We are heading back to Italy next week. Our friends there have not told us of any unusual safety issues. Just wondering if any of you who are in Italy have seen any fallout from the horrible events transpiring now in Israel?
Likewise got home yesterday after flight from Rome to DC. Thought there would be added airport security, but nothing evident.
We were in Italy in 1986 when the US bombed Libya and there were armored personnel carriers around the embassy, the downtown McDonalds (!!), and the American Express office. At the airport that year, all passengers with Arabic country passports were taken to a different processing line and all the bags for the rest of us were opened and emptied as part of the preboarding process. Times change....
Thank you Cheryl, and indeed I'll also very much the echo your feeling of upset/anger at politicians / activists who prosper and profit from conflict, and huge sympathy for civilians whose lives are blighted by the actions of those that seek war/conflict. I cannot support either side's aggression, but instead feel sadness and sympathy for the civilians on either side of the divide.OK, this is a tough one because once we take a side we have made someone who is just human like we are, the bad guy. The only "bad guys" in any war are the leaders who have their own agendas which have little to do with the people of their country. As a Jew, I must say that there are NO sides for me. We all have the same feelings, suffer the same injustices, celebrate the same, want the same things for our loved ones. As a student of "religious" studies I will never be rid of the appalling sense of shame in which we use it (religiosity) to terrorize one another. I do agree with what Ian said and thank him for articulating it so well.
As for travel in Italy, what Ian said about small towns, etc., is what I saw when I was there a few weeks ago. Life does go on if one is not in the center of the battle. Staying safe means not engaging in most cases if there are protests, etc.
I wish us all well, safe travels and solutions or acceptance for our differences.
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