Thursday, 15 October 2009

The Italian Way Of War

French troops were killed after Italy hushed up ‘bribes’ to Taleban - Times Online
When ten French soldiers were killed last year in an ambush by Afghan insurgents in what had seemed a relatively peaceful area, the French public were horrified.

Their revulsion increased with the news that many of the dead soldiers had been mutilated — and with the publication of photographs showing the militants triumphantly sporting their victims’ flak jackets and weapons. The French had been in charge of the Sarobi area, east of Kabul, for only a month, taking over from the Italians; it was one of the biggest single losses of life by Nato forces in Afghanistan.

What the grieving nation did not know was that in the months before the French soldiers arrived in mid-2008, the Italian secret service had been paying tens of thousands of dollars to Taleban commanders and local warlords to keep the area quiet, The Times has learnt. The clandestine payments, whose existence was hidden from the incoming French forces, were disclosed by Western military officials.
There's a certain easy logic to the Italian way of doing things, ie don't do the job you're supposed to do and use bribery to make things look good.

These people, however, are our 'colleagues' in the European Union, which is poised to seize even more of our sovereignty. Not exactly trustworthy, are they?

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