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LD Cary, you have been unfair to Italy

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Submitted by Octavio Johanson (Italy), May 10, 2006 at 04:52

Italy is losing soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan every day. And yet, they are standing by the coalition. The new centre-left government is not going to adopt the Spanish option of withdrawing all troops. Germany has got a new government and the old anti-war stance could change. Canada has got a new pro-American government. You are correct on France and Spain.

Now that Tony Blair is in trouble, we need to see what the new British leader will do. The foreign secretary Jack Straw has been sacked. Australia will join the coalition. Either you build a coalition against Iran, or China and Russia will crush you. Don't forget that now you have got sworn enemies in your backyard. The new nativists of Latin America (Evo Morales and Hugo Chavez) pose a threat to your security in the western hemisphere. If you want to beat Iran, you need allies and friends.

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