Italy is one of the least prosperous nations on earth. And the Italian fighting man is probably second to all. And that?s exactly why my country is doing so well in this war while your country is doing so poorly.? Nately guffawed with surprise...?But Italy was occupied by the Germans and is now being occupied by us. You don?t call that doing very well, do you?? ?But of course I do.? exclaimed the old man cheerfully. ?The Germans are being driven out, and we are still here. In a few years you will be gone, too, and we will still be here. You see, Italy is really a very poor and weak country, and that?s what makes us so strong. Italian soldiers are not dying any more. But American and German soldiers are. I call that doing extremely well.