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(en) Italy, .Sicilia Libertaria: The bridge over the Strait like the Muos of Niscemi and Sigonella - Antonio Mazzeo and Luigi Sturniolo (ca, de, it, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Sun, 29 Jan 2023 09:02:44 +0200

Lucio Caracciolo's point of view on the bridge over the Strait doesn't even try to camouflage it. He spoke about it in a piece written for La Stampa last December 7th. For him, the arguments, and the clashes, on the engineering, economic and environmental aspects of the crossing infrastructure are secondary. What matters is its strategic, geopolitical, military value. For this reason, the bridge over the Strait is assimilated to the Muos di Niscemi, the new satellite telecommunications system of the US Navy to govern the global conflicts of the 21st century, "without forgetting the structures of Sigonella and Pantelleria". Because what matters is the strategic value of Sicily, its location in an area that Limes calls Chaosland, in the "enlarged" Mediterranean which has once again become central for trade flows from the East and for political, military, economy of China, Russia and Turkey.

Limes had already insisted on other occasions on this issue. Just a year ago the geopolitical magazine, whose editors have been permanently on national TV channels since the outbreak of the war between Russia and Ukraine, had published a special issue on Sicily. "Italy without Sicily does not exist", this was the argument. For this reason Sicily cannot "drown" in the Mediterranean. And in the piece published in La Stampa Caracciolo is explicit up to the caption. "If you don't want to understand, Sicily is the Frontier and without the defense of the Frontier the States perish", he seems to say, because from the Strait of Sicily (as those of Limes call the Strait of Sicily to underline the small distance that separates the Island from Africa) passes the main migratory route, because the Chinese silk road passes through there, because "the Turks and Russians of Wagner are quartered on the African side of the Strait", because that stretch of sea is crossed by the transcontinental submarine cables of the Net.

Caracciolo reminds us that Sicily was the site of invasion at the end of the Second World War. That time the invaders were the "American liberators" and we got away with it, but who could be the new invader this time? This is why Italy (but at this point why not Europe or the West?) without Sicily does not exist. Because Sicily must be the military platform in the Mediterranean, the defense of the West from the armies of the Brutes or the Extranei. We are the Barrier built to defend. This is our destiny. Lucio Caracciolo goes so far as to complain about the scarce military presence in the area "and to hope for a" more incisive presence of the Navy and the other Armed Forces in the waters "of what he insists on calling the" our sea ". The umpteenth ode to militarism and rearmament to which mainstream analysts have accustomed us in the last year of fratricidal war in Ukraine. Hypocritical narration of a "defenseless island" when the devastating and invasive militarization process that has invested every corner of Sicily and its smaller islands and the abnormal US presence in the naval air station of Sigonella, "world capital of drones". This is why the bridge serves, for Caracciolo: for security, to stabilize the border areas and to militarily connect Italy, Europe, the West to Sicily, not vice versa.

In the past we had already invited to look at the risks that the bridge brought with it also from this point of view. They had looked at us a little perplexed. The bridge would put us in danger, it would be the driving force behind a further strong militarization and a more suffocating control of the territory precisely because it is a natural strategic objective in the event of a conflict. Here we are served. Lucio Caracciolo throws it in our faces without even preparing us with words of circumstance. And to those who think that with the bridge their children would no longer emigrate we could advise them to enlist them, who perhaps would find jobs there.

What is incredible is that the return of the Mediterranean as a central place and the importance of Sicily due to its geographical location must necessarily be declined from the point of view of war. Sicily, which in the old maps appeared more extensive than it was precisely due to the importance it assumed in world trade, the Sicily always told by travellers, must it be a war platform? And why, instead, could it not be a platform for peace? Why couldn't the inhabitants of the island take "advantage" from the appearance of their land on a growing African continent? Why can't we think of growing together with African populations who work, travel, raise their families, socialize and transfer resources and knowledge? Our No to the bridge is also this. A No to the logic of war, to the militarization of the territories and the sea, to the armed walls erected between North and South. It is our strong Yes, for Peace, Disarmament and Justice among Peoples.

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