Italians Lobby for Release of Hostage by Calling for End to Occupation

What could possibly motivate a left-wing anti-American Italian journalist to stage her own kidnapping by terrorists in Iraq? Perhaps she knew that left-wingers around the world would blame the USA for her plight. AP:

Thousands of people marched in Rome today to demand the release of an Italian journalist kidnapped in Iraq.

"Free Iraq, Troops out of Iraq," read one banner as the crowd made its way from Rome's main train station along a boulevard skirting the Colosseum.

Many marchers waved rainbow-colored peace flags, which were draped on windowsills and balconies throughout Italy in the months leading up to the war. Other participants twirled the red flags of Italian Communists.

Another marcher, Irene Corradino, 38, said she came from Milan on behalf of Sgrena and "to deliver a protest message to our leaders who support the war."

Public opinion surveys have indicated widespread Italian opposition to the invasion.

Let me emphasize, again, that this is mere speculation and the larger part of me rejects it. However, some small part of me still thinks this whole thing is a sham.

Posted by: Rusty at 11:21 AM


1 As an Italian, I am disgusted by these idiots.

To me, Quattrocchi is and will be an hero.

One of the former hostages who was with him, now has opened a blog: and he's very Pro-US

Posted by: Stefania at February 19, 2005 12:12 PM

2 Of course it is phoney. But the MSM loves phoney look at Rathergate as a prime example. Then look at CNN. If phoney smears American ideals the MSM and left-wingers world wide love it. This has been true for at least 60 years.

Posted by: Rod Stanton at February 19, 2005 03:01 PM

3 The sign on the left says "Stop the Genocide in Iraq" (should be easy enough to read, even if you don't know the language). Can anyone explain to me how what GWB has done can be fairly described as "genocide," and how Saddam Hussein was a viable alternative in light of that explanation?

That's what I thought.

Posted by: Sobek at February 20, 2005 03:28 PM

4 Italy has to keep its nerve...just as the British and Americans do. Respect to the Italians in Iraq, you are our partners...keep the faith.

Posted by: karl at February 20, 2005 05:14 PM

5 Is the person on the left a man or women or it. If I looked that bad I wouldn't hate America. I would hate my parents.

Posted by: greyrooster at February 24, 2005 06:21 AM

6 how would getting kiddnapped help her anti- occupation movement.............seems to me it would just prove America was right and she is an IDIOT!

Posted by: Red Wolf at February 25, 2005 12:45 PM

Most italian leftists are taught to hate everything American since an early age. They say they are against war but if the war were against the US and Americans were killed, they would be
secretly overjoyed. All their violent anti-global
rhetoric is grounded in their hatred of America- they're all so uptight about Genetically modified crops (which haven't caused any harm to anyone) but don't mind smoking and don't talk about any
of the positive things America has done like vaccines etc. Why they hate America so much is an
interesting question and it isn't just Bush (who I didn't vote for)but the USA and Americans as people as well that they loathe. Gianni

Posted by: Gianni at March 01, 2005 10:32 AM

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