Civilian forces or armed protection?

(To Nicolò Manca)

The sulcus of the dual-use traced by the plow-Trenta today it is defended by many swords, not only political but also military. It is true that paraphrasing a historic slogan it can be said that "where there is an emergency there is an army", but in a Machiavellian political perspective, it is preferred to reverse the relationship of terms and pass the message "where there is an army it is emergency ”, because it is the very presence of the uniform that establishes the official nature of the emergency and justifies the use of extraordinary measures.

Destined to remain in the annals of dual-use is the surreal image of the couple in camouflage who, gun in hand, patrol a beach frequented by bathers on vacation. Equally emblematic is the image of the epic emergency labor carried out by two men in camouflage who, under the watchful eye of a carabiniere, unload a stock of banquets from a truck with wheels destined for scrapping even before they are used. An undertaking that obviously could not be completed either by the school staff assigned to the labor force or by a team of the 300.000 army under the Civil Protection, much less by a tiny handful of legions that receive citizenship income (about one million and three hundred thousand unemployed). No! It is enough to call into question the army and you will find who answers the flight "sir", and that's it.

The prodigality of the political top in offering the assistance of the armed forces at every push, however, risks making the military instrument appear as the unwitting pawn of political staging and sometimes impromptu initiatives, often the cause of waste of public money.

The latest declared willingness to contribute to the general vaccination of the country "operating 24 hours" contrasts with a context characterized by the severe shortage of raw materials, vaccines, and the availability of unused "primroses" wanted by former Commissioner Arcuri.

Recalling a disconsolate report sent by the commander of the Bourbon artillery to King Franceschiello: "Majesty, nun putimm shoot, first sin nun tenimm cannons", today we could reply: "Mr. Minister, we cannot vaccinate 24 hours, first because there are no vaccines". All without detracting from the contribution of the armed forces in the distribution of vaccines, if and when available, and in carrying out swabs to be added to the hundreds of millions of swabs carried out in public and private facilities and now even in supermarkets.

The onerous duplication of existing but unused structures has involved the armed forces several times, a waste that could be contained if the "political" demands were contrasted with an appropriate "military" filter. It is certain that the extraordinary competition of the Armed Forces has now become a completely ordinary competence: in addition to fires, earthquakes, floods, waste, control of sensitive points and centers for immigrants, bridges to be demolished or built, etc., it has been a burden for some time. on the army the permanent commitment of 7000 men for the “safe roads” mission, to which is added the large number of men and means to operate indefinitely for the covid 19 operation.

Where a structure of the state manifests a flaw or a deficiency, it falls back on the armed forces, normally the object of disinterest if not mockery by the political class which does not seem to care that the military has enlisted to be soldiers and not to steal the profession to operators in other sectors.

The undoubted understanding that for years has linked political leaders and military leaders is perhaps at the basis of the adjustment of the attention of these to the political interests of those, and all this translates into a secluded and uncritical attitude on the part of the military.

The unanimous silence of the defense leaders is surprising even in the face of shameful demonstrations such as those that have seen the Tricolor and the religious sentiments of the majority of Italians offend, using state TV. All this stems from the consolidated tradition of placing at the top of the armed forces figures who have gained a certain experience in the ministerial rooms of power, conditio sine qua non which limits the danger of critical attitudes e guarantees from head shots to "General Pierre de Villiers", the French chief of staff who, having entered a collision course with Macron, resigned from office in July 2017, giving a kick, incidentally, to one salary that even for the French chiefs of staff is higher than that of the president of the United States. Basically a real Hara-kiri economic worthy of admiration.

As things stand, nothing suggests backlash or trauma in the Roman rooms, but it would be desirable that at least a cry of pain would rise in defense of the vilified Tricolor which, thank God, still occupies the place of honor in our barracks, with good peace of full-time pro-Europeans, both those in plain clothes and those in uniform.

With the hope that the barracks, escaping from the prevailing fashion, will not become "green" in all respects and, why not?, They will be employed by the prestigious newborn "Ministry for the ecological transition". It should be noted that these issues fully monopolize the attention of public opinion on Covid 19 and on the role of the armed forces as a permanent and pre-eminent instrument of competition in civil protection, and allow attention to be diverted from the measures adopted by the government in fact of restrictions, of the mistakes made in the management of the pandemic (health guidelines that ended up under the lens of the courtrooms) and even of the Palamara scandal (made public by the “system” of Sallusti-Palamara); all events waiting for someone to strike a shot.

In summary, we are faced with a set of linked facts by virtue of which today in Italy it is considered normal to resort to any restrictions regarding schools, travel, commercial activities, sports activities including skiing in the high mountains and also the recourse to constant employment. stopgap of the armed forces.

The only safe area: no postponement for the Sanremo festival and no initiative to stem illegal immigration. The redde rationem of all this will occur when the national press will continue to speak extensively about the festival and the disputes within the parties and very little about the revival of illegal immigration importing covid 19, of the six million Italians in absolute poverty reported by Istat, of the postponement in October (unlike the festival) of the administrative elections, which will thus be able to take place in the white semester (much to the relief of the Augias-Berlinguer duo who candidly declared on state television that "The election of the President of the Republic entrusted to the center-right would be a disaster").

If in the world ranking drawn up by Reporter Withaut Borders Word Press the Italian press was placed in 41st place, after Ghana, Burkina Faso and Botswana, there must be a reason. As there must have been a reason if the government has constantly ensured generous donations in favor of the print media and television stations, donations labeled by some ill-thinkers as a sort of captatio benevolentiae; a measure which, in any case, has given excellent results both as regards the diffusion of government tissue papers and for the frequent television broadcasting of government personalities.

That said, the future of Italy does not bode well. It is all too evident that the attention of most parliamentarians is focused on the effort not to bring down the government and survive itself, avoiding the danger of early elections, a calamity that would precipitate a large part of an inadequate political class from ' current parliamentary income to that of citizenship.

Photo: Ministry of Defense