Italy’s Course Veers From U.S.
Italy’s new prime minister declared Thursday that the war in Iraq was a “grave error” that risked igniting conflict in the entire Middle East region. He said Italy would stick with plans to bring home its 2,700 troops stationed there but gave no timetable for their return. Making his first policy address as head of government, Romano Prodi formally abandoned the unequivocal support that his predecessor, Silvio Berlusconi, gave to U.S. policy in Iraq. Prodi appeared to indirectly criticize the United States’ holding of terrorism suspects, saying such efforts must never undermine personal liberties. Full Story