Bombing of Libya: Italians prefer opera

NATO bombing of Libya costs a lot of money – Italians prefer opera…

According to Italy’s Interior Ministry, the NATO operation in Libya has already cost 1 billion Euros (US$ 1.3 billion). Italy entered the war providing only ‘limited military and logistical support’, and now leads, as former colonizer of Libya, 30 per cent of the operations against Libya.

Photo: Interior of La Fenice opera house in Venice in 1837. Venice was, along with Florence and Rome, one of the cradles of Italian opera

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11 Reacties to “Bombing of Libya: Italians prefer opera”

  1. kruitvat Says:

    NATO is not only bombing and destroying. NATO costs also a lot of money while Greece, Ireland, Portugal and Spain have big financial problems.
    I read that these countries have to repaid their debts by privatisation and higher taxes.
    Is there not a possibility to organize national and european manifestions against this disastrous policy (without the syndicates which are too close with the governments) ?

  2. kruitvat Says:

    It is not the first time that Italy was bombing Libya…

    Witness: Italian Bombing of Libya – 1911
    The letters of an Italian pilot reveal how he carried out the first air raid in history
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00ggb50/Witness_Italian_Bombing_of_Libya_1911/

  3. kruitvat Says:

    Italian bombing of Libya, 1911
    May 2011

    A discussion on the BBC World Service describing the first offensive use of airpower, by the Italian Army in Libya in November 1911.

    A young Italian flyer describes in a letter home how he mounted the world’s first ever aerial bombing run during an attack on Ottoman forces in Libya, in 1911.

    http://www.robertlyman.com/ news.htm
    Giulio Gavotti in 1910. Photograph courtesy of his grandson, Paolo di Vecchi.

  4. kruitvat Says:

    Libya 1911: How an Italian pilot began the air war era
    SOURCE: BBC (5-9-11)

    Italy recently said it was ready to join in Nato’s air attacks on targets in Libya – and with the announcement came a sense of history repeating itself.

    It was in Libya, almost exactly a century ago, that a young Italian pilot carried out the first ever air raid.

    During fighting in November 1911 between Italy and forces loyal to the Turkish, Ottoman Empire, Lieutenant Giulio Gavotti wrote in a letter to his father: “Today I have decided to try to throw bombs from the aeroplane.
    And soon afterwards Lieutenant Gavotti did indeed hang out of his flimsy aircraft and fling a bomb at troops in a desert oasis below.

    In that instant he introduced the world to the idea of war from the air. He had begun the age of the bomber, and opened the door to all the horrors it would bring.
    The BBC World Service has obtained copies of the letters that the lieutenant wrote home from Libya. And they reveal his thoughts at the moment he carried out his historic, one-man raid….

    http://www.liquida.com/…/ libya-nato-ottoman-empire/

  5. kruitvat Says:

    The NATO action in which Italy participates, not only violates UN Resolution 1973 but also the articles that prevent foreign powers from intervening in civil wars (created by the western mass media).

  6. kruitvat Says:

    LIBYA – Italian bombings

    6/13/2011 – Italy leading more than 30 per cent of military operations in Libya
    For Libya expert, historian Angelo Del Boca, the war continues amid widespread disinterest and unwillingness to pursue a diplomatic solution. Since the start of the operation, Italy has spent a billion Euros. NATO and Arab countries are planning the post-Gaddafi phase, but are leaving out the part of the population still loyal to the Tripoli government. The crisis will not be solved just when the strongman is removed.

    Tripoli (AsiaNews) – Even though Italy entered the war providing only limited military and logistical support, it now leads 30 per cent of the operations against Libya, on par with France and Great Britain, journalist and historian Angelo Del Boca told AsiaNews. For the Libya expert, “the war goes one amid widespread disinterest, especially in Italy, despite the huge costs and the unwillingness to find a diplomatic solution.”
    Italy’s military operation began on 22 March. According to government statements, the intervention was supposed to be limited to letting NATO use Italian air bases and providing fighters to maintain the No Fly Zone over Libya as part of the alliance’s Suppression of Enemy Air Defence (SEAD) operation. The initial engagement did not include attacks against Libyan troops, convoys and military installation.

    For Del Boca, the high costs of the operation will force Italy to abandon its Libya mission. According to Italy’s Interior Ministry, the operation has already cost 1 billion Euros (US$ 1.3 billion)

    Meanwhile NATO, Arab league and Western powers are already preparing the post-Gaddafi phase as the number of countries that back the Benghazi rebels grows with pledges of weapons and weapons.

    Today, the United Arab Emirates recognised the National Transitional Council as the legitimate representative of the Libyan people, announcing the opening soon of a diplomatic office in Benghazi.

    However, local sources say that residents in area still held by the Libyan strongman want their say, calling for an immediate end to air strikes and a stop to the war.

    “The NATO action not only violates UN Resolution 1973 but also the articles that prevent foreign powers from intervening in civil wars,” Del Boca said.

    Still, despite the huge costs, NATO is still hoping to kill Gaddafi. But even if he is taken out, the crisis will continue.

    “The countries that started this war are convinced that with Gaddafi out of the way, everything will be settled,” the historian said. “In reality, according to my sources, hundreds of thousands of people still support the Libyan government. What will happen to them once the offensive is over?”

    “NATO continues its raids against the capital and its immediate vicinity,” Mgr Martinelli said from Tripoli. “Fighters fly over our heads day and night.”

    “Three months since the start of the mission in Libya, bombs have not solved anything,” the prelate said. “There are still no solutions to end this war and appeals for a truce have gone unheeded.” (S.C.)

    http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Italy-leading-more-than-30-per-cent-of-military-operations-in-Libya-21819.html

  7. kruitvat Says:

    Italy prepares to take “targeted action” against Libya
    by furious on Apr.26, 2011, under World News

    ROME, Italy (AFP) — Italy is ready to allow its air force to take “targeted action” against selected military objectives in Libya, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said yesterday.
    In a telephone conversation he had informed US President Barack Obama “that Italy has decided to respond positively” to an appeal by the head of the NATO military alliance, Berlusconi said in a statement.

    “Italy has decided to augment the operational flexibility of its planes through targeted actions against specific military objectives on Libyan territory in the context of contributing to protecting the Libyan civilian population,” he said.
    In this way, “Italy remains within the limits set by the (NATO) mandate for the operation and the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.”
    NATO bombs wrecked Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi’s office in his immense Tripoli residence yesterday, while rebels in besieged Misrata said they had pushed Kadhafi’s forces out of the city.
    Massive protests in February — inspired by the revolts that toppled long-time autocrats in Egypt and Tunisia — escalated into war when Kadhafi’s troops fired on demonstrators and protesters seized several eastern towns.
    Military action, sanctioned by the UN, was first launched by Britain, France and the United States on March 19, but NATO later took over the operation.
    Italy, like France and Britain, last week agreed to send military advisers to assist Libya’s Benghazi-based rebel Transitional National Council (TNC) in its battle against Kadhafi’s better-armed and better-trained forces.
    Italy, Libya’s former colonial ruler, has ruled out ground operations and said it would like to see Kadhafi and his family cede power voluntarily to pave the way for a political solution to the conflict.
    Kadhafi’s regime is accusing the United States, which launched its first Predator drone strikes over the weekend, of crimes against humanity.
    Drone strikes have so far hit a rocket launcher targeting Misrata and an SA-8 surface-to-air missile in Tripoli, according to NATO officials.

    http://www.liquida.com/…/ libya-nato-ottoman-empire/

  8. kruitvat Says:

    Bombing of Libya – Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi lied…
    ROME, Italy (AFP) – Apr. 26, 2011 – Italy is ready to allow its air force to take “targeted action” against selected military objectives in Libya, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said yesterday.
    “Italy has decided to augment the operational flexibility of its planes through targeted actions against specific military objectives on Libyan territory in the context of contributing to protecting the Libyan civilian population,” he said.
    In this way, “Italy remains within the limits set by the (NATO) mandate for the operation and the resolutions of the United Nations Security Council.”
    In a telephone conversation he had informed US President Barack Obama “that Italy has decided to respond positively” to an appeal by the head of the NATO military alliance, Berlusconi said in a statement.

    According to Italy’s Interior Ministry, the NATO operation in Libya has already cost 1 billion Euros (US$ 1.3 billion). Italy entered the war providing only ‘limited military and logistical support’, and now leads, as former colonizer of Libya, 30 per cent of the operations against Libya.

  9. kruitvat Says:

    Italia is participating in the bombing of Libya.
    Germany is participating in the bombing of Libya.
    And… Italia and Germany were allies during the second World War. They fought against the Allies for the control of North Africa in Libya.
    And… Libya is a former colony of Italy and was in 1911 for the first time bombed by Italy.
    A coincidence ?

  10. kruitvat Says:

    Archives:

    Italy will support UN-EU-NATO decisions on Libya
    Supreme Defence Council reviews measures to deal with refugees
    9 March, 2011

    (ANSA) – Rome, March 9 – Italy is ready to contribute to the drafting and application of decisions being formulated by the United Nations, European Union and NATO in regard to the crisis in Libya, the country’s Supreme Defence Council said on Wednesday.

    Italian bases in Sicily and southern regions would be key for any eventual international no-fly operation in Libya.

    A statement issued after a meeting of the council – chaired by President Giorgio Napolitano with the participation of Premier Silvio Berlusconi and Defence Minister Ignazio La Russa – said the organ had reviewed the recent developments in North Africa and parts of the Middle East as well as measures adopted so far to deal with the arrival of refugees in Italy.

    “Also discussed were the measures being adopted throughout Italy, and especially the regions involved, to deal with foreseeable developments in the crisis and eventual risks which they could cause,” the statement said.

    Besides the crisis in Libya the council also reviewed the situation in Afghanistan and the state of the transition of authority to Afghan authorities.

    Defence Minister La Russa illustrated a draft bill on the reorganization and rationalization of Italy’s armed forces aimed at meeting the country’s need to curb spending. The council will hold its next scheduled meeting on July 6.

    Aside from the president, premier and defence minister, also taking part in the council meeting were Foreign Minister Franco Frattini, Interior Minister Roberto Maroni, Economy Minister Giulio Tremonti, Industry Minister Paolo Romani and the chairman of the defence joint chiefs of staff, General Biagio Abrate.

    http://www.ansa.it/web/notizie/rubriche/english/2011/03/09/visualizza_new.html_1558105484.html

  11. kruitvat Says:

    Nato is enforcing a UN resolution to protect civilians in Libya amid a revolt that began in February, inspired by other uprisings in the Arab world.
    Mr Berlusconi announced the decision after a telephone call with US President Barack Obama, and would also call other European leaders to brief them personally, said his statement.
    Italy had previously said it would not take part in Nato-led air strikes, citing its 40-year colonial rule of Libya.

    —–
    Archives:

    25 April 2011

    Libya: Berlusconi backs Nato strikes by Italy jets

    Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi has approved the use of his country’s air force in Nato’s Libya mission.

    Italy was ready to allow its jets to take “targeted military action”, he said in a statement.

    Earlier, a Nato air strike badly damaged buildings in Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi’s compound in Tripoli.

    Nato is enforcing a UN resolution to protect civilians in Libya amid a revolt that began in February, inspired by other uprisings in the Arab world.

    Mr Berlusconi announced the decision after a telephone call with US President Barack Obama, and would also call other European leaders to brief them personally, said his statement.

    Italy had previously said it would not take part in Nato-led air strikes, citing its 40-year colonial rule of Libya.

    Nato split
    The UK has for weeks called for more commitment from Nato members to the operation in Libya, but on Monday Russia said the Western military intervention risked fanning a series of civil wars across the Middle East.

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Western nations had sided with the Libyan rebels, leading to an expectation among rebel groups in the Middle East that foreign countries would help them to overthrow their governments.

    “This creates a very dangerous mood,” said Mr Lavrov.

    “Unfortunately, it is probably contagious and it’s popping up amongst protesters in other countries of this region with the hopes that they just need to aggravate the situation and then the international community will come to help, will take their side.”

    Russia abstained from March’s UN resolution authorising a no-fly zone to protect civilians, and correspondents say the Kremlin feels Nato’s bombing campaign has gone beyond what the resolution is designed to do.

    Italy, France and Britain last week agreed to send military advisers to assist the Benghazi-based rebel Transitional National Council (TNC) in its battle against pro-Gaddafi forces.

    The US launched its first Predator drone strikes pro-Gaddafi military positions over the weekend, which the Libyan government denounced as crimes against humanity.

    ‘Agents, traitors and spies’

    In some of the latest air raids by Nato jets, at least two missiles reportedly struck the Libyan leader’s sprawling Bab al-Azizia compound early on Monday.

    Correspondents said the blasts they caused were among the biggest explosions in the capital so far.

    Government spokesman Moussa Ibrahim said Col Gaddafi was in a safe place and that his morale remained after what he called “an attempt to assassinate the leader and other political leaders of this country”.

    Mr Ibrahim said the air strike – which he described as “an act of terrorism” – killed three people and wounded 45.

    Col Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, condemned the “cowardly” attack.

    “You, Nato, are surrounded by agents, traitors and spies, while Muammar Gaddafi is surrounded by millions,” he said.

    “So I tell you now that you are losing the battle. History has proved that no state can rely on them to win.”

    The BBC’s Ian Pannell in Tripoli said the damaged buildings appeared to be the same ones that Col Gaddafi used to host a recent visit by an African Union peace mission.

    The attack prompted three Libyan TV stations to go off-air for a brief period.

    Nato says it has been actively targeting command and control positions in Libya
    ——–

    Duncan Kennedy
    BBC News, Rome
    For weeks Italy has resisted joining the Nato-led air missions over Libya. It argued that, as the former colonial power in Libya, the political cost of causing casualties was too high.

    Last week the head of the rebel Transition National Council visited Rome to plead for a change of mind. Italy responded by saying it would join Britain and France in sending military advisers, but would do no more.

    Now Mr Berlusconi has signalled a major shift in policy, saying that Italy would take action against what he called specific military objectives in order to help protect the civilian population.

    The move is likely to be welcomed by Nato planners who had asked its members to offer additional resources to keep up the pressure on Col Gadaffi.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-13188951

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