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(en) Italy, Sicilia Libertaria: Editorial - Anti-militarist relaunch (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Wed, 25 Oct 2023 09:21:42 +0300

While the situation on the ground in Ukraine drags on badly, and the stalemate seems to increase the possibility of an armed peace agreement, the fibrillations in the West do not slow down at all and the war with its various related elements inspires and guides the policies of the countries of the the EU, brought into line by the USA in the new NATO. In an increasingly brazen manner, essential sectors such as health and education are being cut to ensure continuous rearmament, while the inability to manage the many environmental and climate disasters that afflict the country from North to South emerges. If it weren't for the volunteers , the official bodies of the State (Civil Protection, Fire Brigade, army) would literally be in the shitter, despite the self-sacrifice and efforts of many individuals. The State purchases, manufactures and trades in increasingly sophisticated warplanes, then the insufficiency of the Canadairs explodes to put out the fire fronts that destroy neglected or depopulated and abandoned territories.

Faced with all this, it may seem crazy that movements scattered across Italy are organizing themselves to fight militarist madness. In fact, it takes clear madness to decide to dedicate energy and perhaps one's life to opposing the true destructive madness of capital, for which war has always represented an outlet for one's difficulties and an opportunity for business expansion (which also translates increasing the phantom GDP for the States).

This summer too, the opportunities have increased in the areas affected by militarization projects; the first campsite took place in Coltano (Pisa) at the end of July, attended by representatives of various national realities; the traditional campsite of the NO MUOS Movement took place in Niscemi, the report of which can be read on page. 2; other events on more specific topics took place in Italy and abroad, with an internationalist spirit.

These were moments of debate, reflection and discussion on ways to make the struggles more incisive and develop paths of unity. Two important national deadlines have emerged: October 21st (the day after the general strike promoted by grassroots unions), a day of mobilization that will see demonstrations in Tuscany, Sicily and other places, and November 4th, Armed Forces Day , chosen as the date for a protest on militarist interference in the field of education and research. But autumn already presents other important events, such as the one on November 18th in Turin against Aerospace, the military aerospace fair.

The military question has also forcefully entered into the discussion of the Strait Bridge; NATO military sources have in fact declared that the infrastructure will be indispensable for the movement of land vehicles in Sicily in order to strengthen the military projection of the island in the Mediterranean. Even if this would entail at least another 7 billion in costs to equip the bridge - a very sensitive objective - with defense weapons, such as anti-missile batteries. The question was also posed at the No Ponte campsite in mid-August and could not fail to emerge in the procession on 12 August in Messina, characterized by great popular participation the likes of which had not been seen for years. The city (but also Sicily and Calabria) raises its head against the mega big hoax that sells a mega destructive work of countries and environments, good only for the mafias and political cliques.

But the militaristic frenzy always focuses on Sigonella, where the "Poseidon" patrol boats are being armed; the first was armed on 6 June with 4 AGM-84D "Harpoon" anti-ship missiles (range 120 km) with the aim of strengthening the armed presence in the Mediterranean and Black Sea. From patrol vehicles to killer planes ready to intervene. We remember that on 15 April 2022 it was a "Poseidon" departing from Sigonella that played a central role in the sinking of the flagship of the Russian Navy "Moskva".

Not just Sigonella. The matter of the training range for the Aosta Brigade, which remained entangled due to the opposition of the populations and administrations of the three municipalities involved, should not yet be considered closed, and we expect new developments in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the President of the Defense Commission of the Chamber Nino Minardo, a Sicilian from Modica, announces that the former Fiat plant in Termini Imerese could soon become the factory for the German Leopard 2 tanks, which Italy currently purchases from Germany (latest expense: approximately 6 billion). The builders of death would take advantage of the incentives for the SEZ areas (special economy zones), a nice gift in the form of tax relief, which the Sicilians would obviously pay.

If war is increasingly central; it is anti-militarism that is central, and we must continue to commit ourselves to keeping it alive by increasingly involving the territories directly subject to its bullying, but also the entire population, who pays in terms of cuts to essential services, conditioning of education, subtraction of territories, or of condemnation, in the Sicilian case, to increasingly act as an aggressive outpost in the Mediterranean.

And if every now and then a bit of the stench of hegemonism emerges in the movements (an old vice of political groupings that claim to have the truth and impose it), we must have the political ability to tamp it down and extinguish it, to prevent it from spreading its poisonous art of division. .

The fight for freedom from every war is too important to confine it to sterile backyard battles. The NO MUOS Movement has a huge responsibility in this today.

Pippo Gurrieri

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