Dall’Isis, il Califfato di Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, giungono di continuo racconti e filmati di violenze estreme, inaudite: persone crocifisse, sepolte vive, mutilate, sequestrate e vendute, decapitate a coltellate, torturate a morte, costrette a scavare la propria fossa prima di essere uccise. Una brutalità selvaggia, esibita, compiaciuta ne è diventata il tratto distintivo. Come spiegare tanto spietato e sanguinario accanimento?
«In quel mondo comanda chi uccide», è stato il commento dello studioso statunitense Edward Luttwak durante un’intervista rilasciata a un giornalista italiano. Le atrocità dell’Isis, ha ragione Luttwa, in effetti ci ricordano che esiste un mondo in cui il potere si detiene uccidendo, torturando, abusando di chiunque, anche solo per capriccio; in cui i leader si impongono mostrandosi crudeli e feroci, capaci di seviziare e uccidere, con le loro stesse mani, e di trarne piacere; in cui è convinzione generale che non usa la forza solo chi è impotente e che la grandezza effettiva del potere si dimostra esercitandolo arbitrariamente e con sfrenata violenza. Le vittime sono prima e soprattutto gli avversari, tali per diversità di stirpe, etnia, religione, ma nessuno può e deve sentirsi al sicuro. Tutto sembra dimostrare il vantaggio di schierarsi dalla parte del male, in quel mondo.
A renderlo possibile sono valori e istituzioni antichi, di cui i jihadisti, e non loro soltanto, approfittano per costruire la loro civiltà di morte: valori e istituzioni propri di società arcaiche, composte da linee di discendenza invalicabili che confluiscono in lignaggi, clan, tribù i quali, procedendo da una appartenenza carnale, insostituibile, formano comunità impermeabili, che si consolidano educando all’esclusione degli estranei, alla diffidenza e all’ostilità nei loro confronti. Bisogna essere fedeli a oltranza, se si vuole vivere. Sterminare un’altra comunità è sempre ammesso e può diventare necessario, eroico, se è fatto nell’interesse della propria discendenza. Allora i termini “genocidio”e “pulizia etnica” perdono ogni valenza negativa.
Di “quel mondo” il Califfato non è che un esempio tra tanti. Quasi impallidisce la figura di al-Baghdadi al confronto con tanti leader prima di lui. Idi Amin Dada in Uganda, Ahmed Sekou Touré in Guinea Conakry, Jean-Bédel Bokassa nella Repubblica Centrafricana: sono alcuni dei tiranni che hanno fatto dell’uso ostentato e illimitato della forza uno strumento di potere spinto fino a rasentare la follia. Con il loro comportamento hanno reso persino credibile l’accusa, che è stata rivolta a tutti e tre, di praticare il cannibalismo: a tal punto si pensava che potesse arrivare la loro efferatezza. Può apparire, ed essere, anche espressione di deliri di onnipotenza e di perversioni incontrollate, ma la violenza terrificante, come quella esercitata oggi dall’Isis, è prima di tutto una lucida e calcolata arma per indebolire la determinazione a combattere degli avversari e per sottomettere le popolazioni che vivono nei territori controllati, forzarle al consenso e alla complicità.
I ribelli del Ruf, protagonisti della guerra civile che ha insanguinato la Sierra Leone tra il 1991 e il 2002, sono uno degli esempi più atroci di crudeltà sistematica impiegata con queste intenzioni. Almeno 30.000 sierraleonesi, mutilati, portano impresso sul corpo il loro segno permanente. Il Ruf, a dimostrazione esemplare della propria potenza, amputava infatti mani, piedi, braccia, gambe. Per abituare i bambini soldato a farlo, ricorreva a una sorta di “gioco” in cui la vittima era costretta a scegliere uno dei biglietti raccolti in un berretto o in un cesto, su ognuno dei quali era stato scritto o disegnato il nome di una parte del corpo umano. Quella estratta veniva amputata. Inoltre il Ruf marchiava a fuoco il proprio acronimo sul viso dei bambini, imitato in questo da un altro gruppo armato, il Consiglio rivoluzionario delle forze armate. Marchiatura e mutilazione rientravano in una strategia di “visibilità”: si può immaginare quanto efficace.
In Uganda, dal 1987 al 2005, il movimento antigovernativo l’Lra, Lord Resistance Army, mentre usava migliaia di bambini rapiti come combattenti, portatori, scudi umani e schiavi sessuali, annichiliva la popolazione mantenendola in uno stato costante di paura. Anche l’Lra aveva scelto come mezzo esemplare di punizione, per chi disobbediva e rifiutava di collaborare, la mutilazione di parti del corpo. Nel periodo in cui aveva proibito l’uso della bicicletta nel territorio sotto il suo controllo, a chi trasgrediva venivano amputi piedi e gambe. A chi era sospettato di aver collaborato con le autorità governative riferendo notizie sulle attività e i movimenti dei ribelli, tagliava labbra o orecchie.
In Liberia, durante la prima guerra civile (1989-1995), si è verificato uno degli esempi più agghiaccianti di ostentazione di ferocia. Nel settembre del 1990 il presidente Samuel Doe fu catturato nella capitale Monrovia da Prince Johnson, capo di una delle milizie antigovernative. Johnson ordinò che fosse torturato a morte e volle che il supplizio, durato diverse ore, venisse registrato su nastro: ancora non esisteva Youtube. Il video fu poi riprodotto e fatto circolare: mostra, tra l’altro, lo stesso Johnson intento a bere birra mentre i suoi uomini tagliano un orecchio a Doe ancora vivo.
L’Isis dispone di ben altri mezzi oggi per far sapere al mondo quanto male è disposto infliggere. Immagini e video raccapriccianti invadono il web, riprodotti all’infinito. Trova peraltro conferma quanto l’impiego della violenza estrema, oltre a servire da deterrente, possa costituire un fattore di attrazione. Da quando è alla guida del jihad iracheno, al-Baghdadi ha infatti reclutato almeno 12.000 combattenti, 3.000 dei quali occidentali.
Quando si pensa alla sovrappopolazione, di solito l’Italia, se paragonata all’America centrale e del sud, all’Africa e al Medio Oriente, non viene considerata fra i paesi più popolosi del mondo; anzi, stando ai mass-media l’Italia avrebbe una natalità in costante diminuzione. Niente di più falso.
Stando ai dati dell’Atlante Geografico DeAgostini del 2003 (quindi la popolazione e la densità attuali saranno maggiori):
ITALIA Superficie: 301.338 kmq Popolazione: 57.056.000 ab. Densità: 189 ab./kmq
Ora passerò in rassegna alcuni stati del mondo, tenete d’occhio il rapporto superficie/popolazione e la densità.
AMERICA DEL SUD
ARGENTINA Superficie: 2.780.272 kmq Popolazione: 36.695.000 ab. Densità: 13 ab./kmq
CILE Superficie: 756.096 kmq Popolazione: 15.116.435 ab. Densità: 20 ab./kmq
COLOMBIA Superficie: 1.141.748 kmq Popolazione: 43.616.000 ab. Densità: 38 ab./kmq
L’Italia non avrebbe problemi a passare per una nazione fra le più popolose dell’America Latina.
AMERICA CENTRALE E DEL NORD
MESSICO Superficie: 1.958.201 kmq Popolazione: 101.223.000 ab. Densità: 52 ab./kmq
CANADA Superficie: 9.970.610 kmq Popolazione: 30.277.000 ab. Densità: 3 ab./kmq
Il Messico, che è circa sei volte l’Italia, ha una popolazione poco più del doppio di quella Italiana! Per non parlare del fatto che ci sono più italiani in Italia che canadesi in Canada, tenendo presente che il Canada e circa trentatre volte l’Italia…
CONGO Superficie: 342.000 kmq Popolazione: 3.205.000 ab. Densità: 9 ab./kmq
ETIOPIA Superficie: 1.133.882 kmq Popolazione: 66.039.000 ab. Densità: 58 ab./kmq
MAROCCO Superficie: 458.730 kmq Popolazione: 29.355.000 ab. Densità: 64 ab./kmq
Si parla tanto dell’Africa come se fosse “la regina indiscussa della sovrappopolazione” quando in realtà l’Italia non è da meno, anzi…
VIET NAM Superficie: 331.690 kmq Popolazione: 79.759.000 ab. Densità: 240 ab./kmq
GIAPPONE Superficie: 372.824 kmq Popolazione: 127.435.000 ab. Densità: 342 ab./kmq
Se siete stati attenti, il Viet Nam e il Giappone sono gl’unici paesi che hanno una densità superiore a quella italiana. Nel caso del Giappone, la sua densità supera perfino quella della Cina (134 ab./kmq) e dell’ India (317 ab.kmq). Questo significa che se il Giappone fosse grande come la Cina sarebbe circa tre volte più popoloso.
AUSTRALIA Superficie: 7.703.429 kmq Popolazione: 19.704.500 ab. Densità: 3 ab./kmq
A fronte dell’ultima trovata della Commissione Europea nel perseguire la cancellazione del cristianesimo iniziata con la rimozione del crocifisso dai luoghi pubblici, voglio rinfrescare un pò la memoria dei miei lettori ma sopratutto quella dei politici europei ed italiani.
A partire dal 313 d.C., data che sancisce l’emanazione dell’ editto di Costantino che proclamava la libertà di culto per i cristiani, si assiste ad un rapido e consistente sviluppo del testo scritto e, di conseguenza, dello studio della scrittura (maometto muore nel 632 d C quindi tre secoli dopo l’editto che anticipa di circa 500 anni l’età d’oro dell’islam). Per poter studiare, si rese quindi necessaria la riproduzione dei libri e , poiché a quel tempo non era ancora stata inventata la stampa, i libri potevano essere riprodotti solo copiandoli a mano: nasce così la figura degli amanuensi, umili ed anonimi monaci che avevano il compito di riprodurre pazientemente a mano le Sacre Scritture, opere greche e latine, testi di grandi storici, poeti e naturalisti, codici e, grazie al romano Cassiodoro, consapevole di quanto fosse importante che la cultura e le tradizioni delle antiche civiltà non andassero perdute, anche testi profani.
I libri ricopiati servivano ai monaci per la lettura e l’insegnamento. Era nei monasteri infatti che la cultura veniva custodita e tramandata ed alcuni di questi monasteri avevano biblioteche in cui erano custoditi i preziosi libri salvati dalla distruzione dei barbari. I monaci che si dedicavano a questa attività studiavano le arti liberali (grammatica, dialettica, retorica, aritmetica, geometria, musica, astronomia) e spesso, nel lavoro di esegesi e nelle traduzioni, assumevano l’arbitrio di apporre interpolazioni o estrapolazioni allo scopo di dare un senso cristiano alla quasi totalità dei concetti e a tale proposito aggiungevano , a volte, anche una breve preghiera alla fine del libro.
July 23, 1968: An Israeli El Al flight en route from Rome to Tel Aviv, Israel with a crew of ten and thirty-eight passengers, was hijacked by four Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine Islamic terrorists and forced to land in Algiers, Algeria – an OPEC, Marxist Muslim fiefdom. August 10, 1968: While it was relatively meaningless by itself, it was part of a bigger campaign. In Turkey today, two firebombs were thrown into the USIS office in Izmir. The anti-American climate in Islamic Turkey would continue to fester and grow. August 10, 1968: Yasser Arafat’s al-Fatah detonated three grenades in Jerusalem’s Jewish section, injuring eight Israelis and two Americans. August 19, 1968: Yasser Arafat’s al-Fatahdetonated a bomb near the Parliament building in Jerusalem. No one was hurt. August 21, 1968: Al Fatah terrorists bombed the U.S. Consulate building in East Jerusalem demonstrating their hatred for Americans. September 4, 1968: Palestinian Muslims detonated three bombs in the Central Bus Station in Tel Aviv killing one Israeli and wounding 71 more. Attacking soft civilian targets was becoming a hallmark of Fatah terrorists. September 13, 1968: Syrian al-Sa’iqa terrorists attacked the Israeli police headquarters in Baniyas in the Golan Heights. The facility was destroyed and all five Jews who were inside were killed. October 26, 1968: In the Federal Republic of Germany, three prominent anti-Communist Croatians were assassinated in a Munich apartment. Throughout much of 1968, Communists in Croatia were attacking targets all across Europe. October 26, 1968: Armed with a revolver, a member of the Black Panthers, Raymond Johnson hijacked a National Airlines flight to Cuba. The Black Panther was arrested and held by Cuba. No one was injured and there were no prisoner exchanges or ransoms. October 26, 1968: Two Italians hijacked an Olympic Airways jet from Paris en route to Athens to publicize their opposition to the military junta in Greece. The terrorists brandished a pistol and a grenade. They gave the 130 passengers handbills telling them that they had just been punished for going to Greece. No one was injured and no prisoners were exchanged. November 22, 1968: Islamic terrorists in Israel used a large bomb to kill 12 Jews and wound 52 more in Jerusalem’s most crowed open-air market. December 26, 1968: Still basking in their July 23rd success, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine attacked another El Al aircraft in Athens, shooting and killing one passenger. In response, Israel destroyed 14 Lebanese planes in Beirut. The two Palestinian hijackers who perpetrated the attack were freed in September of 1970 as the result of a quad hijacking by the PFLP and subsequent prisoner exchange. December 29, 1968: Yasser Arafat’s al-Fatah claimed “credit” for shelling the Israeli town of Beisan in northeast Israel. December 31, 1968: In Israel, al-Fatah Islamic terrorists attacked the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Shmona in the upper Galilee. The rockets they deployed had been fired from Lebanon. It was the beginning of a foreboding trend. January 2, 1969: A lone Islamic terrorist hijacked an Olympic Airways flight that had departed from Crete en route to Athens. The plane was flown to Cairo, Egypt. February 3, 1969: Yasser Arafat, in the afterglow of the Time Magazine cover story on his violent and victorious defeat at the village of Al-Karameh, and flush with OPEC funding and jihadist recruits, was appointed Director of the Palestinian Liberation Organization in their meeting in Cairo, Egypt. The ugly face of Islamic terror had a new “Commander-in-Chief of the Palestinian Revolutionary Forces.” The “Chairman of the PLO’s Political Department” was now Yasser Arafat. February 18, 1969: Palestinian Muslims attacked an Israeli El Al airliner in Zurich, Switzerland as it was preparing to take off en route to Tel Aviv. The cockpit of the airliner was machine-gunned by the four Islamic terrorists who belonged to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine.
The terrorists fired 200 bullets and lobbed incendiary grenades from their car as the plane taxied down the runway. February 25, 1969: The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestinian “claimed credit” for detonating a bomb inside the British Consulate in Jerusalem. . March 1, 1969: In Germany, Islamic terrorists corrupted by the Muslim Brotherhood used a bomb to destroy an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 707 jet at the Frankfurt Airport. Several cleaning women were injured in the blast.
The Government of Ethiopia blamed the attack on the Syrian-Egyptian Movement for the Liberation of Eritrea. The Islamic Eritrean Liberation Front claimed credit for the bombing. March 6, 1969: Muslims belonging to the PFLP thought it would be a good idea to detonate a bomb in the Hebrew University cafeteria, so they did, mutilating and burning the bodies of 29 Jewish students. May 22, 1969: The attempted assassination of the first Israeli Prime Minister, Ben-Gurion, failed but the would-be killers were freed by Denmark. June 18, 1969: In Pakistan, three armed members of the Islamic Eritrean Liberation Front assaulted an Ethiopian airliner at the Karachi airport. The Boeing 707 was burned in the attack. The terrorists, all of whom were captured, told authorities that they carried out the attack to dramatize their opposition to Ethiopian rule in Eritrea. Since the Islamic Pakistani government was sympathetic to their cause the three men were jailed for less than one year. July 17, 1969: In India, a bomb was detonated inside of a USIS reading room in the American Consulate in Calcutta, burning one employee. July 18, 1969: In London, England, Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorists fire-bombed a department store owned by Jewish citizens of the U.K.. The PFLP claimed responsibility for the bombing and warned that there would be more bomb attacks on Jewish-owned establishments in London and in the United States.
PFLP leader George Habbash said, “We shall expand our operations everywhere, in all parts of the world. The enemy camp includes not only Israel but also the Zionist movement, world imperialism led by the United States.” As a Muslim Marxist, Habbash had to please his Islamic and Communist financiers. Terrorism is, after all, expensive. July 19, 1969: Islamic jihadists associated with the Sudan government firebombed a United States Information Services library in Khartoum. The fundamentalist Islamic regime in control of the Sudan would soon unleash the most deadly genocide in modern history, killing 2.7 million African Animists and Christians. July 22, 1969: Muslims in the Philippines threw hand grenades into a USIS library in the American Consulate building in Manila, killing one Filipino. They did this because Muslims are hostile to the truth. Honest, open, and informed discussion is the one thing that is lethal to their religion – and thus to the terror Islam inspires. August 17, 1969: In London, England, PFLP Islamic terrorists planted several bombs inside the Marks and Spencers Department Store. August 18, 1969: Six Islamic terrorists hijacked an Egyptian Misrair Anatov-24 flying from Cairo to the tourist destination of Aswan on the Nile River. The plane was forced to land in Jidda, Saudi Arabia. August 18, 1969: The Israel Touristy Office in Copenhagen, Denmark was bombed by Muslim militants. August 19, 1969: TWA flight 840 from Rome to Athens was hijacked to Syria, where President Assad was sympathetic to Islamic terrorism. The Palestinian terrorists destroyed the aircraft. August 29, 1969: In France, a TWA Boeing 707 flight from Paris was hijacked by two Palestinian Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorists and forced to land in Damascus, Syria. The plane carried a crew of 12 and 101 passengers.
After the hijack the Islamic terrorists announced to the passengers that the PFLP had taken command of the flight, and they ordered the plane flown to Damascus. Immediately upon landing, the passengers managed to jump from the plane before a bomb went off, destroying the aircraft. Four passengers were injured.
The PFLP said the hijacking and destruction of the TWA jet, along with the hijacking of an El Al Israeli Airlines plane to Algeria in July l968, the attacks on El Al planes in Athens in December 1968 and in Zurich in February 1969, were all part of their plan to strike at “imperialist interests within and outside the Arab world.” Acknowledging their Muslim overlords, they also asserted that “the action was in reprisal for American assistance to Israel.”.
September 8, 1969: Arafat’s al-Fatah recruited two teenage boys and motivated the young Muslims to throw hand grenades into the El Al Airlines offices in Brussels, Belgium. Four people were wounded in the blast.
What’s interesting is that while the perpetrators admitted that they had conducted their mission on behalf of Fatah, yet the PFLP claimed credit for the attack. September 8, 1969: Two Islamic terrorists calling themselves “Palestinians,” bombed the Israeli Embassy in Bonn, Germany. The PFLP claimed credit. September 8, 1969: In the Hague, Netherlands, Muslim militants threw hand grenades into the Israeli Embassy. September 9, 1969: In Asmara, Ethiopia, the American Consul General Murray Jackson, was kidnapped along with a British businessman by Muslims corrupted in Cairo. After signing a document stating that he had been instructed in the terrorist’s objectives, and that he had not been mistreated, Mr. Jackson was released. September 12, 1969: In Jordan, a bomb went off on the porch of the Amman home of the U.S. assistant army attaché. September 13, 1969: Three armed members of the Islamic Eritrean Liberation Front hijacked an Ethiopian Airlines DC-6 with 66 passengers aboard. The flight, bound for Djibouti from Addis Ababa was forced by the Muslim militants to land at Aden, Southern Yemen. One of the hijackers, Muhammad Sayed, 18, was shot by an Ethiopian secret police official who had been a passenger on the flight. October 7, 1969: An undisclosed group of Argentinean terrorists bombed a number of American businesses for reasons they never disclosed. Although there were nine attacks, no one was injured. October 21, 1969: Marxist Muslim Muhammad Siad Barre assumed dictatorial power in a military coup d’etat following the assassination of Somalia’s second President, Abdi Rashid Ali Shermarke. Barre nationalized the economy with the help of Soviet advisers and Cuban troops. His Supreme Ruling Council formulated political and legal institutions based on the Qur’an, Marx, Mao, Lenin, and Mussolini. Siad Barre explained: “The official ideology consists of three elements: my own conception of community, a form of socialism based on Marxist principles, and Islam.”. December 5, 1969: Four Muslim Militants were caught before they could attack an airliner in London. The subsequent plot on the 17th failed as a result. December 12, 1969: Islamic terrorists bombed the West Berlin office of Israeli El Al Airlines. No one was injured in the blast. December 12, 1969: Muslim militants associated with the Islamic Eritrean Liberation Front armed with pistols and explosives were killed by plainclothes security guards as they attempted to hijack an Ethiopian Airlines jet shortly after takeoff from Madrid on a flight to Addis Ababa.
In Damascus, Syria, the Eritrean Liberation Front admitted that the two slain men were members of their organization but claimed that they had not intended to hijack the airliner, merely to hand out leaflets. But on December 10, Spanish police had arrested a third ELF member at the Madrid airport for carrying explosives. December 20, 1969: In Islamic Turkey, a bomb was detonated outside the United States Information Services building in Ankara. December 21, 1969: Three Lebanese Muslims were caught as they tried to hijack a TWA plane in Athens. The flight was bound for Rome and then on to New York. The three Muslim militants, who used handguns and explosives, said that they were members of the PFLP, and that they had received orders to divert the airplane to Tunis where they were to evacuate the passengers and blow up the aircraft.
One of the hijackers confessed that he and his colleagues had planned to destroy the plane “to warn the Americans to stop providing air communications with Israel.” The three Islamic terrorists were freed after the hijacking of an Olympic Airways plane to Cairo on July 22, l970. December 29, 1969: Philippine terrorists attempted to assassinate U.S. Vice President Spiro Agnew by bombing his car. No one claimed credit for the assault but these same tactics were deployed countless times by local Islamic groups such as the Abu Sayyaf, Jemaah Islamiyah, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. January 1, 1970: In Turkey, an explosion occurred at the entrance of the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul. Islamic Turkey was becoming a dangerous place to be an American. January 9, 1970: In France, a TWA 707 airliner en route from Paris to Rome with just 20 passengers and crew aboard was hijacked to Beirut by a lone French terrorist. He said that he wanted to spite Americans and Israelis for their aggression in the Middle East. Considered a hero by Muslims, when the hijacker was taken into custody in Lebanon he was only sentenced to nine months in jail essentially the time he served awaiting trial. He was promptly released and returned to France, where he was tried for illegal possession of weapons and sentenced to eight months in prison, once again, the length of the trial process.
The Popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine thought their criminal act was a good thing, so they claimed responsibility for the murder and mutilations. However, since the word has a problem understanding the benefits of being judgmental, and fails to appreciate the concept of responsibility, the murdering Muslim terrorists were set free after the September 6, 1970 hijacking of one Swiss and two U.S. airliners. January 11, 1970: In Ethiopia, Islamic jihadists shot and killed a U.S. soldier. The Eritrean Islamic Jihad Movement was responsible for the shooting the American.
The Eritrean Islamic Jihad Movement was composed of Islamic terrorists who are financed, trained, and armed by the fundamentalist Islamic government in neighboring Sudan. The terrorist club sought to depose the current secular government in Eritrea and replace it with an Islamic theocracy based upon Sharia Law. January 21, 1970: In the Philippines, a car bomb exploded behind the Joint U.S. Military Assistance Group headquarters in Manila. Three support staff were injured. February 10, 1970: In Germany today, three Islamic terrorists killed an Israeli citizen and wounded 11 other Jewish passengers in a grenade attack on a bus at the Munich airport. The militants deployed guns and grenades in their assault on the El Al airport shuttle. The carnage was minimized because the Israeli pilots wrestled the weapons away from the Islamic terrorists. February 17, 1970: The Germans foiled a PFLP hijacking of an El Al aircraft. However, their temporary success only served to encourage terrorism because the German government foolishly freed the kidnappers two months later. February 21, 1970: A Swiss Air flight 330 from Zurich bound for Tel Aviv was bombed in mid-air nine minutes after takeoff by the PFLP General Command, a PFLP splinter group. Forty-seven innocent souls lost their lives to Islam, 15 of whom were Israelis. The bomb, placed in the cargo hold, was triggered by a change in atmospheric pressure. While the crew attempted to turn the plane back to the airport, smoke in the cockpit and the loss of electrical power thwarted their efforts,. February 21, 1970: On the same day that the PFLP-General Command destroyed a Swiss aircraft, killing everyone aboard, the main branch of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine exploded a bomb aboard an Austrian Airlines Caravelle flight from Frankfurt, Germany to Vienna, Austria. Fortunately, the damage was not catastrophic and the plane returned to Frankfurt safely with its 33 passengers.
The bomb was detonated twenty minutes after takeoff by an altimeter reading of fourteen thousand feet. March 1, 1970: In Italy, a bomb was found in the luggage of an Islamic terrorist aboard an Ethiopian airliner in Rome. The device had been placed by members of the Eritrean Islamic Jihad Movement. March 4, 1970: Two hours after a violent anti-American demonstration in the Philippines, a bomb rocked the embassy area and damaged a passing tanker truck carrying gasoline. March 14, 1970: A United Arab Airlines Antonov 24 flight flying from Athens to Cairo via Alexandria was four minutes out of its stopover when a bomb exploded in the landing gear well of the rear of the left engine, causing extensive damage to the undercarriage and injuring two of the ten passengers. March 20, 1970: In Ethiopia, five members of a National Geographic film crew, including an American producer, were taken hostage by members of the Eritrean Islamic Jihad Movement. They held the five hostages for 17 days. March 28, 1970: The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) fired seven rockets into the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon and into the JFK Library, also in Beirut. The PFLP later said that the attack was in retaliation for “plans of the U.S. Embassy in Beirut to foment religious strife and create civil massacres in Lebanon aimed at paralyzing the Palestine resistance movement.” September 11, 1970: In India, a fifth jetliner, a BOAC VC-10, from Bombay to Beirut carrying 150 passengers, was hijacked by the PFLP sympathizer. The plane was also flown to Zarqa, Jordan. The passengers were held hostage pending the release of Miss Khaled from Briton and six other sub-human species. Once they were freed, the plane was blown up. No Islamic country has ever built an airplane, but their citizens became quite apt at destroying them. September 16, 1970: In what was justified as retaliation for the plane hijackings the week before, but was actually a response to the three assassination attempts on the Jordanian King Hussein’s life, the Islamic nation’s Army attacked Palestinian communities within the kingdom. Since most Jordanian Arabs (70% of the total population) were related to those who call themselves “Palestinians,” and since the ruling monarchy wasn’t among them, this was a preemptive strike designed to keep the majority population subservient to the Hashemite minority. The armed assault on Palestinian refugee camps and communities would continue through July of 1971. Late September, 1970: In Jordan, the terrorist organization known as Black_September was formed. An outgrowth of Arafat’s Fatah, the Arab League’s PLO, and Egypt’s Fedayeen, they claimed to be descendants of Hasan’s Hashshashin/Assassins of Persian and Crusade infamy. February 2, 1971: In India, two armed Kashmiri Muslims hijacked an Indian Airlines plane to Pakistan. They demanded that the Indian government release 36 convicted Islamic terrorists held in Kashmir jails. When the government rejected their demands, they blew up the plane. February 10, 1971: In Sweden, two Croatian Muslims seized control of the Yugoslav consulate in Gothenburg in an unsuccessful attempt to ransom its occupants in exchange for convicted terrorists held in Yugoslav jails. The Yugoslav government refused to meet their demands, and the terrorists surrendered the next day to the Swedish authorities. They were tried and sentenced to 3 years imprisonment. But on September 16, 1972, they were released and flown to Madrid after three Croatians hijacked a Scandinavian airliner and demanded their freedom, along with the release of five Croatians involved in the assassination of the Yugoslav ambassador on April 7, 1971. April 8, 1971: In Sweden, Croatian terrorists assassinated the Yugoslav ambassador and wounded two Yugoslav diplomats in Stockholm. These murdering jihadists were released from jail when three Croatians militants hijacked a Scandinavian airliner on September 16, 1972, and demanded their freedom. May 29, 1971: In their second attack since this timeline began, Basque nationalists attempted to kidnap Henri Wolimer, the French Consul in San Sebastian. He resisted and escaped. There were no injuries in either mission. June 4, 1971: PFLP terrorists carried out an assault on the Liberian-registered oil tanker Coral Sea. Using a speedboat, the jihadists fired 10 bazooka shells at the tanker, causing some damage but no casualties. The attack occurred in the Strait of Bab el Mandeb at the entrance to the Red Sea. It was intended to deter tankers from using the Israeli port of Eilat. August 24, 1971: In Madrid, Spain, a bomb placed by Al Fatah’s Black_September Organization exploded in a Boeing 707 owned by the Royal Jordanian Airline. The aircraft was parked at the Barajas Airport. September 26, 1971: In Yemen, three bombs exploded at a U.S. Consular officer’s home. The bombing was believed to be part of an Islamic terrorist campaign against the government. December 15, 1971: In London, the Black_September Organization attempted to assassinate Zaid Rifai, the Jordanian Ambassador. December 16, 1971: Three people were injured by parcel bombs sent by the Black_September Organization to the Jordanian mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Muslims first genocide in SudanDecember, 1971: The first Islamic war in the Sudan was nearing resolution. However, Arab Muslims trying to Sharia Law in all of the Sudan had already killed 500,000 Africans, 80% of them being unarmed civilians, leaving a million more homeless.
British bungling had set the stage for the slaughter in Sudan. As part of the UK’s strategy in the Middle East, the Arab Muslim north and the African animist and Christian south were merged into a single administrative protectorate. In 1953 Egypt and the UK granted “independence” to the Sudan because it was becoming impossible to control under these circumstances. Muslims don’t share power with anyone. When this happened, the Arab Muslims in the north immediately recanted the agreements they had made with the African south, and began attacking them. A succession of Islamic dominated administrations did nothing to stop the terror. It was only when a fundamentalist Muslim vs. Muslim Marxist rift in the north emerged, that the genocide temporarily lost momentum. In 1971, Joseph Lagu became the first to organize Africans in the south, providing a voice for the oppressed. May 11, 1972: A series of bombs placed by the Baader-Meinhof Gang exploded at the Fifth U.S. Army Corps headquarters in West Germany, killing Colonel Paul Bloomquist and wounding 13 others.
The Baader-Meinhof Group was a violent communist association that acted in partnership with the PFLP. They emerged from the Federal Republic of Germany in the late 1960s. On April 2, 1968, Andreas Baader, the group’s founder, and his girlfriend Gudrun Ensslin, bombed a Frankfurt department store. The well-known German journalist Ulrike Meinhof, helped Baader flee custody. Following the prison break, Meinhof and Baader enrolled in a terrorist training camp run by the Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) and became infamous.
Returning from the Islamic terrorist training camp, Baader, Meinhof, and Ensslin engaged in a violent spree of bombings, abductions, and firearm attacks. They professed a hazy mix of Marxism, Maoism, and Muslim beliefs as the terrorized West Germany. May 24, 1972: In Zimbabwe, a South African Airways Boeing 727 flying from Salisbury to Johannesburg with 66 passengers and crew on board was hijacked by two Lebanese Muslim terrorists who threatened to blow up the aircraft. May 31, 1972: After receiving the $5 million ransom from the German government, the PLO/PFLP/BSO financed and dispatched members of the Japanese Red Army to attack Lod Airport in Tel Aviv. They bombed the terminal and used automatic weapons to gun down and kill 27 people milling in the crowd, wounding 75 to 80 more. Yes, Islam has always found soulmates in Communist, Socialist, and Fascist circles. June 10, 1972: The West German embassy in Dublin, Ireland was damaged by a bomb that had been placed by supporters of the Baader-Meinhof Gang of Muslim-trained Marxists. July 18, 1972: An attaché case containing fifteen pounds of explosives was discovered in the USIS Cultural Center in Manila. The device was set to explode at 1 AM Saturday. The guard did not check the case until Monday morning, and the building was spared only because of the failure of the timing device. July 31, 1972: A group of hijackers, including George Edward Wright, George Brown, Melvin McNair, his wife Jean Allen McNair, and Joyce T. Burgess, who said they were Black Panther Party sympathizers, took over a Delta Air Lines jet over Florida and directed the plane to Algeria after collecting $1 million in ransom.
August 5, 1972: The PFLP/PLO/BSO attacked an oil refinery in Trieste, Italy. The damage they wrought in the ensuing fire in large oil storage tanks was considerable, estimated at over $7 million. The attack was justified because Germany and Austria allegedly supplied oil to Israel. Attack on the Munich Airport, February 10, 1970: Three terrorists attacked El Al passengers in a bus at the Munich Airport with guns and grenades. One passenger was killed and 11 were injured. All three terrorists were captured by airport police. The Action Organization for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine claimed responsibility for the attack. Munich Olympic Massacre, September 5, 1972: Eight Palestinian “Black September” terrorists seized eleven Israeli athletes in the Olympic Village in Munich, West Germany. In a bungled rescue attempt by West German authorities, nine of the hostages and five terrorists were killed. Ambassador to Sudan Assassinated March 2, 1973: U.S. Ambassador to Sudan Cleo A. Noel and other diplomats were assassinated at the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Khartoum by members of the Black September organization. Attack and Hijacking at the Rome Airport December 17, 1973: Five terrorists pulled weapons from their luggage in the terminal lounge at the Rome airport, killing two persons. They then attacked a Pan American 707 bound for Beirut and Tehran, destroying it with incendiary grenades and killing 29 persons, including 4 senior Moroccan officials and 14 American employees of ARAMCO. They then herded 5 Italian hostages into a Lufthansa airliner and killed an Italian customs agent as he tried to escape, after which they forced the pilot to fly to Beirut. After Lebanese authorities refused to let the plane land, it landed in Athens, where the terrorists demanded the release of 2 Arab terrorists. In order to make Greek authorities comply with their demands, the terrorists killed a hostage and threw his body onto the tarmac. The plane then flew to Damascus, where it stopped for two hours to obtain fuel and food. It then flew to Kuwait, where the terrorists released their hostages in return for passage to an unknown destination. The Palestine Liberation Organization disavowed the attack, and no group claimed responsibility for it. Ambassador to Afghanistan Assassinated, February 14, 1979: Four Afghans kidnapped U.S. Ambassador Adolph Dubs in Kabul and demanded the release of various “religious figures.” Dubs was killed, along with four alleged terrorists, when Afghan police stormed the hotel room where he was being held. Iran Hostage Crisis, November 4, 1979: After President Carter agreed to admit the Shah of Iran into the US, Iranian radicals seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and took 66 American diplomats hostage. Thirteen hostages were soon released, but the remaining 53 were held until their release on January 20, 1981. Grand Mosque Seizure, November 20, 1979: 200 Islamic terrorists seized the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, taking hundreds of pilgrims hostage. Saudi and French security forces retook the shrine after an intense battle in which some 250 people were killed and 600 wounded. Threats from Libya
When intelligence reports surfaced that Libyan leader Muammar el-Qaddafi had plans to assassinate American diplomats in Rome and Paris, President Reagan expelled all Libyan diplomats from the U.S. (May 6, 1981) and closed Libya’s diplomatic mission in Washington, D.C. Three months later, Reagan ordered U.S. Navy jets to shoot down Libyan fighters if they ventured inside what was known as the “line of death.” (This was the line created by Qaddafi to demarcate Libya’s territorial waters, which he said extended more than 100 miles off the country’s shoreline; the U.S. and other maritime nations recognized Libyan territorial waters as extending only 12 miles from shore.) As expected, the Libyan Air Force counter-attacked and Navy jets shot down two SU-22 warplanes about 60 miles off the Libyan coast.
Bombing of U.S. Embassy in Beirut, April 18, 1983: Sixty-three people, including the CIA’s Middle East director, were killed and 120 were injured in a 400-pound suicide truck-bomb attack on the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. The Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility. Bombing of Marine Barracks, Beirut, October 23, 1983 : Simultaneous suicide truck-bomb attacks were made on American and French compounds in Beirut, Lebanon. A 12,000-pound bomb destroyed the U.S. compound, killing 242 Americans, while 58 French troops were killed when a 400-pound device destroyed a French base. Islamic Jihad claimed responsibility. Bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Kuwait, Dec. 12, 1983 The American embassy in Kuwait was bombed in a series of attacks whose targets also included the French embassy, the control tower at the airport, the country’s main oil refinery, and a residential area for employees of the American corporation Raytheon. Six people were killed, including a suicide truck bomber, and more than 80 others were injured. The suspects were thought to be members of Al Dawa, or “The Call,” an Iranian-backed group and one of the principal Shiite groups operating against Saddam Hussein in Iraq.
Kidnapping of Embassy Official, March 16, 1984: The Islamic Jihad kidnapped and later murdered Political Officer William Buckley in Beirut, Lebanon. Other U.S. citizens not connected to the U.S. government were seized over a succeeding two-year period. TWA Hijacking, June 14, 1985: A Trans-World Airlines flight was hijacked en route to Rome from Athens by two Lebanese Hizballah terrorists and forced to fly to Beirut. The eight crew members and 145 passengers were held for seventeen days, during which one American hostage, a U.S. Navy sailor, was murdered. After being flown twice to Algiers, the aircraft was returned to Beirut after Israel released 435 Lebanese and Palestinian prisoners. Air India Bombing, June 23, 1985: A bomb destroyed an Air India Boeing 747 over the Atlantic, killing all 329 people aboard. Both Sikh and Kashmiri terrorists were blamed for the attack. Two cargo handlers were
killed at Tokyo airport, Japan, when another Sikh bomb exploded in an Air Canada aircraft en route to India. Bombing in Copenhagen : July 22, 1985 Two near-simultaneous bombs in Copenhagen, at the Jewish synagogue and at the offices of Northwest Orient, explode, killing one and injuring 32. The bombers are interrupted while placing a third, more powerful, bomb, which they later dispose of in the city’s harbour. The bombs are later linked to Islamic Jihad.
Soviet Diplomats Kidnapped : September 30, 1985: In Beirut, Lebanon, Sunni terrorists kidnapped four Soviet diplomats. One was killed but three were later released. Achille Lauro Hijacking, October 7, 1985: Four Palestinian Liberation Front terrorists seized the Italian cruise liner in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, taking more than 700 hostages. One U.S. passenger was murdered before the Egyptian government offered the terrorists safe haven in return for the hostages freedom. Egyptian Airliner Hijacking November 23, 1985: An EgyptAir airplane bound from Athens to Malta and carrying several U.S. citizens was hijacked by the Abu Nidal Group. Airport Attacks in Rome and Vienna December 27, 1985: Four gunmen belonging to the Abu Nidal Organization attacked the El Al and Trans World Airlines ticket counters at Rome’s Leonardo da Vinci Airport with grenades and automatic rifles. Thirteen persons were killed and 75 were wounded before Italian police and Israeli security guards killed three of the gunmen and captured the fourth. Three more Abu Nidal gunmen attacked the El Al ticket counter at Vienna’s Schwechat Airport, killing three persons and wounding 30. Austrian police killed one of the gunmen and captured the others. Aircraft Bombing in Greece, March 30, 1986: A Palestinian splinter group detonated a bomb as TWA Flight 840 approached Athens airport, killing four U.S. citizens. Berlin Discoteque Bombing, April 5, 1986: Two U.S. soldiers were killed and 79 American servicemen were injured in a Libyan bomb attack on a nightclub in West Berlin, West Germany. In retaliation U.S. military jets bombed targets in and around Tripoli and Benghazi. Kidnapping of William Higgins February 17, 1988: U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel W. Higgins was kidnapped and murdered by the Iranian-backed Hizballah group while serving with the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organization (UNTSO) in southern Lebanon. Naples USO Attack, April 14, 1988: The Organization of Jihad Brigades exploded a car-bomb outside a USO Club in Naples, Italy, killing one U.S. sailor. Pan Am 103 Bombing, December 21, 1988: Pan American Airlines Flight 103 was blown up over Lockerbie, Scotland, by a bomb believed to have been placed on the aircraft by Libyan terrorists in Frankfurt, West Germany. All 259 people on board were killed. Bombing of UTA Flight 772, September 19, 1989: A bomb explosion destroyed UTA Flight 772 over the Sahara Desert in southern Niger during a flight from Brazzaville to Paris. All 170 persons aboard were killed. Six Libyans were later found guilty in absentia and sentenced to life imprisonment. Bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Argentina, March 17, 1992: Hizballah claimed responsibility for a blast that leveled the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, causing the deaths of 29 and wounding 242.
Hotel bombing in Somalia Dec. 29, 1992 In the first al-Qaida attack against U.S. forces, operatives bomb a hotel where U.S. troops — on their way to a humanitarian mission in Somalia — had been staying. Two Austrian tourists are killed. Almost simultaneously, another group of al-Qaida operatives are caught at Aden airport, Yemen, as they prepare to launch rockets at U.S. military planes. U.S. troops quickly leave Aden.
World Trade Center Bombing, February 26, 1993: The World Trade Center in New York City was badly damaged when a car bomb planted by Islamic terrorists exploded in an underground garage. The bomb left 6 people dead and 1,000 injured. The men carrying out the attack were followers of Umar Abd al-Rahman, an Egyptian cleric who preached in the New York City area. Attempted Assassination of President Bush by Iraqi Agent. April 14, 1993: The Iraqi intelligence service attempted to assassinate former U.S. President George Bush during a visit to Kuwait. In retaliation, the U.S. launched a cruise missile attack 2 months later on the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Kashmiri Hostage-taking, July 4, 1995: In India six foreigners, including two U.S. citizens, were taken hostage by Al-Faran, a Kashmiri separatist group. One non-U.S. hostage was later found beheaded. Jerusalem Bus Attack August 21, 1995: HAMAS claimed responsibility for the detonation of a bomb that killed 6 and injured over 100 persons, including several U.S. citizens. Saudi Military Installation Attack November 13, 1995: The Islamic Movement of Change planted a bomb in a Riyadh military compound that killed one U.S. citizen, several foreign national employees of the U.S. government, and over 40 others. Egyptian Embassy Attack November 19, 1995: A suicide bomber drove a vehicle into the Egyptian Embassy compound in Islamabad, Pakistan, killing at least 16 and injuring 60 persons. Three militant Islamic groups claimed responsibility. HAMAS Bus Attack February 26, 1996: In Jerusalem, a suicide bomber blew up a bus, killing 26 persons, including three U.S. citizens, and injuring some 80 persons, including three other US citizens. Dizengoff Center Bombing March 4, 1996: HAMAS and the Palestine Islamic Jihad (PIJ) both claimed responsibility for a bombing outside of Tel Aviv’s largest shopping mall that killed 20 persons and injured 75 others, including 2 U.S. citizens. West Bank Attack May 13, 1996: Arab gunmen opened fire on a bus and a group of Yeshiva students near the Bet El settlement, killing a dual U.S./Israeli citizen and wounding three Israelis. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, but HAMAS was suspected. Empire State Building Sniper Attack February 23, 1997: A Palestinian gunman opened fire on tourists at an observation deck atop the Empire State Building in New York City, killing a Danish national and wounding visitors from the United States, Argentina, Switzerland, and France before turning the gun on himself. A handwritten note carried by the gunman claimed this was a punishment attack against the “enemies of Palestine.” Israeli Shopping Mall Bombing September 4, 1997: Three suicide bombers of HAMAS detonated bombs in the Ben Yehuda shopping mall in Jerusalem, killing eight persons, including the bombers, and wounding nearly 200 others. A dual U.S./Israeli citizen was among the dead, and 7 U.S. citizens were wounded. Murder of U.S. Businessmen in Pakistan November 12, 1997: Two unidentified gunmen shot to death four U.S. auditors from Union Texas Petroleum Corporation and their Pakistani driver after they drove away from the Sheraton Hotel in Karachi. The Islami Inqilabi Council, or Islamic Revolutionary Council, claimed responsibility in a call to the U.S. Consulate in Karachi. In a letter to Pakistani newspapers, the Aimal Khufia Action Committee also claimed responsibility. Tourist Killings in Egypt November 17, 1997: Al-Gama’at al-Islamiyya (IG) gunmen shot and killed 58 tourists and four Egyptians and wounded 26 others at the Hatshepsut Temple in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor. Thirty-four Swiss, eight Japanese, five Germans, four Britons, one French, one Colombian, a dual Bulgarian/British citizen, and four unidentified persons were among the dead. Twelve Swiss, two Japanese, two Germans, one French, and nine Egyptians were among the wounded. Attack on U.S.S. Cole, October 12, 2000: In Aden, Yemen, a small dingy carrying explosives rammed the destroyer U.S.S. Cole, killing 17 sailors and injuring 39 others. Supporters of Usama Bin Laden were suspected. Bus Stop Bombing, April 22, 2001: A member of HAMAS detonated a bomb he was carrying near a bus stop in Kfar Siva, Israel, killing one person and injuring 60. Philippines Hostage Incident, May 27, 2001: Muslim Abu Sayyaf guerrillas seized 13 tourists and 3 staff members at a resort on Palawan Island and took their captives to Basilan Island. The captives included three U.S. citizens: Guellermo Sobero and missionaries Martin and Gracia Burnham. Philippine troops fought a series of battles with the guerrillas between June 1 and June 3 during which 9 hostages escaped and two were found dead. The guerrillas took additional hostages when they seized the hospital in the town of Lamitan. On June 12, Abu Sayyaf spokesman Abu Sabaya claimed that Sobero had been killed and beheaded; his body was found in October. The Burnhams remained in captivity until June 2002. Tel-Aviv Nightclub Bombing, June 1, 2001: HAMAS claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing of a popular Israeli nightclub that caused over 140 casualties. HAMAS Restaurant Bombing, August 9, 2001: A HAMAS-planted bomb detonated in a Jerusalem pizza restaurant, killing 15 people and wounding more than 90. The Israeli response included occupation of Orient House, the Palestine Liberation Organization’s political headquarters in East Jerusalem. Suicide Bombing in Israel, September 9, 2001: The first suicide bombing carried out by an Israeli Arab killed 3 persons in Nahariya. HAMAS claimed responsibility. Death of “the Lion of the Panjshir”, September 9, 2001: Two suicide bombers fatally wounded Ahmed Shah Massoud, a leader of Afghanistan’s Northern Alliance, which had opposed both the Soviet occupation and the post-Soviet Taliban government. The bombers posed as journalists and were apparently linked to al-Qaida. The Northern Alliance did not confirm Massoud’s death until September 15. Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Homeland, September 11, 2001: Two hijacked airliners crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Soon thereafter, the Pentagon was struck by a third hijacked plane. A fourth hijacked plane, suspected to be bound for a high-profile target in Washington, crashed into a field in southern Pennsylvania. The attacks killed 3,025 U.S. citizens and other nationals. President Bush and Cabinet officials indicated that Usama Bin Laden was the prime suspect and that they considered the United States in a state of war with international terrorism. In the aftermath of the attacks, the United States formed the Global Coalition Against Terrorism.
… and we know terrorism has not stopped…. it continues and we must be vigilant. We must not forget. We must not put our heads in the sand. We must demand that our elected officials stop playing politics. This isn’t a game. The common thread in all the attacks is that there is a deep seeded hatred for us.
Ma che fine hanno fatto i rinforzi in truppe e mezzi destinati a raggiungere Herat al più presto?
L’acceso dibattito politico sul caso Mastrogiacomo, le questioni Telecom e Alitalia e la nascita del nuovo Partito Democratico sembrano aver fatto dimenticare a tutti la questione dei rinforzi forse perchè a causa della querelle sul ruolo di Emergency si sono create crepe ancora più profonde all’interno della maggioranza di governo. Eppure il ministro degli esteri., Massimo D’Alema, da New York aveva dichiarato il 20 marzo che “la guerriglia sta arrivando anche a Herat" e per le truppe italiane si profilano “momenti difficili”? E allora cosa aspetta il governo a inviare i rinforzi ?
La partenza dei velivoli teleguidati Predator, degli elicotteri d’attacco Mangusta, dei cingolati Dardo e di un pugno di fanti è stato al centro del dibattito politico fino alla riunione del Consiglio Supremo di Difesa che il 2 aprile aveva recepito le proposte della Difesa indicando queste forze per aumentare le capacità di auto protezione del contingente italiano schierato nell’Afghanistan Occidentale. Un’area nella quale le truppe italiane e alleate sono sempre più esposte, come conferma anche il recente rapporto del SISMI (ce non ostante la sinistra ancora un pò funziona), al rischio di attacchi e attentati terroristici. Il suggerimento del Quirinale deve però essere ratificato dal Consiglio dei ministri per divenire operativo ma la classe politica sembra aver dimenticato che alla sicurezza dei nostri militari che invece imporrebbe tempi stretti.
Considerando il crescente coinvolgimento delle truppe italiane nelle recenti operazioni siamo già in netto ritardo per rafforzare i reparti in vista dell’annunciata offensiva talebana di primavera che sembra essere già cominciata Se il governo glissa sui rinforzi l’ala sinistra dell’Unione contesta l’invio degli elicotteri d’attacco Mangusta in Afghanistan. Un’interrogazione presentata dai senatori del PRC Giannini, Menapace, Martone e Del Roio al ministro della Difesa precisa che “l’utilizzo di tali mezzi sarebbe in netto contrasto con le regole d’ingaggio del contingente italiano, che non prevedono manovre d’attacco”.
Il rischio è quindi che per evitare ulteriori dissidi interni alla maggioranza il governo decida di posticipare ogni decisione in merito, anche perché l’ala sinistra dell’Unione, che pure ha votato il decreto di rifinanziamento della missione, è pronta a dare battaglia sul reperimento dei 20 milioni di euro necessari a sostenere i costi dell’invio dei rinforzi.
L’ipotesi di un ritardo ad oltranza provoca preoccupazioni negli ambienti militari I reparti interessati stanno già preparando mezzi e personale destinati a rischierarsi in Afghanistan ma finora non sono arrivati dallo Stato Maggiore Difesa gli ordini relativi, che attendono ovviamente il via libera del governo. Considerando che per trasferire i mezzi a Herat si dovranno utilizzare cargo americani o affittare gli Antonov in Ucraina, i tempi per la piena operatività dei mezzi sono già slittati ben oltre l’inizio di maggio previsto inizialmente.I due teleguidati Predator e i cinque elicotteri Mangusta richiedono infatti un ampio supporto tecnico e logistico e oltre all’afflusso dei mezzi e del personale, ad Herat occorrerà assemblare hangar campali per la manutenzione ed effettuare voli d’ambientamento per velivoli ed equipaggi.
di Gianandrea Gaiani
Ricordate quando ho scritto che i rinforzi arriveranno a Luglio se non addirittura dopo?
Al via l’offensiva talebana di primavera
Nonostante la forte pressione militare alleata nel sud Afghanistan, i talebani hanno scatenato un’offensiva basata su incursioni di guerriglia e azioni terroristiche nelle aree ritenute più sicure. L’ attentato compiuto il 16 aprile a Kunduz, nel nord del Paese, dove un kamikaze si è fatto esplodere presso il comando della polizia uccidendo dieci agenti ha portato la minaccia anche in quell’area presidiata da 4.000 militari in gran parte tedeschi, dive la presenza talebana era stata finora quasi inesistente. L’attentato ha fatto seguito ad altre due attacchi suicidi davanti a una base NATO a Kandahar ha ucciso quattro guardie afgane e quello a Khowst che ha ucciso 8 poliziotti, più altri due successivi attentati dinamitardi contro scuole a Kabul e a Herat e l’ordigno stradale che a Kandahar ha ucciso quattro nepalesi e un afgano e bordo di un blindato dell’ONU.
L’escalation degli attacchi suicidi è costante: 20 nel 2005, 140 l’anno scorso e una trentina dall’inizio di quest’anno. Un’ulteriore conferma della progressiva “irachizzazione” del conflitto afghano. Khan ha dichiarato che i terroristi sono “tutti afgani”, quasi a voler ridimensionare il ruolo di al-Qaeda, mentre il mullah Dadullah aveva annunciato a febbraio di disporre di 2000 kamikaze. Il rapporto “Il costo umano: le conseguenze degli attacchi degli insorti in Afghanistan” presentato Human Right Watch denuncia che nel 2006 più di centomila afgani hanno dovuto lasciare le proprie case nelle province sud orientali e accusa il Pakistan di garantire protezione agli insorti. I talebani hanno ucciso 699 civili, la gran parte dei quali in attentati terroristici (492) e in agguati ed esecuzioni (177) ma almeno altri 230 sono stati uccisi per errore dai militari alleati.
Sul fronte militare alle offensive alleate concentrate a Helmand lungo il confine pachistano e nel nord, vicino a Farah, hanno risposto gli attacchi talebani a nord di Kabul. Il 17 aprile circa 300 talebani nella provincia di Kapisa hanno tagliato la strada che dalla capitale porta alle regioni nord orientali dell’Afghanistan, contrattaccate il giorno successivo da truppe governative e militari statunitensi. Dalla caduta del regime talebano alla fine del 2001 non c’erano mai stati combattimenti così intensi a così poca distanza dalla capitale e da Bagram la grande base USA sede del comando della Task Force di Enduring Freedom.
Tornando nel sud i rapporti del comando NATO di Kandahar riferiscono di molti leader talebani uccisi nei giorni scorsi insieme a decine di guerriglieri ma sono in aumento anche le perdite tra i militari alleati: 24 dall’inizio dell’anno, 12 nell’ultima settimana. Nella zona di Kandahar il ritrovamento di un carico di armi iraniane dirette ai talebani rischia di aprire un nuovo fronte politico e militare nel confronto tra anglo-americani e Teheran. Il generale Peter Pace, capo degli stati maggiori riuniti americano, ha spiegato il coinvolgimento di Teheran in Afghanistan è più incerto e difficile da identificare rispetto all’Iraq, dove le armi vengono fornite ai ribelli dalle forze speciali dei pasdaran.
“Non è chiaro quale gruppo iraniano sia responsabile, ma in Afghanistan abbiamo intercettato armi destinate ai talebani che sono state fabbricate in Iran”ha detto Pace ai giornalisti. Il generale ha aggiunto che le armi, inclusi mortai ed esplosivo al plastico, sono state intercettate il mese scorso e non è stato specificato se si trattasse del primo ritrovamento di armi “made in Iran”. In merito alle attività iraniane in Iraq, Pace ha spiegato che è ormai chiaro che i membri delle divisione al-Quds (l’unità per le operazioni all’estero dei pasdaran) sono coinvolti nel traffico che fornisce armi ed esplosivi per gli attentati ai veicoli militari americani. “i troviamo di fronte a due ipotesi” – ha concluso il generale Pace –“che i leader iraniani siano al corrente delle azioni delle loro forze armate, o che non lo siano. In entrambi i casi, questa situazione è un problema”.
E guarda caso il governo di sinistra non prende posizione con l’Iran. Cominciano a tornare i conti o qualcuno ancora crede che a sinistra non esista una strategia che tenda a difendere i terroristi e contemporaneamente a versare sangue occidentale?
Finalmente tutti e dico tutti potranno usufruire della migliore assistenza in teatro di guerra ed in tutta sicurezza, tranne ovviamente i terroristi.
Perchè? Perchè esiste un’organizzazzione mai pubblicizzata perchè non è di sinistra, perchè non pesa sul bilancio statale, perchè è un’organizzazione mondiale e perchè lavora in silenzio senza tanti proclami. Attenzione se volete saperne di più armatevi di pazienza :