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PostVictor Emmanuel III Reinterred in Italy (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 12/23/17 3:34 am)
Some interesting news these days from Italy:
The late king Vittorio Emanuele III and his wife Elena of Montenegro have been transferred respectively from Egypt and France into the Santuario di Vicoforte Mondovì (Cuneo, Italy), so finally they can rest together again.
The Santuario was erected by Duke Carlo Emanuele I of Savoy following a miracle by the Virgin Mary in a place where there already was an ancient chapel dedicated to the Virgin. It is said that a hunter fired and shot a statue of the Virgin, which started to bleed.
Personally I believe that the reinterment was the correct thing to do, even if I disapprove of the King's actions during WWII. The communists and the Italian Jewish Community have strongly protested the relocation of the bodies, because of Vittorio Emanuele's support for Mussolini.
The new Austrian Rightist government has stated that it will give Austrian nationality to the ethnically German Altoatesini/Sudtirolesi. This is a new crisis in the making.
I may say that for sure that the Austrian government is not Neo-Nazi, as Hitler wrote in Mein Kampf that Alto Adige/Sud Tyrol should not be turned into a confrontation with Italy. In fact in 1939 Hitler invited those in Italy who were feeling German (and Nazi) to migrate to the Third Reich. In 1948, the foolish Italian PM De Gasperi, a good lackey of the US, agreed to the return of these former Nazis, but at this time, they hid the Nazi flags and were considered "poor persecuted" people.
The Italian Government has also decided to send troops to Niger--mission EUCAP. Presently, there are Italian NATO troops in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Turkey, Italian UN forces in Lebanon, Libya, Mali, Somalia, East Africa, as well as other operations Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Somalia, and Djibouti.
How funny, the Italian Republic--lay, democratic, and antifascist--states in Article 11 of its Constitution that Italy repudiates war, but it is occupied by foreign troops and sends its troops to fight all over the world.
JE comments: Yes, Mussolini occupied no more than 3 or 4 countries at a time. But Italy is presently attempting to keep the peace, not wage wars of conquest. Am I being naïve?