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Fmr. Italian Pres.: We Paid for Immunity From Terrorist Attacks
Arutz 7 ^ | Nissan Ratzlav-Katz

Posted on 08/18/2008 3:11:42 PM PDT by Nachum

(IsraelNN.com) In a letter appearing in the weekend edition of the respected Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, former Italian President Francesco Cossiga revealed that the government of Italy agreed to allow Arab terrorist groups freedom of movement in the country in exchange for immunity from attacks in Italy.

Cossiga wrote that the government of the late Prime Minister Aldo Moro reached a "secret non-belligerence pact between the Italian state and Palestinian resistance organizations, including terrorist groups," in the 1970s. According to the former president, it was Moro himself who designed the terms of the agreement with the foreign Arab terrorists. Ironically, Moro later met his death at the hands of homegrown Italian terrorists, the Red Brigades, in 1978. Cossiga was president of Italy from 1985-1992 and is today a senator-for-life in the Italian legislature.

"The terms of the agreement were that the Palestinian organizations could even maintain armed bases of operation in the country, and they had freedom of entry and exit without being subject to normal police controls, because they were 'handled' by the secret services," Cossiga explained.

As Interior Minister, Cossiga said that he learned PLO members in Italy had diplomatic immunity as representatives of the Arab League. When he became alarmed by the heavy weapons defenses installed around the homes of PLO members living in Rome, the guards were persuaded to switch to light arms.

In his letter, the former Italian president also linked the Arab terrorist groups of the 1970s with the Italian far-left. "The Palestinian organizations could even maintain armed bases of operation in the country." - Cossiga According to Cossiga, he received a telegram from the head of an anti-Israel terrorist group headquartered at the time in Beirut requesting the return of one of their surface-to-air missiles that had gone missing. The missile was intercepted by Italian police while being "driven on the streets by a well-known ideologue of the extra-parliamentary left!" Cossiga wrote.

In an article in Corriere della Sera the week before Cossiga's admission, a former leader of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) also claimed that his terror group and the Italian leadership had reached an accord protecting Italy from attack in exchange for Italian non-interference in PFLP activities in Italy. The former PFLP boss, Bassam Abu Sharif, later became a senior member of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and personal advisor to the late arch-terrorist Yasser Arafat.

While there were several terrorist attacks on targets in Italy in the years following the alleged "protection" deal, most of them could be traced to Abu Nidal's terrorist organization. Abu Nidal rejected the authority of the PLO leadership and many of his attacks, including those in Rome, were assassinations of PLO figures and other Arab diplomats.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: appeasement; danegeld; eurabia; globaljihad; immunity; islam; italian; italy; jihadineurope; mohammedanism; paid; terrorist; wot

1 posted on 08/18/2008 3:12:06 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

2 posted on 08/18/2008 3:14:35 PM PDT by krb (If you're not outraged, people probably like having you around.)
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To: Nachum; Atlantic Bridge; SJackson; SandRat; river rat; Alouette; ExTexasRedhead; justiceseeker93

The only thing the Italian government bought is time. They’re only delaying the inevitable, not preventing it.


3 posted on 08/18/2008 3:15:26 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (If Islam conquers the world, the Earth will be at peace because the human race will be killed off.)
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To: Nachum

Why can’t we be as enlightened and progressive as these Europeans?


4 posted on 08/18/2008 3:16:56 PM PDT by ClaudiusI
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To: Nachum

Danegeld


5 posted on 08/18/2008 3:17:19 PM PDT by dynachrome (Henry Bowman is right)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Wasn’t there a bombing at an airport in Italy back in the ‘70s? Do I remember right? Maybe another group did the bombing?

What **%*%**$ to negotiate with terrorists like that.


6 posted on 08/18/2008 3:17:23 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Nachum

Millions for defense. Not one cent for tribute.


7 posted on 08/18/2008 3:18:57 PM PDT by rhombus
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To: Dilbert San Diego
Wasn’t there a bombing at an airport in Italy back in the ‘70s? Do I remember right? Maybe another group did the bombing?

What **%*%**$ to negotiate with terrorists like that.


It is only by vague recollection, but I seem to recall a lot of terrorist activity in Italy and in Greece in the 70's. In Italy, there were kidnappings that often ended in murder.

Various terrorist organizations were involved. Wasn't there a man named Buckley kidnapped and killed in Italy. Forgive my vagueness; I'll google.
8 posted on 08/18/2008 3:23:03 PM PDT by hummingbird (If Obama wins, I'm already sick of his first four years.)
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To: Nachum

Not only appeasement but they provided them with a base of operations so they could plan attacks against Italy’s “allies”!


9 posted on 08/18/2008 3:25:55 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Nachum

When the Barbarians first appeared at the gates of Rome, the Roman citizens offered up all of their treasure and paid them off. The Barbarians went away. They came back.


10 posted on 08/18/2008 3:27:44 PM PDT by centurion316
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To: rhombus

The Romans paid off the Alans, the Venetians paid off the Turks and the Italian CD paid off the PFLP.

This by the way has been common knowledge in Italy for decades. It’s why they freed Abu Nidal after the US forced his plane to land in Sicily.

Cossiga is a Sard if I’m not mistaken. Famous for kidnappers.


11 posted on 08/18/2008 3:32:14 PM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF ("Gun Control" is not about the guns. "Illegal Immigration" is not about the immigration)
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To: Nachum

Amazing. Great post!


12 posted on 08/18/2008 3:32:48 PM PDT by ConservativeMind
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To: Nachum

The Muslim term for this is “Dar al-Harb”.


13 posted on 08/18/2008 3:32:48 PM PDT by ikka
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To: Nachum

This explains why it was so damned easy to hand-grenade a friend of mine in the Naples USO.

Shame on the greasy surrender monkeys.


14 posted on 08/18/2008 3:34:53 PM PDT by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: Nachum

And has Putin made a similar deal? Russia backs Iran in the Security Council in return for no more Beslans?


15 posted on 08/18/2008 3:35:29 PM PDT by omega4412
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To: Nachum
Give terrorist thugs and inch and they'll take a mile.

Here's why President G.W. Bush will be one of the greatest American presidents (in 20+ years)... he didn't show up to terrorists gun fights with just a knife.

He's hit them and hit them hard... all terrorists P.O.S. know it is not nice to mess with the Red, White, and Blue.

Sad thing is if B.H.O. attains higher office it'll be a signal to the terrorists that the "good ol' days" of picking on America (like they did when Bill C. was president) will be standard operating procedure.

16 posted on 08/18/2008 3:40:17 PM PDT by Trajan88 (www.bullittclub.com)
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To: Clemenza

ping


17 posted on 08/18/2008 3:40:51 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Nachum

And has Putin made a similar deal? Russia backs Iran in the Security Council in return for no more Beslans?


18 posted on 08/18/2008 3:42:58 PM PDT by omega4412
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To: ExpatGator

The grenade attack was in Barcelona, Spain. Naples was a car bomb.

This would have been considered a violation of the agreement except that it was perpetrated by the Japanese Red Army.

http://www.rewardsforjustice.net/index.cfm?page=USOClub&language=english


19 posted on 08/18/2008 3:43:41 PM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF ("Gun Control" is not about the guns. "Illegal Immigration" is not about the immigration)
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To: Nachum

disgusting and pathetic.


20 posted on 08/18/2008 3:44:10 PM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: Clintonfatigued

Imagine if the bastards had planned attacks against us from a safe base of operations in Italy. Absolutely crazy.


21 posted on 08/18/2008 3:45:28 PM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: dynachrome
The problem with paying the Danegeld is that it doesn't get rid of the Dane.

The Dane is still is there ready to burn down your farm and take your daughter, but now he has your gold to finance the endeavor.

22 posted on 08/18/2008 3:45:42 PM PDT by allmendream (If "the New Yorker" makes a joke, and liberals don't get it, is it still funny?)
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To: Trajan88

It is amazing if you think about it. There is NO doubt that the animals would attack us anyway that they could if they had the chance. We’ve been very fortunate to date. I too think that President Bush will one day be seen as a visionary on some issues.


23 posted on 08/18/2008 3:47:26 PM PDT by ItisaReligionofPeace
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To: Nachum

Well we already knew what pathetic terrorist-coddling weasels the Italians can be — just look at the aftermath of the Achille Lauro terrorism, etc.

btw, I have read that Abbas (current head of the PLO/PA) was very close to the hijacking of the Achille Lauro and during the crisis referred to the Italian govt. as “our friends”


24 posted on 08/18/2008 3:54:06 PM PDT by Enchante (Obama-cons: Trying to fool America, one media dupe at a time!)
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To: hummingbird

You have your terrorists confused. Italy had problems with left-wing groups such as the Red Brigades and the Gattis back in the 1970s.


25 posted on 08/18/2008 3:56:00 PM PDT by Clemenza (No Comment)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Feeding the alligator, hoping he won’t eat you...he will only eat you last..


26 posted on 08/18/2008 3:56:34 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: InABunkerUnderSF; Cacique
Cossiga is a Sard if I’m not mistaken. Famous for kidnappers.

Correct. He was also first cousin to Enrico Berlinguer, head of the Italian Communist Party for many years. Cossiga himself was a Christian Democrat.

27 posted on 08/18/2008 3:59:24 PM PDT by Clemenza (No Comment)
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To: Nachum

Ironically, the Italian Gov’t (with Cossiga as Interior Minister) refused to appease its own domestic, non-Islamist terrorists (Red Brigades) in 1978 when they kidnapped Moro himself. Moro’s bullet-riddled body was found in the trunk of a car a few weeks later.


28 posted on 08/18/2008 4:01:00 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: ClaudiusI
Why can’t we be as enlightened and progressive as these Europeans?

We can be...........just vote for Barry.

twice........

29 posted on 08/18/2008 4:12:44 PM PDT by LasVegasMac (Islam: Bringing the world death and destruction for 1400 years!)
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To: rfp1234
Ironically, the Italian Gov’t (with Cossiga as Interior Minister) refused to appease its own domestic, non-Islamist terrorists (Red Brigades)

Of course not, they were traitors. The Red Brigades had virtually no support in Italy, outside of the economics department of Padua University. The Christian Democrats didn't support them, the Socialists didn't support them and the Italian Communist Party (PCI) didn't support them. They fanatic traitors and a threat to the stability of the Italian state.

On the other hand, from an Italian perspective (and I'm not trying to justify it) the Israel/PLO fight was just two groups of foreigners with a disagreement. The Italians paid off one side in order to keep it out of Italy.

30 posted on 08/18/2008 4:21:07 PM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF ("Gun Control" is not about the guns. "Illegal Immigration" is not about the immigration)
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To: Nachum

Italy did that with Hitler also to keep him from invading.


31 posted on 08/18/2008 4:32:24 PM PDT by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: InABunkerUnderSF

You’re probably right. I guess I remember it as Naples because I was at that USO just weeks before they hit it. My Seabee buddy was in the bar when they hand-grenaded it.

My opinion of the Italians socialists is unchanged.


32 posted on 08/18/2008 5:04:46 PM PDT by ExpatGator (Extending logic since 1961.)
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To: Clemenza; InABunkerUnderSF

And let us not forget, Sardinia was also the birthplace of Antonio Gramsci, who incidentally, was born not too far from my mother’s town.


33 posted on 08/18/2008 8:30:40 PM PDT by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Nachum

Sick.

Yet they turned away refugees from Iraq at the same time.


34 posted on 08/18/2008 10:34:50 PM PDT by Impy (Spellcheck hates Obama, you should too.)
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To: Nachum
Ironically, Moro later met his death at the hands of homegrown Italian terrorists, the Red Brigades, in 1978.

That's exactly what he should have expected.

35 posted on 08/19/2008 5:18:57 AM PDT by Christopher Lincoln
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To: Cacique

One of my all time favorite commies!

In 1989 on vacation in Liguria I stopped in at the California Bar in Cavi de Lavagna and met an old gentleman named Zio Luigi. Luigi wasn’t my uncle he was just a guy everyone called Zio Luigi. He had family in California and said he spoke a little English that after about thee drinks it got much better. I told him that after a few drinks my Italian improved too. There followed a sincere attempt to improve international communications.

Somewhere during the proceedings he asked if I had a car. I said yes and he said that the next day would be “a festival if my party”, which I took to mean a birthday or anniversary or something. He invited me to come and I said I’d pick him up that afternoon but that I had planned to go to the the local Saint Somebody’s day celebration in Varese Ligure later. He said they were all going to that celebration too and that their deal would be finished by then.

When I showed up at the tire shop his real nephew ran Zio Luigi said the place was very hard to get to and insisted on driving. I let him. Big Mistake. We ended up driving all over the area picking up friends of his who wanted to go to the festival too - all of them older than Luigi. By the time we got to the event there were six Italian senior citizens and me stuffed into a Fiat Mille.

So eventually we get to the event and there’s this big banner - “Welcome! To the Annual PCI Member Festival — Sponsored by Lowenbrau”. I had been used as an pawn by Italian Communist Party. I felt like a useful idiot.

I was a bit uncomfortable - 1) I was the only American, 2) I was the only non-communist, 3) I was the only one under 60. The thing that stood out was that all these people were old. Italians just weren’t joining the party and they admitted that. I had gone to UC Berkeley and thought I knew a thing or two about communists and communism. Turns out everything I knew was wrong. Unlike our Berkeley reds these guys were way short on anti-American rants. Most of them had family here, most had been helped by American service men during WWII and a couple had survived Stalingrad and tours as POWs in the Soviet Union.

There main criticism of America was that they could not understand why President Reagan had had to leave office. At that time Khadafi owned 25% of Fiat and it’s associated subsidiaries including the toll booths on the Autostrdas. Anybody who dropped bombs on Khadafi was as far as these PCI members were concerned a true friend of socialist labor. Besides he was about their age. I got cornered by a ‘70 something guy who had probably known Granmsci who kept asking “Reagan was strong, Reagan was a man, Bush is... WHAT!!?” I spent a fair part of my afternoon trying to explain the finer points of the American constitution to a bunch slightly intoxicated of geriatric Reagonite Marxists. The good news is that I came away with what is now a great collection of PCI memorabilia though I couldn’t talk them out of the Lowenbrau banner - the company wanted that back.

A few of years later the Tangente scandal hit and the PCI was no more. Zio Luigi wound up as a Liga member and I suspect most of the others have passed on by now. The PCI remains my favorite bunch of communists.


36 posted on 08/19/2008 11:26:13 AM PDT by InABunkerUnderSF ("Gun Control" is not about the guns. "Illegal Immigration" is not about the immigration)
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