It seems Luca Marchio, a 33 year old native of Como, Italy, is perhaps the first Western tourist in Iraq since the start of the war. It wasn’t an easy trip to get there either. Marchio went from Italy to Egypt, then to Turkey, and from there to Kurdistan on a 10-day visa and then took a taxi 200 miles to Baghdad. After spending an afternoon touring the sites of Baghdad by taxi, the next morning he took a public bus 40 miles west to Fallujah. I am a tourist. I want to see the most important cities in the country, Marchio told a journalist as to why he was in Falluja. But fearing for his safety after spotting him on a bus, Falluja police called in the American marines, the Italian Embassy and then held him overnight for his safety. The flummoxed Italian Embassy in Baghdad explained to him that it was not safe to move around in Iraq. He is a little bit naïve, said the deputy chief of the Italian mission in Baghdad.
Category : Iraq
Let the wife of the Vice President, Lynne Cheney, take you on a tour of the art on the walls of the Vice President’s residence. The living room is dominated by a wonderful painting by Helen Frankenthaler– and it’s called Lush Spring… and the colors are just so wonderful… the greens just pop out, notes Mrs. Cheney. Moving to the library she describes a carved ship made by French prisoners during the Napoleonic period and it’s carved from animal bone. I think that prisoner condition in that era were pretty awful and people did this incredibly intricate work in order to earn just a little bit of money and they would then sell the ship so they could maybe buy a little extra food.
More US soldiers have died in Iraq than died in the first three years of the Vietnam War. Startling, but true it seems. There were 392 fatal casualties in 1962, ‘63 and ‘64 in Vietnam. The current US deathtoll in Iraq is up to 418 today– which includes the 2 Black Hawks shot down this weekend.