For 70 years, they shilled for the USSR, especially under Stalin and Brezhnev. They sought to overthrow Western European democracies, and applauded when the internal commie parties successfully uprooted (with Stalin's help) Eastern European governments in the late 1940s. Now, they are supporting terrorists in Iraq against the US:
far-left groups in western Europe are carrying on a campaign dubbed Ten Euros for the Resistance, offering aid and comfort to the car bombers, kidnappers, and snipers trying to destabilize the fledgling Iraq government. In the words of one Italian website, Iraq Libero (Free Iraq), the funds are meant for those fighting the occupanti imperialisti. The groups are an odd collection, made up largely of Marxists and Maoists, sprinkled with an array of Arab emigres and aging, old-school fascists, according to Lorenzo Vidino, an analyst on European terrorism based at The Investigative Project in Washington, D.C. "It's the old anticapitalist, anti-U.S., anti-Israel crowd," says Vidino, who has been to their gatherings, where he saw activists from Austria, Denmark, Germany, and Italy. "The glue that binds them together is anti-Americanism." The groups are working on an October conference to further support "the Iraqi Resistance." A key goal is to expand backing for the insurgents from the fringe left to the broader antiwar and antiglobalization movements.
Showing why my forefathers were smart to leave the old country: the two main leftist amalgams helping the terrorists are based in Italy, which has had the strongest Communist party in Western Europe since the end of WWII (even stronger than France's).
Thankfully, there are questions about the effectiveness of these dopes:
But some funds may be buying more deadly stuff; one leader boasted to Vidino that the campaign will send "everything it takes" for the resistance to win, including weaponry. Neither Iraq Libero nor Campo Antiimperialista responded to questions from U.S. News about where their funds end up. The groups' impact, though, may ultimately be limited. "They have a pretty big following, but we're not talking about big money," says Vidino. At one conference, he notes, many militants looked so ragged he doubted they even had 10 euros in their pockets.
Italy should be more concerned about these terrorist sympathizers in their own country than about the alleged help the CIA gave in transporting a terrorist out of Italy and to jail in Egypt.