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April 15, 2004

I'll take my holes in front, please.

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Oh - and have the courtesy to look me in the eye, eh?

From Andrew Stuttaford in The Corner today.

Amid all the talk about European 'appeasement', it's worth reading this extract from a Reuters story:

"ROME, April 15 (Reuters) -...Fabrizio Quattrocchi, one of four Italian security guards abducted [in Iraq] earlier this week, was shot dead on Wednesday after Italy refused to bow to the kidnappers' demands that it withdraw its troops from Iraq. Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said a video recording of the killing showed that Quattrocchi was hooded when his kidnappers put a gun to his head. "When the murderers were pointing a pistol at him, this man tried to take off his hood and shouted: 'Now I'm going to show you how an Italian dies'. And they killed him," Frattini said. "He died a hero," he added..."

Indeed he did. The murderers that butchered him are, needless to say, beneath contempt.

Regardless of what you think about the war in Iraq - I hope you can respect a man with enough brass to engage in a last great act of defiance.

If anyone knows if (and where I can get) the Italians have an equivalent of "Taps" I'd appreciate it.

Absent that, Now is the time at Castle Argghhh! when we dance. In Memoriam.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I say to you, "Fabrizio Quattrocchi."

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A former infantryman, the Spirit of Legio X burned within.