[Ed. note – Malta is an independent island nation located in the Mediterranean between Sicily and Libya. The people who live there probably would just as soon not get drawn into America’s war on terror (or perhaps more precisely war of terror), but of course being positioned at a strategic crossroad between Europe and North Africa sort of places them in the firing line. Now it seems they are going to have US drones flying over their heads.]
By Joseph M. Cachia
“Whatever one thinks of the justifiability of drone attacks, it’s one of the least ‘brave’ or courageous modes of warfare ever invented. It’s one thing to call it just, but to pretend it’s ‘brave’ is Orwellian in the extreme.”—Glenn Greenwald
The Italian government has quietly begun allowing armed American drones to fly out from its soil at the Sigonella station (a NATO and U.S. naval air-base) near Catania in Sicily, Italy for military operations against (allegedly) the Islamic State in Libya and across North Africa.
This is a breakthrough for Washington, as after more than a year of negotiations, Italy backed down and surrendered. Although the American media, through a political message, is trying to minimise this abuse by calling it ‘defensive’, it is not difficult to note the falsity and hypocrisy of such pretensions…