That's amazing about the mace. I had no idea these instruments even existed. Posed side by side with the Steyr, a modern semi-auto pistol, it seems to connect mediaeval Europe with the twentieth century, similar to the animal-like beheadings in Iraq juxtaposed with the AK47. A cruel reminder of the consistant brutality of war.
Off topic, but...
By the way, as an American, kindly allow me to express my thanks for the Italians staying with us in Iraq. Italy, Poland, England, even El Salvador, and other nations have stayed true. Behind the U.S. and Britain, Italy is the 3rd largest contributor of troops, to include, Carabinieri, soldiers, and civilians.
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