Libya: Why does the world treat us like a "banana republic"?

(To Andrea Cucco)
01/08/20

The agency LaPresse yesterday took a statement by the group leader of Forza Italia in the Foreign Commission, Senator Enrico Aimi.

Yesterday afternoon (July 30, ndd) an Italian military plane, a Hercules C-130 coming from Pisa with 40 soldiers on board, called to carry out support operations on site, landed in Misurata at 17.30. However, some soldiers from the Celio and the Julia Brigade were denied permission to land by the Libyan authorities because the entry visa was missing from their passport. A case of unscrupulous "rejection", ridiculous and at the same time humiliating for them and for us. Returned home after a few hours, with the same plane, back to Pisa. The news is unbelievable and shows that internationally our country no longer matters. Let's try to imagine what would have happened if an "accident" of this type had involved the American Marines who arrived in any friendly country. While in fact thousands of illegal immigrants arrive from the same coasts at an increasingly fast pace and end up financing human traffickers, from Libya they require us to go back to where we came from. It is shameful that international respect is no longer due. Now they are making fun of us. If we had a modicum of dignity we would have to start countering the arrival of illegal immigrants, who are not only visa-free, but also with identity documents. This gesture mocks Italy and legitimizes the world to treat us as a "Banana Republic". I will present a question to the relevant ministers to ask for clarification. The government has a duty to immediately give explanations on this unacceptable story.

The harsh words of Senator Aimi may seem impeccable and justified, however, in asking for clarification, we hope to reconsider some "hot" evaluations. This is for the following reasons:

  1. the humiliation of our military in Libya has continued uninterrupted for years and certainly does not need this latest episode to be highlighted;

  2. our country counts less than nothing internationally for decades, not now;

  3. you don't have to bother the American Marines, just consider any Turkish soldier to understand which threatening figure appears in the mind of a measuring spoon when he wants to test a foreigner;

  4. the Libyans are the last of a very long list to "make fun of us", only that we always pretend not to see him and at home we tell the usual super-brushes;

  5. illegal immigrants arrive because core business and blackmail tool of the Libyan faction we have chosen, that of Tripoli, not by chance;

  6. is he really sure he wants to unleash the fearsome government reprisals by the prime minister or foreign minister to wash the shame?

In our opinion, the military did well to be teased and to return to Pisa. The applause therefore goes to those responsible in Libya: General Fronda (commander of the bilateral Mission of assistance and support in Libya) and Colonel Tinelli (commander of the Hippocratic Task Force). The day we have politicians in government who care about peace and not an endless agony to observe helpless or - worse - accomplices, then they can be soldiers and seriously help to end the conflict. For now there is no need to make "masculine" decisions that could also involve stabbing (to say the least ...) behind.

As the Afghan ambassador to Rome told me during an interview nine years ago: “War is abuse, violence and abuse. The best thing you can do is win it. To stop it! ". We in Libya do not fight, do not see and probably do not even understand what is happening. And in doing so we act paradoxically as warmongers.

Perhaps it is time for someone to have the courage to admit the most honest and banal answer to the usual question: why does the world treat us as a "Republic of bananas"?

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