WILL ITALY FOLLOW IN SPAIN'S DHIMI FOOTSTEPS?
Calderoli stood his ground:
I didn’t provoke anyone. I just had the courage to respond to intolerable provocation. My T-shirt wasn’t intended to offend Muslims but to defend the right to have different ideas. I wanted to contest the madness of people who use religion as a false pretext for other purposes.
But the same cannot be said by the alarmed Italian leftist opposition:
“He must stop putting our country’s security at risk with his provocative gestures and statements. The struggle against al-Qaeda’s fundamentalist terrorism must be carried forward with seriousness and rigour,” said Paolo Cento of the Greens party.
One does not have to be a fan of the Northern League to agree with Roberto Castelli, the Italian Justice Minister:
We are as if in 1938. Islamic terrorism is the new Nazism. Faced with this danger, there are two ways to go – either run straight into the mosque and apologise, or repeat our willingness to defend our reason for living with all democratic means.
Be that as it may, the Italian choice is no longer a mere referendum on Berlusconi. It is a referendum on the Italian willingness to stand up to Al Qaeda.
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