Nur al-Cubicle

A blog on the current crises in the Middle East and news accounts unpublished by the US press. Daily timeline of events in Iraq as collected from stories and dispatches in the French and Italian media: Le Monde (Paris), Il Corriere della Sera (Milan), La Repubblica (Rome), L'Orient-Le Jour (Beirut) and occasionally from El Mundo (Madrid).

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Western terrorism and the consequences


Today's demonstration commemorating the victims of right-wing terror.

On August 2, 1980 at 10:25 am, at the height of tourist season, a powerful bomb exploded in the 2nd class waiting room at the Bologna railway station in Italy. The blast killed 85, including nearly a dozen Americans, and wounded 200. The city with its long tradition of progressive leftism, Bologna was targeted by rogue CIA agents from a cell calling itself Gladio, in the hopes of provoking a violent reaction by the left, which would then lead to a state of emergency and an excuse for mass arrests netting Italian communists and socialists.

Bombing suspects Fabio De Felice and Maurizio Giorgi--having ties to P2, Italian military intelligence agency SISMI and the far right--were acquitted for lack of evidence by a Bologna court on July 18, 1990, ten years after the crime.

Today Bologna remembers the victims of this unpunished cruel and indescriminate bombing.

Image galleries at La Repubblica and Corriere della Sera.

7 Comments:

Blogger raf* said...

ya nur-

protest against what?

--raf*

6:53 AM  
Blogger raf* said...

GLADIO wasn't just some "cell" - it was the italian part of a NATO-wide rightwing paramilitary network.

--raf*

8:02 AM  
Blogger Postman said...

A timely reminder and appearing to be increasingly appropriate - we have an Italian Connection so far.

Paradoxically we have anew generation who cannot believe that this sort of right wing plot could even exist , never mind undertake such a scheme.

I vividly remember photographs of the shiny marble floor strewn with body bits and blood.

12:09 PM  
Anonymous Mark from Ireland said...

I know - that's the weird thing. Tell them about it and they look at you as if you've just transmogrified into the swamp thing.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Mark from ireland said...

Oops before I log off. Casualties.org listed the 2000th American service fatality today.

1:13 PM  
Anonymous Mark from Ireland said...

Another journalist killed in Iraq:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,1280,-5187330,00.html

11:06 AM  
Blogger Traveller said...

More on American intelligence operations in Italy here.

6:14 AM  

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