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  •  Mad? I'm not sure I would agree... (7+ / 0-)

    ...with that, Ruthless, murderous, megalomaniacal? Absolutely.

    Don't tell me what you believe. Tell me what you do and I'll tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 11:33:47 AM PST

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    •  However, the leverage point may be valid (2+ / 0-)
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      Dunvegan, LaurenMonica

      Italy is the only country that may have any minimal influence there.

      •  And they ain't movin'. (1+ / 0-)
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        They just want to make sure they don't end up with 10s of thousands of Libyans on the shores of Sicily and surrounding islands.  

      •  Italy under Berlusconi... (2+ / 0-)
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        ...has picked up an image of being widely corrupt, both internally as well as willing to bow to foreign powers where Italy has financial interests - I know that all countries are legitimately influenced by their national financial interests, but Italy really takes it to a low so alarming as to make me think that it could eventually either invite scrutiny from Brussels or criticism of the EU's capacity to respond to human rights' catastrophes.  It will take enormous intervention from Washington or Brussels to get Berlusconi to see past the end of his face.

        Honestly, it really saddens me how far Italy's reputation in the world has fallen under the current government - whatever harm Bush did to the US's reputation pales in comparison to the blows to Italian pride dealt by Berlusconi.

        "What Washington needs is adult supervision" - Barack Obama

        by auron renouille on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 12:15:31 PM PST

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      •  Berlusconi (0+ / 0-)

         acarvin  Andy Carvin
        Berlusconi calls attacks on protesters "unacceptable," EU should prevent it from becoming civil war. #libya
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        Brothers & sisters of #Egypt, you have given the world the most precious gift: the belief that ultimately right will prevail. -Desmond Tutu

        by conchita on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 12:20:48 PM PST

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      •  i would assume China (1+ / 0-)
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        has some influence, too.

        Words can sometimes, in moments of grace, attain the quality of deeds. --Elie Wiesel

        by a gilas girl on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 12:34:44 PM PST

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    •  Whether or not physically ... (3+ / 0-)
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      JohnInWestland, conchita, esquimaux

      ... insane, a strongman dictator who has been in power this long sometimes lives with such a distorted information flow that he may well be effectively insane.

      If he thinks he can't put down an insurrection like this with mercenaries, he certainly has forgotten his Machiavellii:

      "...if one holds his state on the basis of mercenary arms, he will never be firm or secure; because they are disunited, ambitious, without discipline, unfaithful; gallant among friends, vile among enemies; no fear of God, no faith with men; and one defers ruin insofar as one defers the attack; and in peace you are despoiled by them, in war by the enemy. The Prince

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      by BruceMcF on Mon Feb 21, 2011 at 12:14:55 PM PST

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