EN -- Manlio Dinucci -- The Art of War -- Seventy years of servility to the US and NATO
Art of War
Seventy years of servility
to the US and NATO
Luigi Di Maio: «If
anyone should think about disengaging Italy from the West and the NATO
countries, who are our historicalallies,
they will always find me opposed to the idea. Italy, and especially the 5 Star
Movement, has never said that it intends to separate from our historical
This declaration by
thePrime Ministerial candidate (on La7 TV, 16 April) raises a basic question
that goes beyond the current political debate. What is the assessment of
Italy's seventy years of bonding with its "historical allies"?
In 1949, with the 5th
De Gasperi Government (Christian Democracy - Pli - Psli - Pri), Italy became a
NATO member under US command. Subsequently, in accordance with the secret
agreements signed by De Gasperi in Washington in 1947, the deployment in Italy
of US bases and forces began, with about 700 nuclear weapons.
For 40 years, in
keeping with USA/NATO strategy, Italy was in the front line confronting the
USSR and the Warsaw Pact. In case of war, Italy could be sacrificed (the US also kept atomic demolition mines
ready on our territory).
The end of the Cold
War, with the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact and the USSR in 1991, opened, for
Italy, not a period of peace, but a continuous series of wars in the wake of
its main "historical
In 1991, with the 6th
Andreotti Government (DC - Psi - Psdi - Pri - Pli), the Italian Republic
participated in its first war under US command - the Gulf War - in violation of
Article 11 of its Constitution,
In 1999, with the
D'Alema Government (Ulivo - Pdci - U-deur), Italy played a fundamental role,
with its bases and its fighter bombers, in the NATO war against Yugoslavia.
In 2003, with the 2nd
Berlusconi Government (Forza Italia - AN - LN - Ccd-Cdu), Italy began its
participation (currently in its fifteenth year) in the US / NATO war in
Also in 2003, with
the same government, it participated in the invasion of Iraq by the US-led coalition.
In 2011, with the 4th
Berlusconi Government (PdL, LN, MpA), Italy played an essential role in the
NATO war against Libya, in which it participated with 7 air bases, fighter
bombers and warships.
In 2014-2018, with
the Renzi Government (Democratic Party, NCD, SC, UCD) and the Gentiloni
Government (same coalition), Italy participated in the US/NATO escalation
against Russia, by deploying troops in Latvia and jet fighters in Estonia.
At the same time,
these and other governments ceded our national territory to the Pentagon, which
uses Italy as its bridge and flight deck to launch military operations over a
wide geographical area.
The US Naval Forces
Europe-Africa Command in Naples-Capodichino, led by the same US admiral who
commands the Allied Joint Force Command Naples in Lago Patria, covers half of the Atlantic Ocean, the seas
bordering Europe and Russia, and almost the whole of Africa.
The US bases in
Aviano, Vicenza, Camp Darby, Gaeta, Sigonella, and the MUOS ground station in
Niscemi are used to carry out military operations in the Middle East, Africa
and Eastern Europe.
Italy has direct ties
to the US and to NATO, in which the US has maintained the leading position of
Supreme Allied Commander Europe and all the other key commands since 1949.
Italy is thus deprived of sovereign power in its own foreign policy.
The new nuclear bombs
(B61-12) that the United States intend to deploy in Italy by 2020 will expose
us to even greater risks. Luigi Di Maio signed the ICAN Parliamentary Pledge
engaging Italy's observance of the UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear
Weapons, in other words removing US nuclear weapons from Italy. Will he keep
the pledge or break it so as not to "disengage Italy" from its main