Washington warned the European NATO countries that they must continue to increase their military budgets in order to "maintain their ability to defend themselves." Italy then must therefore increase its military spending, which has already risen to over 26 billion euros a year ($28.3 billion U.S.).
While the Coronavirus crisis paralyzes entire societies, powerful forces are moving to take full advantage of the situation. On March 27, NATO − under U.S. command − expanded from 29 to 30 members by including North Macedonia.
The next day - while the U.S. "Defender-Europe 20" exercise continued, with fewer soldiers but more nuclear bombers − the NATO Joint Warrior exercise with U.S., British, German and other forces began in Scotland, and will last until April 10, also including land operations.
Meanwhile, Washington warned the European NATO countries that, despite the economic losses caused by COVID-19, they must continue to increase their military budgets to "maintain the ability to defend themselves," obviously from "Russian aggression."
At the Munich Conference, on February 15, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the United States has urged the Allies to allocate another $400 billion to increase NATO's military spending, which is already well in excess of $1 trillion annually.
Italy must therefore increase its military spending, which has already risen to more than 26 billion euros per year, which is more than Parliament authorized to allocate a lump sum for the Coronavirus emergency (25 billion). NATO thus gains ground in a Europe largely paralyzed by the virus, where the USA, today more than ever, can do what it wants.
At the Munich Conference, Mike Pompeo violently attacked not only Russia but also China, accusing it of using Huawei and other of its companies as a "Trojan horse of intelligence", that is, as instruments of espionage. In this way, the United States is also increasing its pressure on European countries to break economic agreements with Russia and China and strengthen sanctions against Russia.
What would Italy have to do if it had a government that wanted to defend our real national interests? It would first of all have to refuse to increase our military spending, artificially inflated with the fake news of the "Russian aggression," and subject it to a radical overhaul to reduce the waste of public money in weapon systems like the US F-35 fighter aircraft.
It should immediately lift sanctions against Russia, developing interchange to the maximum. It should adhere to the request - presented on March 26 to the UN by China, Russia, Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba and North Korea - that the UN press Washington to lift all sanctions, particularly harmful at a time when countries are suffering from the Coronavirus.
The lifting of sanctions on Iran would also bring economic benefits for Italy, whose trade with that country has been practically halted by United States sanctions.
These and other measures would give oxygen above all to small and medium-sized enterprises that have been suffocated by forced closure and would make funds available for the emergency, especially for the most disadvantaged strata, without getting into debt. The greatest risk is that we could emerge from the crisis with a foreign debt knot around our necks that could reduce Italy to the conditions of Greece.
More powerful than the military forces, that is, those who have in their hands the decision-making levers also in the military-industrial complex, are the forces of great international finance, which are using the Coronavirus crisis for an offensive on a global scale with the most sophisticated weapons of speculation.
It is they who can bring millions of small savers to ruin, and they can use the debt to take over entire economic sectors. Decisive in this situation is the exercise of national sovereignty, not the exercise of political rhetoric, but the real sovereignty which, as enshrined in our Constitution, belongs to the people.