Heartening to read the news that the mayor of Rome snubbed Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz Sunday, canceling their scheduled meeting after Aziz refused to answer a question from an Israeli journalist at a meeting of the Foreign Press Club.

Veltroni is a member of the Democrats of the Left party who are opposed to military action against Saddam but he, unlike some in the British anti-war movement, has managed to maintain standards of decency.