It is a well established tradition in Italy that, whenever the Pope opens his mouth, a chorus of bipartisan consensus rises among politicians. But now Pope François has spoken against the war, referring implicitly but clearly to the planned attack against Syria. And he wondered: "This war here, this war there - because there wars on all sides , is it really a war because of problems or is it a trade war to sell weapons? ".

Faced with such a position and the broad popular mobilization that supports it, the chorists have ​​muted themselves. Virtually absent in the media are the usual applause from the President, Head and members of the government and secretaries of the biggest parties. In compensation, the secretary of PD ( Partito Democratico ), Guglielmo Epifani, congratulated the government for "a right choice from the start, expressing opposition to the intervention in Syria."

Epifani has forgotten that the day before, the Letta government had agreed, on the sidelines of the G20 in St. Petersburg to the Declaration on Syria by the United States, which condemned the Syrian government for its "terrifying attack with chemical weapons", accused the security Council of being "paralyzed" (the Russian veto) and requested "a strong international response ."

Epifani also remained silent concerning the fact that Italy is on the front line in the preparations for the naval attack against Syria: just as it was for the one against Libya in 2011, it would be headed by the U.S. Command in Naples and supported by all the network of USA/ NATO bases in Italy , especially those of Sigonella (Sicily) and Camp Darby (Pisa) .

For the first attack, lasting a few days, the air forces put into action by the U.S. and France are more than enough: they would launch hundreds of missiles and bombs with penetrating warheads. Strategic B-52 Spirit bombers would probably also be used. They are the world’s most expensive aircraft (more than $ 2 billion each), already used against Serbia , Iraq and Libya. Designed for nuclear attack, they can carry more than 18 tons of bombs and missiles with non- nuclear warhead.

Direct Italian involvement of a military kind in the first phase is redundant, although it is not excluded. Ostensibly to protect the Italian contingent in Lebanon, the anti-torpedo missle launcher Andrea Doria has been sent to the Eastern Mediterranean, adding to U.S., French , Israeli and Turkish units facing the Russian units. The situation is more and more perilous as Russian warships in the eastern Mediterranean will reach 12 units .

Epifani also ignores the fact that Italy has long been committed to supporting the internal war in Syria: it participates in the intergovernmental group "Friends of Syria", which last June in Doha, has openly committed to providing arms to the "rebels" (which it was already doing all along under the directions of the CIA ).

Although silent, the government did not fail to attend last Saturday’s prayers for peace. The Defence Minister Mauro joined the vigil in St. Peter’s Square, without for as much responding to journalists who asked him how he managed to combine prayer for peace with the purchase of F35s. Prime Minister Letta went to church in Cernobbio but did not respond when asked if he participated in the fast for peace .

The rule of silence , he learned by participating in the Bilderberg Group, dome of occult powers , which at their 2012 meeting ( always in private and away from the press ) invited along with Letta obscure "representatives of the Syrian opposition".

This rubric was written before the Russian and Syrian Foreign Ministers accept the US ’’peace offer’.

Roger Lagassé
Il Manifesto (Italy)