27 August, 2010
On Sunday he'll be back, this time bringing, as well as his tent, 30 thoroughbred horses. Colonel Francesco Ferace, of the 4th Regiment of horseriding carabinieri, has been in frantic discussions with the Libyan Embassy over their dietary requirements (no wine, I expect, Francesco, the Colonel will already have converted the horses to Islam). The horses will make a display to celebrate the second anniverasry of the signing of the Treaty of Friendship between Italy and Libya.
I suspect Ghadaffi comes here because the Italian love of ceremony coincides with his own; whatever, it's great theatre.