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Exhibit A - Media Bias

Three ancient Roman virtues for today

Letter to the Editor, Financial Times, August 20, 2008

Sir, With reference to your report “Italian troops an arresting tourist attraction” (August 18): the professional military vigilance of the Italian soldiers stationed in Rome's exclusive Parioli quarter calls to mind the ancient Roman virtues of pietas (dutiful loyalty); gravitas (a profound civic, political and religious seriousness); and auctoritas (the respect owed to successful leaders in war and peace).

Indeed, these characteristics are echoed in Virgil's Aeneid when Mercury exhorts Aeneas to found a new and powerful country to the west and fulfil his duty to his son:

“You owe him Italy's realm, the land of Rome.”

And when Juno – patron goddess of Roma Aeterna – makes a request of Jupiter, she presages a pivotal turning point in western civilisation known as the Pax Romana:

“Let Latium endure. Let Alban kings hold sway for all time. Let Roman stock grow strong with Italian strength.”

Rosario A. Iaconis, Vice-Chairman, The Italic Institute of America, Mineola, NY, US

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