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Dear Italy, It’s Me Again

Jill Garvey • Aug 03, 2008

Dear Italy,

America here. We need to talk. You’re probably sick of hearing from me, but trust me this is for your own good. I heard you went back to Berlusconi. I know you’ve had problems before with letting him back into your life, but I thought that was all over with. This guy is seriously bad news - can’t you see he doesn’t love you for who you are?! He’s as slippery as a snake and you’re a fool to trust him.

I know what you’re going to say – I’ve had my problems with men as well. I admit I’ve made mistakes, but “you know who” is about to be out of my life for good and I think I’ve finally got someone who really cares. He’s showing me all the things I have to be hopeful for, and change is possible. You too can change - I believe in you!

Then there’s this business of criminalizing your immigrants, and even your own children. Deep down inside you’re warm and loving, and yet you allow yourself to be controlled by fear-mongering men. Don’t you know when you allow these things to happen all anyone can see of you is hate? Again, I realize I haven’t set the best example, but I’m trying to work out my issues (and boy are they deep). I believe I can do better; we can both do better.

Italy, the truth is, you’re breaking my heart. I feel like you’re a part of me and I don’t want to lose you. Please think about what I’ve said, only you can prevent more tragedies.



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