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PostPelosi Taiwan Visit: Bastian Contrario Weighs In (Eugenio Battaglia, Italy, 08/05/22 4:46 am)
This Bastian Contrario has some reflections on the present world situation, including the Taiwan visit of Nancy Pelosi.
The world is changing; new powers are rising and the universal moment of the "end of history" is dead. Yet history keeps running along until the end (sooner or later) of humanity.
The European countries unfortunately have not have noticed this. They continue to believe that the Empire is still ruling all over the world: The most important European leaders follow orders and even go beyond them to show what good lackeys they are. The Italian man from Goldman Sachs, ex-PM Draghi according to what was published by the NYT, has completely accomplished his mission to shift the political position of Italy from a convenient friendly partnership with Russia to one of cobelligerency against Russia. Oh well, Italy already has a shameful story of cobelligerency.
However, the best quote from the NYT of July 27 is: "Italy's problem is that its governments now serve two masters: the electorate (apparently EB) and global financial markets (in reality EB).
When Draghi placed sanctions against Russia and sent arms to Ukraine he said: "Italy shall choose between peace and air conditioning": now we do not have air conditioning (too expensive) and have cobelligerancy. In the winter we will not have heating.
Following the self-defeating sanctions against Russia, the Dutch TTF Natural Gas Futures jumped from 15 euros per KWH to more than 200 euros.
The dominating US Neocons are convinced that the (declining) Empire in the future will have to face an ever-stronger China; therefore, it should be much better to face it now by humiliating it with Taiwan while trying to debilitate Russia (instead of having it as an ally), thanks to the Ukrainian cannon fodder and the European lackeys. Any move to humiliate China including the provocative trip of an old lady is good for this vision.
Probably the Neocons are still convinced that the two Oceans are an invincible defense and full of cannon fodder at their service. But if things will get really bad, the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans will be a new Maginot line. Remember that already during WWII the Italian X Mas had prepared an attack on New York. On paper it could have been very successful, but it was canceled due to the impending unconditional surrender of the lousy Italian king.
On another topic, the poor athlete Brittney Griner has been sent to jail in Russia. Probably the cannabis with her was for medical purposes and I hope that she will be sent free immediately, even through an exchange of prisoners.
JE comments: Most invasions look good on paper. Eugenio, did the X Mas scheme assume that the Italian-Americans of New York would rise up in support?
Another curiosity: Nancy Pelosi is the most powerful Italian-American politician. What do the Italian people think of her? Anything at all?
Italy's Planned Raid on NY Harbor, WWII
(Eugenio Battaglia, Italy
08/06/22 6:37 AM)
When commenting on my post of 5 August, our esteemed editor wrote: "Eugenio, did the X MAS [New York invasion] scheme assume that the Italian-Americans of New York would rise up in support?"
Oh no, the X MAS raid never intended to involve civilians.
Mussolini, tender heart, was always respectful of the International Conventions on War and on the safeguard of civilians. A few examples:
1) The historian Leon Poliakov wrote: "Whenever the Italian troops arrived, a protecting screen was raised in front of the Jews." That happened in France, Greece, Yugoslavia, Russia, etc. See also the declaration of General Attorney Hausner at the Adolf Eichmann trial, and so on.
2) The use of gas during the Ethiopian war is quite different from the subsequent antifascist accounts. From the published exchange of cables between Mussolini and the local commanders on the field, Mussolini was very reluctant to give the green light to the requests and sporadically permitted retaliation only when responding to Ethiopian war crimes.
On 1 January 1936 we have a strong reprimand of Mussolini to Graziani for an accidental bombing of a Swedish Red Cross camp. On 29 March Mussolini sent a cable to Badoglio permitting the use of gas as retaliation, but such permission was revoked the following 10 April. On 27 April permission was again issued: "As the Ethiopians still use 'dum-dum' weapons, you are authorized, if you deem necessary, to use gas but not mustard gas."
Other cables of 11 and 14 April approved the peaceful (nota bene) flight of Italian warplanes over Addis Ababa. These were intended to wear down the nerves of the local population. (Quite a difference from the Allies' carpet bombing during WWII.).
3) During the RSI Mussolini strictly forbade the formation of partisans in Southern Italy to avoid retaliation by the Allies on the local population. Only sending agents for spying was permitted. These agents were regularly placed in front of a firing squad by the Allies if caught.
The planned attack by the X MAS on New York was very simple. A large submarine would have carried a minisub to Fort Hamilton, from where the minisub would have gone up the Hudson river to the harbor, where the submariners would have placed high explosives under the keels of various military and/or merchant ships. The attack would have caused relatively few losses but psychologically it would have hurt deeply.
Another attack was planned on Freetown, Sierra Leone.
By the way, swim flippers were invented by the X MAS.
About Nancy Pelosi, the Italian people are not much interested in the endeavors of Italian-Americans, but those who know well the history of Taiwan are admiring her for her (unwise?) visit to Taipei.
JE comments: Pelosi's visit was a Kosher pork chop that pleased nobody--the left cannot stand an unnecessary provocation on a rival power, and the right simply cannot stand Nancy Pelosi.
As for the X MAS raid--wasn't the Hudson River protected by anti-submarine nets during WWII? I assume this to be the case, although a quick Google search yields nothing concrete.
And regarding swimming flippers, our ol' pal Wikipedia says that Ben Franklin invented a (wooden) set during his childhood. Da Vinci, who envisioned nearly everything, also toyed with the idea.