.
May God Bless our natural allies, the Italians.
And to hell with the Muslims and their demands.
Until non-muslims in their countries have the same rights as Muslims, they can shove it where the sun don’t shine.
I don't know about that, but Zidane's red card for the Materazzi headbutt didn't help a whole lot.
Libya? Didn’t that used to be called “Italian North Africa”? Hmmmmmmmmmmm.
I used to say this song has the best guitar solo of all time. But then I discovered Larry Carlton. It may be the best, but I’m not certain about it like I used to be.
Maybe their practice time was misspent?
That was indeed a good angle, as advertised.
Oh, that “video” is a hoot. Perfect.
Thank you. That has made my week. I had no idea of the pedagogical intricacies of the flopping-while-indicating-the-pulling-of-a-(preferably-red)-card technique.
ITALY, Braveheart of the WEST?? Difference is they do not have to pick a fight, they have had one declared against them for some time.
I'll give that a balls rating of 10+. LOL
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