“The Libyan chaos poses the danger that we are now ferrying foreign IS fighters, so-called “foreign fighters”, who are already fighting in Syria, directly from Libya to Sicily.” This is the warning given by Italian Rear Admiral Nicola De Felice.”What worries me is the reckless shuttling of NGO ships between the Libyan coast and Italy. These ships are potential carriers of terrorist groups. I recall that Carola Rackete’s Sea Watch 3 brought three Libyan torturers into the country, who were only recognised and arrested after they landed,” said De Felice.The open ports policy can only exacerbate the situation. The Italian Ministry of the Interior had already issued a decree at Christmas that clearly spoke of the “persistence of the international terrorist threat”.
But something else needs to be highlighted: Soon there will be more “foreign fighters” in Libya who not only undermine national security by controlling the movement of migratory flows, arms and drugs, as well as armies of mercenaries who can severely damage our economic interests by laying their hands on the ENI oil concessions, the off-shore platforms and the Greenstream pipeline that connects Libya to Sicily and from there supplies the Italian electricity grid so that our housewives in Verona can make coffee every morning.
De Felice literally: “What baffles me is not so much what other nations like Turkey or Russia are doing, but what our government is not doing to protect our national interests in Libya.
The preservation of a nation’s freedom is directly proportional to the ability of its government to protect its national interests. Without statesmen capable of defining and implementing a national security strategy, Italy is lost.””The preservation of a nation’s freedom is directly proportional to the ability of its government to protect the national interest” – as the Italian Rear Admiral Nicola De Felice so aptly put it.