We Say Tomato, You Say Pomodoro
In what is certain to be the beginning of the end of Italy's involvement in Bush's war with Iraq, a U.S. investigation on whether American soldiers were at fault in the death of an Italian intelligence officer has come to the conclusion that they were not.
Unfortunately, the Italians do not agree with the report. In a statement, the two countries were said to be incapable of arriving at any "shared final conclusions." At issue is that the account by the two survivors has clashed with that of the U.S. military. While the survivors claim that soldiers fired at their slow moving car the same time a warning beam was flashed, soldiers argued that the car was speeding and that they fired warning shots before firing at the car's radiator.
Whether they agree or not seems irrelevant. The Italian people don't support the war in Iraq and Premier Silvio Berlusconi has been under mounting pressue to get the Italian soldiers out and to abandon his 'molto pazzo' attempt to become buddy-buddy with Bush.
Ultimately, this may be Italy's best opportunity to just call the whole thing off.