venerdì 21 ottobre 2011

The Weakness of Political Power

The Muammar Gaddafi's death has left me quite confused. There's something making me doubtful and I cannot explain why. Maybe it depends on the fact that just few months ago Gaddafi has been warmly welcomed by the italian government with great honor (sometimes also with a smarmy deference): just few months ago his tent was set up in Rome and a long cue of politicians as well as young ladies (for few coins) were waiting there just to talk with him.

Passing in a very short time from this to the videos and snapshots of his body covered with blood and riddeld with bullets is leaving me quite thoughtful...

There are many things to think about. First of all the Muammar Gaddafi's death is a warning on the vacuity of political power in all its expressions and declinations. Surely Gaddafi was a violent dictator who with violence has tried to suppress the waves of opposition to his regime. But any politician, even in a democratic or pseudo-democratic system, should think about the weakness of the foundations on which the political power is based above all in case of corrupted, dishonest, ethically questionable figures.  

When a politician (as well as anyone else) loses his/her own simplicity, openness, transparency, honor, sense of shame and dignity he/her develops a sense of arrogance which, when everything goes well, drives you over the top. But the higher you go, the worst will be the fall when the things are going bad. There's a great difference between falling from a single step and falling from an entire flight of stairs.

Moreover, I have a very bad taste in my mouth about the usual horrible spectacle the italian government is deserving to us at international level. The servile behaviour held in welcoming Gaddafi when recently in Italy was a shame at that time and it's still a shame now with the Gaddafi's death. In my opinion many italian politicians should shut up to avoid further awkward spectacles. When I watch in TV their interviews where they speak about the positive role of Italy in supporting the great changes in Libya is something ridiculous and silly. This people probably hope that italians have a very bad memory: maybe there are right because too many people are every day poorly or bad informed.

This is thus an occasion to repeat that there's Another Italy surely better than the italian political class...

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