Germany is an industrial and economic power that dwarfs Italy. France is still a bigger country with more people and more resources. The value of the Euro is propped up by the old Deutschmark and certainly not the Italian lira. Germany is free to take whatever stance on Iraq that they please and just because the Americans may not agree makes no difference. It’s called autonomy – you have it and other Western nations have it and they would certainly like to keep it that way. I don’t know why it is so hard for the US to understand this. This country is not always right and should not expect other nations to just agree de facto.
By the way – it was just a joke.