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Volcana
Oct 2nd, 2004, 05:22 AM
This woman wasn't held captive long enough for this to be 'Stockholm Syndrome'. Are there any word of these comments in Italians newspapers? It's too good a story not to post, but I'd like to know what the Italian papers are saying. The article quote her remarks in a newspaper called 'Corriere della Sera', if that's any help.

http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/487181C1-5560-4188-88B2-545CF869D625.htm

Freed Italian backs Iraqi resistance


An Italian aid worker in Iraq held captive and subsequently freed has said guerrillas there were right to fight US-led forces and their Iraqi "puppet government".

Friday 01 October 2004, 15:57 Makka Time, 12:57 GMT



http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/rdonlyres/487181C1-5560-4188-88B2-545CF869D625/50511/7E7DA560E0BA4C8EA31D957769E3D28F.jpg (http://<img%20src=/)Torretta lived in Iraq before, during and after the US invasion


In comments that were bound to annoy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's government, Simona Torretta also called on Rome to withdraw the troops it sent to Iraq to support its US ally.








"I said it before the kidnapping and I repeat it today," she told Corriere della Sera newspaper in an interview published on Friday.







"You have to distinguish between terrorism and resistance. The guerrilla war is justified, but I am against the kidnapping of civilians."







Torretta and her Italian colleague Simona Pari, both of them 29, were freed on Tuesday, three weeks after being snatched from their Baghdad office.







Puppet







Berlusconi has brushed aside widespread reports that his government paid a ransom of up to $1 million.







"The guerrilla war is justified, but I am against the kidnapping of civilians"

Describing the administration of Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi as "a puppet government in the hands of the Americans", Torretta said elections planned for January would have no legitimacy: "During my days in detention ... I came to the conclusion it will take decades to put Iraq back on its feet."








Torretta, who lived in Iraq before, during and after the US-led invasion, said she wanted to return despite her ordeal - but would not do so as long as US troops were there: "I've got to wait until the end of the US occupation," she said.







She said she did not know whether Italy bought her freedom from the captors: "If a ransom was paid then I am very sorry. But I know nothing about it ... I believe that (the captors) were a very political, religious group and that in the end they were convinced that we were not enemies."

ys
Oct 2nd, 2004, 05:36 AM
"The guerrilla war is justified, but I am against the kidnapping of civilians"



You mean, that besides those bad guerillas that kidnapped her she also met some good guerillas?

bw2082
Oct 2nd, 2004, 05:42 AM
send her back

Martian Willow
Oct 2nd, 2004, 11:04 AM
Like to know what sort of government she thinks Iraq would have if the Americans weren't there.

flyingmachine
Oct 2nd, 2004, 11:47 AM
:eek:
I think she will back in Iraq very soon. ;)

Tratree
Oct 2nd, 2004, 04:13 PM
I read somewhere that they said they were treated nicely. Honey, kidnapping you for ransom, not so nice. There are no bonus points for being nice in my book. She's lucky to be alive.

Volcana
Oct 2nd, 2004, 07:22 PM
Like to know what sort of government she thinks Iraq would have if the Americans weren't there.She lived there before the Americans invaded and occupied the place, so she certainly KNOWS what sort of government they had BEFORE the Americans were there. I'd like to know her opinion of THAT government. I can't imagine that I'D voluntarily go live under the rule of Saddam Hussein.

Kart
Oct 3rd, 2004, 12:46 AM
She said she did not know whether Italy bought her freedom from the captors: "If a ransom was paid then I am very sorry. But I know nothing about it ... I believe that (the captors) were a very political, religious group and that in the end they were convinced that we were not enemies."

So does that mean she would rather no ransom was paid and she was still in captivity ? :confused:

Either way, I find her comments about wanting to go back bizarre to say the least.