Sunday, August 20, 2006

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Short memory..

In italy the Centre-left coalition won the elections in April, and the new PM, Romano Prodi, has appointed the former leader of the once-called Italian Communist Party, Massimo D'Alema, Secretary of State. Less than 4 months have passed since he sat on that chair, and he's now facing with a word that would remind him of what happened when he was PM in italy, in 1999: the war.
In 1999, he received lots of criticisms for his acting on Kosovo, mainly because, by making Italy enter in war against former Yugoslavia, he would have not respected the italian constitution letter, namely in the article that cites "Italy repudiates war as an instrument offending the liberty of the peoples and as a means for settling international disputes", since he was going to enter a war without UN consensus.
Now, putting apart the stuff regarding the ethical considerations, there's something unclear to me on the amount of criticisms he suffered (and that he's most likely going to suffer again, with Italian troops in Lebanon): the vast majority of these criticisms came (and i'll bet they will come) from people who, not more than 30 years ago, were in groups theorizing violence/war as a necessary mean to solve class conflicts:
Nessuno o tutti, o tutto o niente, e solo insieme che dobbiamo lottare, i fucili o le catene: questa è la scelta che ci resta da fare. Compagni, avanti per il Partito, contro lo Stato lotta armata sarà (anthem of Potere Operaio)

E’ necessario prepararsi e preparare il movimento a uno scontro generalizzato, con un programma politico che ha come avversario lo stato e che ha come strumento l’esercizio della violenza rivoluzionaria, di massa e di avanguardia (document of the Lotta Continua group).

Paolo Cento, Marco Rizzo, Marco Boato, Francesco Pardi, don't you guys feel like ex-hardsmokers blaming a smoker for his conduct?

Friday, August 04, 2006

{T,C}ow Bells

Imagine the most famous mountain place, and imagine several tourists (let's say, two millions a year) infesting the peaceful lands where some thousands of cows are used to graze. I've always thought that if there's a 'victim' in the relation, those should be the cows. No way!! A hotel manager has requested a shepherd to remove the cow bells 'cause they make tourists run away...
I'm now waiting for divers asking fishers to remove sea curls or clams, or hunters removing trees (otherwise it's difficult to hit birds..). But is that a farsighted way?