I read an article in the newspaper “la Repubblica” which states what the Italian countermeasures would be in the event that Russia had to completely cut off gas supplies. Apparently, interest in fighting and heroic resistance is declining, also because the war procedure is repeated in the same way: Ukrainian soldiers hide tanks and missile batteries among residential houses, they use buildings as barracks, and eventually they turn people into human shields. The Russians begin bombing the suburbs to make civilians flee, leaving the clash only between soldiers; the struggle continues until something remains, after which the Ukrainian soldiers move to the next town, the civilians from the previous one, and who have been rescued, wander desperately through the rubble of their homes, and the whole process resumes elsewhere.
President Zelensky asks for drones to locate the enemy and howitzers with maximum precision and long range to hit the Russian batteries: Moscow’s army, with tanks and infantry, no longer moves between the houses to target them. From a journalistic point of view, the clash has lost its charm, it is no longer so captivating that it provokes romantic narratives, and another drama is added to the drama: death having to do a show, news, otherwise it can also be muted or scarce mentioned.
We then move on to more practical issues, the economic consequences of the war, and we learn that we have foreseen three levels of alerting. At the moment, we are stuck with the former, but in all likelihood, we will soon be forced to move on to the next with interventions ranging from gas rationing to energy-producing industries to greater use of coal-fired power plants. At the same time, we will have to follow consumer austerity policies, such as lowering the temperature for heating homes, offices and saving on public lighting. In fact, Draghi’s emergency plan predicts that the six plants still in operation (whose closure was planned for 2025 and located in Sardinia, Venice, Monfalcone, Civitavecchia and Brindisi) will increase electricity production.
Since everything needs energy to be produced, the government has set aside 30 billion to curb the effects of the crisis on households and businesses, to stem the rise in bills and support businesses affected by side effects such as higher transportation costs. All this will not be enough, and even when we succeed in signing new agreements with other states on the supply of gas, the costs will at least double, but unfortunately pensions and wages will not double.
With unjustified bravado, we look to the future with positivity and optimism, because we are the West: We are the best part of the world, the richest, the most democratic, as no goal is too difficult. Perhaps, but at this point it is justified to listen to an opposite and critical voice: Andrea Zhocks (in the picture), Associate Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Milan and with several publications, including: The concept of value: from ethics to economics (2001), The spirit of money and the liquidation of the world (2006), Emergentism (2011), Reality and its senses (2012), Representation and reality (2014), Freedom and nature (2017). Here are his words
‘When Ukraine will be a desert of ruins, torn apart between Russia and Poland, with millions of refugees, while the recession will destroy what is left of European welfare, and the new Iron Curtain on the Baltic Sea will force us to use the last indefinitely. resources in rearmament, that day and in all the years to come, please remember the whole team of politicians, opinion leaders and journalists who in February last year explained to you how it was an unacceptable violation of sovereign Ukraine to renounce NATO membership and accept The Minsk Agreements, which he had signed.
Remember those who worked tirelessly day after day to make any negotiation impossible, artfully nurturing a Russophobic wave that described Putin’s madness / illness to you with gloomy nuances that explained to you what Europe would be like. output stronger than before, who told you that the road to peace went through the supply of all available weapons, which angered a stage servant built in the studio as a brave leader of his people.
If these miserable rumors had not prevailed 5 months ago, if Ukraine had not in every way been encouraged to ‘keep the point’ with Russia (which we, the democratic West guaranteed so much), Ukraine today would be a buffer country, neutral , between NATO and Russia – with all the benefits of the neutral countries, which are commercially disputed from all directions – a peaceful country where wheat would be harvested and which would not mourn over tens of thousands of deaths (nor their dead Russian mothers ).
But driven by the usual love of a greater good, by its own famous, non-negotiable and incorruptible principles, the Western political-media bloc has led the Ukrainian people to slaughter and the European peoples to immigration and terminal subordination.
You are not expected to react, let alone, but at least, do not forget. ‘
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