There are 129 foreign military bases operating on the Italian soil. The tens of thousands of NATO, UN and USA military and civil personnel, along with their wives and children; are buying all sorts of goods and services tax free.. Food, water, cloths, services, customs, loading/unloading a/o embarking/disembarking of goods and belongings, vehicles circulation fees, registration duties, stamps, road taxes, but most of all FUEL, are not only bought and exported/imported tax free, but as well they are fully exempted from the Value Added Tax (VAT).
All in all this population is paying less 60% than Italian citizens, for the same goods and services. And as if that is not enough, the Italian government is bound, by signed and approved treaties, to honour between 30% and 40% of the Expatriation Wages added to the Per-Diem Allowances for these military facilities by the paradox of such a permanent contingency.
But the harm is not limited to the huge financial burden dumped over an already exhausted tax payer (who is obliged against his will to absorb the uncollected dues from tax evasions and submerged economy); the ‘for now’ unseen uncalculated damage is ecologic and environmental.. We know that ever since the closure of WWII there were installed Nuclear Ballistic Missiles launchers and underground nuclear storing facilities to host the atomic devices (now all pointing southwest towards North Africa); the problem is of several folds:
a) The waste of these bases is to be handled by the local administrations, including Hazardous Waste: nuclear, medical, chemical; which overburden these administrations budgets causing continuous balance deficit and budget cuts, negatively affecting these administration’s governance on the territory thus harming the day-to-day lives of Italian citizens.
b) The beautiful Italian island of Sicily became a kind of a giant Air Carrier fully equipped with satellites antennas and radar/sonar gadgets controlling African restlessness, coordinating the Middle Eastern operations and the Asian Oil, in short half the world. And so while this military colonisation plays War to train its Drones on zero error missions, holidays passengers arrive frustrated for the cancelled flights, and locals suffer the Audio-Electro Pollution.
c) The uncontainable Radioactivity Contamination is continuously damaging human and animal lives; and soil radioactivity has already provoked an irreversible harm to agriculture and botanic products. Consequently Health in general is in constant jeopardy.
One example of what seem to be discarded by the authorities as a marginal aspect of the problem.. In the suburbs of Vicenza, the city host of the 173rd Brigade assigned to Italy after the closure of their base in Germany; a construction giant realised the Bunker Hospital equipped to host nothing less than the entire USA community in case of Bacteriological Attack.. If and when it should materialise, the Vicenzans must sort it out on their own, because they are not allowed into this Martian Medical Facility.
The latest available figures show that the computable financial burden, to be absorbed by the honest Italian tax payer, amounts to little less than 3 billion Dollars/year; and is surely destined to increase.
However this is an Italian story regarding the Italian people.. But what about ours? What about the Egyptian story? Can someone, or some authority, say for certain how much could be the cost of foreign soldiers whom under whichever invented acronym and for whatever mission are operating on our soil? Who’s paying for them? And what are their privileges? But most of all what could be the nature of their logistics and armaments arsenals stacked on the Egyptian territory?
We need to know now, when 3 million of our youth are without a hope for a job, 10 million are deprived from the security of a decent pension coverage or a basic health care programme, where tens of thousands of children cannot receive adequate education and 2.5 million families have no direct access to clear water.
I couldn’t find this information.. Can you?
Pass On The Word.Reference: Maurizio Chierici – Il Fatto Quotidiano.