The end of a mistaken war

Those who have lost this war cannot obtain, let alone impose, anything.

"This is not the moment of" we told you so "and of" it could only end like this ".

Faced with the tragedy that is unfolding in Afghanistan, in these hours more precisely around the Kabul airport, we are all guilty in different ways. First of all, those who invented, wanted, conducted and lost war. Starting with those who, from Washington, armed the Taliban, their future adversaries, against the then government installed by the Soviet Union, and then unleashed a military intervention that lasted twenty years, by virtue of art. 5 of NATO.

At the cost of using another tragedy as an opportunity, that of the attack on the Two Towers, designed to shake the latent US isolationism, with the so-called allied governments in tow, including ours. But even those - and we are not exempt here either - who, step by step, did not have the ability to oppose what was maturing in that country; it does not matter if for lack of firmness, tenacity, understanding and persuasiveness, with a left in disarmament. We only have, as examples, Gino Strada and  some others  who, in prohibitive conditions, remain on the field to help the Afghan people, whatever their sex and orientation.

Now everyone has some specific duties. The first is to exert maximum pressure on its government and on the organizations to which it belongs - Italy, Europe, NATO, the UN - to safeguard the greatest number of human lives: in the management of escapes from Kabul through the construction of humanitarian channels; in the preparation of the reception and in the sharing of the resulting burdens.

The second, to favor a timely negotiating initiative by the UN, which supports a non-bloody management of the powers now acquired and established in Afghanistan, starting from what they have stated. Those who have lost this war cannot obtain, let alone impose, anything. Instead, there is a window of opportunity due to the fact that all permanent members of the Security Council, without exception - not even Russia and, above all, China - have to deal with large internal minorities of Muslim faith and culture, variously influenced by what takes place in that country. The Italian presidency of the G 20 also offers opportunities and precise duties.

The third, more specifically referring to Italy and other NATO member countries, is to monitor, where possible, to prevent the United States from resuming bombings, provocations, support, and the inflation of violent activities in that territory, perhaps with the intent to fuel a new bipolar opposition with China. 

Particularly difficult task for a ruling class such as ours, usually loyal and united in the execution of orders from a world capital now in decline (Washington), even at the cost of exposing the lives of its soldiers through the interpretative manipulation of Article 11 of the Constitution. Nassyrya docet.

Fourthly, in due time, promote and disseminate a discussion for the purpose of an adequate historical-political reconstruction of what has happened and to design a new European left, worthy of the name.

Gian Giacomo Migone

President of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate, Republic of Italy, 1994-2001; former Fprofessor of U.S. History, University of Torino

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