"Claim with pride" or be ashamed with humility

(To Nicolò Manca)

Those responsible for the not exciting national policy, made more gloomy by the gloomy economic prospects, recently pretended or at least emphasized a leap of pride when the Court of Justice of the International Court of The Hague ruled that the judicial jurisdiction over the affair that on February 15 of 2012 involved the fusiliers of the navy Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone belongs to Italy and not to India. Anyone who remembers the chronicle of those days, which reported compensation already paid to the "injured parties" (and accepted by them), considers the corollary of recommendations unnecessary for the "injured party to be compensated on the basis of direct agreements between Italy and India" , a corollary which, however, sounds like a wake-up call for the reasons mentioned below.

As soon as news of the Hague ruling was heard, the national leaders "proudly claimed this victory": from the head of state to that of the government, from the foreign minister to the defense minister to the military summits, and thanks for the predecessors (including Bonino, then foreign minister notoriously unfavorable to the military world) that over the years "committed themselves strenuously to this tough battle".

"Fuck, mister lieutenant", impossible to pretend not to hear this unparalleled exclamation of admired wonder as an old najone hovering in the air. But immediately after that same najone adds: “But are we sure that even two British or French or American or Israeli or German or Russian or Turkish soldiers and so on and on and on and on and on would have suffered the same process reserved for Maximilian and Salvatore? And that is: delivery and subsequent return to the Indian authorities, arrest and detention, or pseudo-such, in India and subsequent waiting for eight years to feel ... finally free? No! To be tried in Italy on a charge of voluntary murder for having done his duty by obeying the order, questionable or questionable for anyone but not for a soldier, to defend a merchant ship flying the Italian flag from piracy ".

Here then that the najone in question has a start and instead of joining the chorus of the "claimants with pride" passes into the group of those who are a little ashamed. He is also a bit ashamed because he remembers the words with which on May 3, 2013 the writer motivated the return to the Government of the Republic of the honors as commander and knight ..."As a sign of protest for the lack of courage and pride followed by the Italian government in the affair that involved the two marines ...". In our najone, in fact, the belief that another country is rooted he would not have left two of his soldiers in the hands of the Indians, but would have brought them home immediately, delegating the task of unraveling the skein to diplomacy and the judiciary.

Precisely this reference to the judiciary, however, triggers another element of perplexity in the nation linked to a specific question: why a similar surge in pride was not demonstrated by the political class when another international body, the Supreme Court for Human Rights in Strasbourg , ruled that the conviction for fraud issued in 2013 against the head of the government Berlusconi was a frame warped "very high", to use an expression of tried and tested political hypocrisy adopted for some time, to condition life illegally and in contempt of the Constitution politics of Italy? For this second sentence no "claim with pride", indeed, a smoke screen at the limit of censorship, as for any other news not functional to the glorification of the political class.

And so the news on the state of the art of illegal immigration and its consequences in the field of public order and health situation, on the statistical data of our catastrophic economic situation and on the release of the approximately 500, disappear in the fog of an ill-concealed disinterest. convicted of mafia which is mentioned less than the umpteenth escape of the usual Mesina.

With similar nonchalance ISTAT data on the huge number of unemployed, on the growing population forced to eat meals at the canteens of the caritas and on the army of those (800.000 units!) DO NOT look for a job (perhaps because they find it more convenient to join to the millions of income earners of citizenship or emergency income or other parasitic aid / donation set up by the government?).

The alarm bell mentioned above, which arouses apprehension in our najone, arises from the question: are we sure that the "Stano method" will not be replicated in the process of the two riflemen? Our judiciary, Palamara teaches, has accustomed us to everything, even to the acquittal in criminal cases of a commander, General Stano precisely, who was sent to Iraq with the feel-good order to operate among people-for people-with people, once stumbled upon the three and a half tons of TNT of the Nassiria attack, he was later sentenced, by civil procedure, to compensate the relatives of the 19 victims of the attack. Relatives, mind you, already adequately compensated by the state.

The najone now wonders if the judiciary is not tempted to replicate this method by condemning "civilly" Girone and Latorre to compensate, with the reduction of their respective natural life emoluments during, the "injured party" because of their work.

To the meditation of those who argue that a professional soldier, unlike that of draft, must take into account such an eventuality, one can only propose a passage from the Bhagavad Gita, the sacred Hindu poem, in which Prince Arjuna so speaks of his warriors: "On the day when the pillars of heaven fell on the day when the foundations of the earth fell, they followed their vocation as mercenaries and received the pay and died". Our najone is led, however, to think that if a professional soldier does not die in the "professional accidents" that can occur especially in missions outside the area, on returning to his homeland he will be able to find a judiciary waiting for him at the gate that will ask him for his work. .

Fearing this prospect our najone is tempted to suggest camaradily to the two riflemen to ask, in addition to the legal patronage, also the assistance of one of the 29 military trade union acronyms born thanks to the work of one of the figures who "have worked strenuously in hard battle ”for the two navy riflemen. The reference is 29 + 1, or to the Thirty, as it is called by those who, not having appreciated the union work, are reluctant to name it. But also for this aspect there are those who think there is something to claim with pride and those who formulate a completely opposite sentence.

This is democracy, beauty! ... or at least what's left of it.